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ELDER: 'Uncle Tom,' the movie

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29.06.2020

On June 19, also known as Juneteenth, the celebration of the end of slavery in the United States, we released our film, “Uncle Tom.” It follows a young, black, Christian contractor, Chad Jackson, who was a long-time Democrat until challenged by a fellow Christian to read the platforms of the Democratic and Republican parties.

He did.

Jackson was shocked to discover that his support for limited government, low taxes and school choice, and his opposition to abortion on demand, made him a … Republican!

“Uncle Tom” explores the often-vicious blowback Jackson got from friends and family, let alone others, when he announced his conversion. Instead of Jackson’s evolution sparking a healthy discussion about which party’s policies better advance the interests of Blacks, Jackson found himself being called “Uncle Tom,” a “sellout” and a “self-loather.”

The film simply asks: “Why is there no respectful disagreement in the black community? Why are great black thinkers like Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams and Shelby Steele ignored or marginalized by the black and mainstream media?” Despite impressive, decades-long bodies of work — columns,........

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