Why is it blacks, as a group, seem to vote so overwhelmingly for the Democratic party that it’s seeming pathological?
Why would they do this considering a Republican president ended slavery (Lincoln) and was instrumental in getting the Civil Rights act passed and signed (Eisenhower). And what is the bias pushing the voting so overwhelmingly Democrat? The documentary film, “Fear Of A Black Republican” provided a wealth of information to begin to find those answers.
Directed by Kevin Williams and produced by Tamara Williams and, this husband and wife team has developed a brilliant documentary film that takes you on a ride that at sometimes is overwhelming with information but all of it is necessary and will make you want to pause, take notes and reflect. The catalyst for the film was Kevin’s desire to stay in his hometown of Trenton, NJ (the Democrat-controlled state capital which is notorious for crime, unemployment and a failing education system) and become a solution to his city’s problems by becoming civically active. While trying to obtain doorhangers from the Trenton GOP to campaign for George W. Bush in 2008, he realizes the GOP seems more interested in not ruffling the feathers of the NJ State Senator’s people in Trenton than reaching out to the entire voting base. Add onto that his attendance of a local political event with Maxine Waters famously trashing the likes of Condoleeza Rice and Colin Powell, and an eye-opening trip to CPAC, Kevin finds out as a urban Republican he has more in common with Black Republicans than he ever thought he would. And from there this documentary shows just how much.
Some people may think by the title of this film that it’s a non-stop beating up of Democrats (both black and white) for their treatment of Black Republicans. Democrats are held to account but to me the biggest damnation of the film lies blame squarely at the foot of the GOP. From Kevin’s having to wrangle to get doorhangers, to Black Republicans speaking to how they seem to be strangers in their own party to the lack of support and promotion of Catherine Davis’ campaign in GA, it is the GOP, not Democrats, who seemingly have the biggest fear of the Black Republican and the work it will take to approach the black vote in general without being called a ‘racist’. What makes the GOP party establishment worse that Democrats is that at least the Democrats ask for that vote while Republicans seemingly don’t even try. How insulting is that to a person to say you’re not even worth spending the time to court your vote? And people wonder why the GOP has such an image problem within the black community.
Last year, Kevin emailed a press package to the Montana College Republicans about showing the film on campus. The college group’s response was quick, concise and simple.
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