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The first installment highlighted the experiences of black conservatives and gave a platform for them to explain their experiences living in a world where they are outcasts for holding a different point of view than the one mandated for their entire race by society at large. Uncle Tom II: An American Odyssey takes a different approach.

Uncle Tom II fleshes out the historical context that has led to near-total ideological conformity among the black community. It presents a thesis anathema to every liberal fact-checker, Afrocentric college intellectual, far-left Black Lives Matter shock troop, and even a milquetoast conservative.

The movie begins with its narrator, Chad Jackson, a blue-collar, working-class black American construction worker, describing his intellectual journey from liberalism toward conservatism. Jackson says he hopes the film “breaks the spell that so many people are under that keeps them angry, makes them bitter, blinds them from the truth.”

A staple of the documentary is images and videos of the historic black American family, now a forgotten relic of the past, juxtaposed with mass media propaganda about twenty-first-century black people being victims of slavery. The images of an enraged and indoctrinated seven-year-old girl participating in a BLM terror march are shocking and offensive to the senses; they set the stage for the heartwrenching story of the fall of the American black community.

Uncle Tom II paints the picture of a strong, independent black culture that rose from the shackles of slavery into immediate prosperity—a truth of history lost in our contemporary narrative. This culture arose before the victim mentality insidiously crept its way into the black mindset. Following the repeal of slavery, black Americans had the opportunity to enjoy freedom, to pursue commerce and reap its rewards, and to be seen as equal participants in a society ever striving for growth and improvement; they were not subject to a grotesque welfare state subsidizing indolence and depravity in the name of compassion. These industrious people thrived despite the tangible institutional racism they faced. Black Americans worshiped Christ, had a stable family and church life, and began to build intergenerational wealth.

Uncle Tom II touches on a third rail that very few conservatives do not dare to broach. Conservatives have adopted egalitarian talking points because they are too cowed to speak ill of “diversity” and “tolerance,” which have been elevated to the most sacrosanct of virtues by the liberal elite. It depicts contemporary secular black society and its thrall to heroes of depravity—murals and deification of figures such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Michael Brown—whose only contribution to society was dying in violent encounters with law enforcement. It is clear that, in our present, sick paradigm, these figures replace Christ, making them false idols for a dark and dystopian time. This transformation took place by design, with the “trained Marxist” founders of BLM following a time-tested blueprint of separating the people from the love of their actual Creator just like Mao, Stalin, Lenin, and other communist despots did.

While these points are strong and controversial, Uncle Tom II goes into truly verboten territory while it chronicles the history of the civil rights movement. It is heavy-handed in positing that the civil rights movement transformed the black community from a Christian-oriented, dignified, family-centric culture into what it has become today: one defined by grievance and envy and hatred of white people, who are seen as oppressors and routinely vilified as the “other.” And it was not just fringe figures of the civil rights movement whom Uncle Tom II targeted, but also the ringleader himself: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Uncle Tom II puts King’s words under the microscope, along with those other civil rights icons, such as Stokely Carmichael, to unravel how they fanned the flames of racial tension and laid the seeds for BLM and the dismal present-day situation of blacks in America. This is a critique that most conservatives, who near-universally humiliate themselves at the altar of MLK worship, are unwilling to touch. Civil rights figures were always under the influence of light-skinned radicals, like Saul Alinsky, who saw black grievance as a helpful mechanism to catalyze the entry of subversive left-wing politics into the American psyche and who guided the hand of this movement and pushed its destructive ends. 

Tracing the roots of Marxism back to the turn of the twentieth century shows how black greatness has been consistently undermined. Early leaders of the black community like Booker T. Washington demanded black excellence and rejected the victim narrative. He encouraged black self-improvement over political action, imploring blacks to build their own communities and become self-sufficient and self-reliant. His shrewd land acquisition resulted in the formation of a thriving ethnic enclave in Harlem, dispelling the notion that blacks could not be upwardly mobile before white liberals bestowed government privileges upon them. Washington’s foil, elitist intellectual W.E.B. DuBois, promoted socialism, demanding political equality and integration, and stressed the need for entitlements rather than entrepreneurship. The documentary makes a compelling case that this authentic black history has been suppressed in favor of pseudohistorical, anti-American libels like the 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory.

Uncle Tom II broached a wide array of topics credibly in fewer than two hours. It described the genesis of Cultural Marxism from the scribblings of Italian philosopher Antonio Gramsci, which formed the basis for left-wing infiltration of non-governmental institutions with the intent to debauch and degrade them to undermine the current order. This multigenerational plan was capstoned by the advent of mandatory government education and the erosion of faith and religion in those schools. Prayer was banned in American schools in 1962, and Bible reading was prohibited just a year later. The rise of Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, and Sigmund Freud challenged the dignity of man, and their revolution decimated the West. Now, we stand at a precipice where our very civilization hangs in the balance. We will be either the generation that defeats or succumbs to this menace.

Lt. Colonel Allen West, former HUD Director Ben Carson, and Christian conservative radio host Jesse Lee Peterson were the most prominent noteworthy figures in Uncle Tom II. They eloquently and forcefully stated the truth in a manner that most white conservative leaders would never have the courage even to think, much less say. This is not the type of information that mainstream conservative influencers–with millions of dollars depending on them staying within the artificial bounds of intellectual conformity–want their followers to understand. These mainstream figures might tiptoe along the margins in criticizing the legacy of the civil rights movement, but they would never tear down the shibboleth of MLK. They certainly would never have the gall to say that the most prominent black leaders, revered by the whole of American society, were little more than the corrupt puppets of devious white communists. Non-black conservatives would be dismissed as conspiracy theorists, and they would inevitably be “canceled” for trying to present the unvarnished and complex truth in such an uncompromising manner. That is what makes Uncle Tom II so important: it brings together the right people—conservative black patriots with high name recognition and respectably authority—to share a compelling narrative that counters the leftist narrative.Something that rings true after watching Uncle Tom II is that this is a new, nascent breed of black conservatives who weren’t bought off with promises of handouts from the Platinum Plan. They were not won over by Trump’s more inclusive rhetorical shift devised by Jared Kushner during his second presidential campaign. They were animated, just like every other American Patriot, by Trump’s rhetoric and the promise of a better life. Trump’s aura is driving the Blexit movement; black Americans want to live the capitalist dream just as white people have for generations. Wealthy, coddled, spoiled, guilt-ridden liberal whites wish to kill the system not only for their progeny but also for blacks, who will only be allowed to achieve as much as the globalist cabal of rulers arbitrarily deems sustainable. Uncle Tom II tramples on the notion that blacks’ destiny is to be serfs on a “woke” plantation. It rejects the civil rights movement and its disgraceful legacy of abject failure. Perhaps a statue of Joe McCarthy can replace the toppled MLK monument in Washington D.C. after the MAGA revolution’s inevitable success, when Uncle Tom II becomes mandatory viewing at inner-city schools.

Gavin Wax

Gavin Wax is a New York-based conservative political activist, commentator, columnist, operative, and strategist. He also serves as the 76th President of the New York Young Republican Club and as an Ambassador for both Turning Point USA & Live Action. You can follow him on Twitter at @GavinWax.

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