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Fear of a Black Republican

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Fear of A Black Republican begins with the simple question... Does the Republican Party really want more African Americans? From the Civil War to the Great Depression, the GOP was the Party for many African-Americans, but today, barely 10% of African Americans consider themselves to be Republican and Urban areas are no longer considered competitive parts of America s Election map.  Beginning in his hometown, Williams speaks with BOTH Democrats and Republicans as he takes a personal and humorous  look at his own Republican Party s efforts in urban areas versus the suburbs, the Democratic Party's success in retaining the African American vote, the seeming phenomenon of Black Republicans and what this all means for America. Fear of A Black Republican gives audiences of all Demographics and Political Persuasions a ground-breaking and moving view of American Politics unlike any they have ever seen and one which they'll never forget.

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DVD Review by Kam Williams Excellent (4 stars) Have you ever noticed how few African-American Republicans there are? At any Grand Old Party gathering you see on TV, there are generally so few blacks in attendance that they tend to stand out like a sore thumb. That sorry state of affairs inspired Tavis Smiley to remark that you can fit all the black Republicans with any clout into a phone booth. And they're probably also about as hard to find as a phone booth is nowadays. This phenomenon was not lost on Kevin Williams, a white Republican from Trenton, New Jersey, who felt frustrated by the fact that the Democrats had a stranglehold on all the political positions in his predominantly African-American hometown. So, as a filmmaker, he decided to shoot a documentary getting to the bottom of why blacks aren't represented in the Republican Party. Is it that the GOP would prefer to remain lily-white or are African-Americans simply short-changing themselves by remaining so loyal to the Democratic Party? That fundamental question rests at the heart of Fear of a Black Republican, an eye-opening expose' supplying a variety of intriguing answers. In order to unravel the mystery, Williams approached some of the black Republicans crammed into the aforementioned phone booth, from recently-deposed RNC Chairman Michael Steele to former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts Ed Brooke who warns of corruption where there's no two-party system. Yes, there's that danger in districts where a Democratic nomination assures a candidate of victory. Still, there's probably truth to Tavis' suggestion that once the Republican Party figured out that it could win national and statewide elections without blacks then the needs of that constituency never rose to the top of its agenda. Among the other pundits weighing-in here are Princeton Professor Dr. Cornel West, right-wing journalists Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter, and possible Presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. Yet, the most meaningful interviews are with rank and file black Republicans, average folks who make heartfelt pitches for their fellow African-Americans to abandon the Democrat Party which they indict for taking the black vote for granted. Whether it's up to white Republicans or jaded black Democrats looking for an alternative to make the first overture, Fear of a Black Republican might serve as a great conversation breaker to encourage both camps to bury the hatchet and to give each other serious consideration as a viable political partner. However, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the GOP to reflect the all-inclusive rainbow the Party envisioned during more enlightened times when Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and a plethora of black Republican candidates ran successful campaign for political office. --Kam Williams, Syndicated Film Critic - News Blaze

It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or Republican. This is an engaging, unflinching look at the Two-Party system... for better or worse. --Shawn Edwards, Film Critic - Fox

I know only too well how lonely it can be as a black conservative. If the Party is going to remain relevant it needs to wake up. Fear of a Black Republican may just be that wake-up call. --Fmr. Congressman Allen B. West (R-FL)

Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Steele, Mitt Romney, Tavis Smiley, John McCain, Christine Todd Whitman
  • Directors: Kevin J Williams
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Shamrock Stine Productions LLC
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0093OQE36
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,724 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I had the privilege of seeing Fear of a Black Republican when it premiered in my hometown. Viewers of all political persuasions will appreciate this candid, thought-provoking film. It avoids tired, partisan talking points and divisive language. Instead, it is director Kevin Williams' plea for his own party to do a better job of reaching out to African-American voters.

Williams starts with Trenton, NJ, a city in decline after decades of government dominated by a single party. He then looks back to the origins of the Republican party, both parties' roles in the Civil Rights movement (often misunderstood or distorted today), and a series of opportunities missed by the GOP. Williams examines the challenges (and criticisms) faced by conservative African-Americans who want to vote their values, by African-American candidates hoping to find real support within the Republican party, and by white Republicans trying to reach across racial lines.

