In a collection of intimate interviews with some of America’s most provocative black thinkers, a new movie released today takes a different look at being black in America. Featuring media personalities, ministers, civil rights activist, veterans, and a self-employed plumber, the film Uncle Tom explores their personal journeys of navigating the world as one of America’s most misunderstood political and cultural groups: The American Black Conservative.
In this eye-opening film from Director Justin Malone and Executive Producer Larry Elder, Uncle Tom examines self-empowerment, individualism and rejecting the victim narrative. Uncle Tom shows us a different perspective of American History from this often ignored and ridiculed group.
The title, of course, comes from the name of the lead character in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s seminal 1852 novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which portrays him as both hero and goat, as he gives his life to assist escaped slaves while acting subservient to the slaveholders.
In modern times, the heroic part is widely ignored, though not in this movie, where some black conservatives are seen wearing the “Uncle Tom” moniker as a badge of honor. In one scene, activist Jesse Lee Peterson even boasts of his “Coon of the Year” award that sits on a shelf in his radio studio.
The film, from director Justin Malone, features former congressman Allen West, 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain and TV pundit Candace Owens, who jokes that the most ridiculous thing she has been called is “a black white supremacist.”
The movie also stars a host of prominent people via news clips, including President Barack Obama, John Legend, Jay-Z, Denzel Washington and Trevor Noah.
“The message could not be more important or more timely,” says Elder.
Uncle Tom is available to watch online or on DVD/Blu-ray. Click to watch online or buy a DVD. Uncle Tom was released on June 19, 2020. This date is also known as Juneteenth which commemorates the end of the Civil War and slavery.