FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN
Does the Republican Party Really Want More African Americans?
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Starring: Kevin Williams, Edward Brooke,
Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 111 minutes
Distributor: Shamrock Stine Productions
Director: Kevin Williams
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Kevin Williams, Tamara
Writer: Kevin Williams
Address Comments To:Shamrock Stine Productions
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Kevin goes through the history of the Republican Party. He explains how after the civil war, most African-Americans identified themselves as Republicans. All of this changed decades later when Democratic Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman both made executive orders for African-American civil rights. After this, for the first time, a majority of African Americans identified themselves as Democrats, and it’s stayed that way ever since.
Kevin decides to ask the experts why they think the GOP lost the black vote. He interviews Democrats, Republicans, university professors, and African American civil leaders. One trend that seems to stick out. Conservative activists say they need more support from the Republican establishment to make political progress in urban neighborhoods, but the party leaders say that they need more grassroots support working on the ground for that to happen. Thus, the GOP is stuck in a kind of Catch 22.
The movie ends the movie with a question. Will the Republican Party adjust its platform to draw the African Community in or it will continue the status quo?
In FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN, a very valid and important question is asked that both Republicans and Democrats should pay attention; but, where the movie lacks is that it doesn’t adequately address the real issues behind the original question. Issues like the welfare system, poor education, high crime, and dysfunctional families are at the heart of what plagues urban areas. However, the documentary doesn’t really bring up these issues. Also, the cinematography and editing lack good quality, and the worldview isn’t strong enough. In the end, the movie will invoke some good discussion, but not necessarily the kind of discussion needed to make real change.
FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN raises an important question, but fails to answer it properly. The real issues that many urban areas face, such as poor education, crime, dysfunctional families, and welfare, are hardly addressed. The movie has no objectionable content and conservative ideologies are celebrated. However, other than prayer at a political event, the movie is void of Christian content. FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN needs some work to help it gain a larger audience.