Fear of a Black Republican isn't a diatribe against Democrats or a pep rally for Republicans. It is an honest look at the GOP's complex relationship with black voters. Regardless of party, this is an interesting film with a conciliatory, rather than polarizing, tone.

For me, it is a call to action.
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I purchased the documentary, 'Fear of a Black Republican' following reviewing the trailer. With most movies or Documentaries the trailer is as about as good as it gets, not so with Fear of a Black Republican. The Documentary was extremely informative regarding the history of African-Americans in party politics. The Movie looks at the progressive change from the Republican Party being a champion of the black plight in America to losing nearly all vote support in recent years. Conversely, the movie also shows that the Democratic party has become so accustomed to getting the Black vote, that it has taken the demographic for granted.

Several people in the movie make the argument that if Blacks would be move evenly distributed in both parties, each party would have to compete for their vote and focus more on black issues.

Black Republicans make a point that the Republican National Convention fails to financially support black candidates in heavily Democratic districts because of a misguided view that by doing so African-Americans will turn out in larger numbers to vote against them.

This movie is will not make either political party happy as the author takes an honest and candid look at each parties failings. Therefore, this documentary is highly recommended for discussion groups in college social science courses and local political party presentations.
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This film is long overdue. It addresses one of the most pressing issues in the Republican Party. How do they enlarge the tent and bring peoples of color into the fold? Considering the subject matter, I am surprised that Mr. Williams has not been called on the carpet to address his concerns with the powers to be of the GOP. I am sure Gov. Romney could have used his sage advice on such matters this past November 6th. The film is laid out in a fact based chronology that moves at a good pace and engages the viewer. The interviews are well-balanced and the list of those called on to testify are a legit who's who's in and out of the GOP. Although the film is considered by some to be too long, the length is dedicated to getting the record straight and not appeasing the poltical light weights who want to be entertained by standard fare and educated/informed. Job well done Mr. Williams and good luck on your next venture - FEAR OF A LATINO REPUBLICAN ???
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Found this by accident while searching for something else and was intrigued by the title. Was particularly satisfied with the historical aspect since so many seem not to know until I make sure they do. This is a must see for everyone regardless of political affiliation. Maybe when the political parties target recruitment to people as Americans instead of groups by color, language or eye shape things may change. Doubt it though. Beyond the ability of most.
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Yes, indeed, demographics! And if Karl Rove and his faithful followers had fully considered the options that producer Kevin Williams made clear in his thought-provoking production, he and other establishment Republicans would not today be about to witness President Obama's upcoming second inaugural address in January. Rove, Dick Morris, Ann Coulter and others could have helped in creating a political formula to attract Black Americans into the Party of Lincoln, instead of relying on an outdated strategy that has produced repetitious defeats in 2008 and 2012 for promising Black Republican candidates such as Mia Love in Utah, Alan West in Florida, and Lynn Swann in Pennsylvania.
Consider, as Speaker Gingrich has pointed out we even lost ground with Asian-Americans in 2012! That's right, a hard-working, over-achieving group that truly should be a very easy fit into the Republican tent. Instead, they went over to the Democratic circus! Why? Williams provides us with a number of clues in his meticulously researched DVD on the dearth of Blacks in Republicans ranks. Namely, what are we offering them in contrast to the Democrats? How about offering them the truth? That's right, point out the success of Black Americans who embrace and embody the values of the Republican Party and shout those results from the rooftops! Get these men and women to run and support them!
Face it, fellow elephants, to the extent that we forget lessons forged for over a century that fellow Republicans such as Lincoln, Eisenhower, Taft, Reagan, Buchanan and Russell Kirk have bequeathed to Americans of all races, we will continue to falter. In one of the more revealing clips in the Williams film he interviews Michelle Malkin, who offers those who choose to listen superb advice. TELL BLACK AMERICANS THE TRUTH!
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