Uncle Tom

Director: Justin Malone
Year Released: 2020
Rating: 2.0

Documentarian Malone touches on the controversial subject of Black Conservatism in the United States and interviews some of its most vocal proponents - including Larry Elder (who co-wrote the script and executive produced it), Candace Owens, Robert Woodson and Jesse Lee Peterson - who talk about aligning themselves with the right-wing Republican Party despite the prevalent opinion that the Democratic Party is the one serving in their best interests (hence being called the title insult, which comes from the Harriet Beecher Stowe novel).  The timing of this release - with Black Lives Matter protestors out in waves over the issue of police brutality - feels like they're trolling everyone, but the reality is - and I say this as a Liberal Democrat - that despite it being propaganda that's laid on really thick (the score is ridiculous), there are hard truths brought up by these passionate people that really do need to be brought out into the open and discussed, like fatherlessness in the black community, black-on-black crime and whether or not systemic racism exists (none of them think it does).  Valid - and troubling - talking points aside, it then goes where I expected it to in praising Emperor 45, blaming Obama for dividing the country and equating the Democratic Party with the both the Devil and the Ku Klux Klan ... which is when I drifted off into "you have got to be kidding me" territory....