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Preview 'Runaway Slave' With Former NAACP Leader (Now Tea Party Member) Rev. C.L. Bryant

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 16, 2012 11:31 AM
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No commentary from me on this one. I'll just post the details, and you guys can talk amongst yourselves if you'd like. 

Titled Runaway Slave (which is attention-getting enough), the documentary was directed by Pritchett Cotten, and stars former NAACP leader C.L. Bryant - former president of NAACP's Garland, Texas, who is now a leading Tea Party activist, and has actually defended the group against accusations of racism, and who accused Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton of “exploiting” Trayvon Martin‘s death to “racially divide this country," earlier this year.

Just some background info, so you have some idea of the minds behind this film.

The doc's synopsis reads:

Runaway Slave is a compelling, insightful look at how government policies have systematically re-enslaved the black population in the United States. Through entitlements and other government programs, a perpetual state of welfare exists, creating what can only be described as a form of modern slavery for a large percentage of the African-American community. The documentary features Rev. C.L. Bryant, who proudly refers to himself as a “runaway slave.” This former NAACP chapter president left the organization after concluding its goals were more about political posturing than actual civil rights. Along with interviews with leading black conservatives, the film is a history lesson not being taught in the public schools and a revealing look at legislation aimed at curbing and controlling the black population. The question the movie dares to ask: “Are African Americans truly ‘free at last’?”

Its website says that it'll be in theaters on July 27, although I couldn't tell which cities. Howevern its Facebook page (which boasts over 8,000 fans) shows that it's actually been playing in theaters around the country for the last month or so, maybe those are preview screenings. It's not immediately clear based on available info.

Maybe some of you have actually seen it.

Watch the trailer below:

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  • Julie | July 17, 2012 2:18 AMReply

    This is from And So it Goes in Shreveport Blog, I did not copy the whole thing.
    Film Review: Runaway Slave

    When Runaway Slave comes to a theater near you, drop what you're doing and go see it.

    Having heard Rev. C. L. Bryant speak before, I thought I had an idea what to expect but I underestimated the power of the documentary. It's very powerful.

    Visually, the movie has a gritty, urban, edgy feel to it that contrasts with rural rolling hills and scenic neighborhoods as narrator C. L. Bryant makes his way from one city to the next, crossing America, ultimately ending up in Washington, D.C., where he movingly stands at the Jefferson Memorial reading lines from the Declaration of Independence. I have to say, I got a tear in my eye on that one.

    Bryant drives across the country asking black individuals along the way "Are we free at last? Are you free?" He strides purposefully across the nation and listens inquisitively at both Tea Party rallies and NAACP rallies. He asks black Americans what they are prevented from doing today because of their skin color.

    The only person who wouldn't, or couldn't, answer that was Rev. Al Sharpton who refused to speak to Bryant in the documentary.

    C. L. Bryant tells of his journey from liberalism to conservatism. He was a chapter president of the NAACP in Garland, Texas at one time, a position he lost because of his pro-life stance. He also lost the position of pastor of his church because of his conservatism. But Bryant has brought his message to a much larger audience now with Runaway Slave and it's a message that everyone needs to see.

    The thesis of the documentary is the enslavement of black society by big government. Bryant tries to determine why 95% of the black community votes Democrat and why the nation is still so racially divided. People like Rev. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are described in interviews as "poverty pimps" because while they claim to represent the best interests of black America they are profiting from the continued degraded social status of blacks.

    To support his thesis Bryant talks to many black leaders across America such as Alveda King who spoke strongly against Planned Parenthood and cited the high abortion rate in black society. She noted the prevalence of Planned Parenthood in black communities and suggested they "target" black women.

  • Floyd Webb | July 16, 2012 7:22 PMReply

    Rev is doing what most Revs would do when the collection plate come up short, look for the closest source of income and poontang that only requires a preprogrammed message and the ability to rhyme beyond iambic pentameter. In this case he joins the Tea Pahtay and rubs elbows with the likes of Glenn Beck.

    Ain't democrazy wonderful. He escapes the "slavery" of the democRATS to the voluntary slavery to the conservative right. I will cop a preview DVD of this and maybe write about if time permits. All I have to do is fake enthusiasm and I can be in a neo-con think tank in 2weeks. :-)

  • Runaway Slave Movie | July 17, 2012 2:22 PM

    Runaway Slave is opening in Atlanta and Philly on July 27th. Aug 3rd in other cities: Dallas, Indy, Cincinnati, Chicago, Charlotte, Jacksonville, STL. EVERYONE, who has seen the film running in Shreveport loves it. Many large black audiences and everyone saying it's well done, exceeded expectations. If the film meets our goal of starting a new conversation about race and politics in America, we will have done well. - Runaway Slave Movie.

  • urbanauteur | July 16, 2012 12:38 PMReply

    Black Face Revisionism_ directed by Herman Cain
    _ executive produce by D.W.Griffith

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