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Movie Review: Runaway Slave – 2012 Style

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LogoPastor C.L. Bryant got in big trouble. His church fired him as pastor. The NAACP stripped him of his position as Chapter President. Did he steal funds? Engage in immoral behavior? Run naked down Main Street? Worse! He joined the Tea Party.

His story is told in the new film “Runaway Slave”, directed by Pritchett Cotten, Herman Cain and C.L. Bryant in LAwhich premiered January 13 in Los Angeles, with an opening around the country coinciding with the Martin Luther King Day weekend. The film was produced by Luke Livingston and Beverly Zaslow and funded by Matt Kibbe’s Freedom Works Foundation. The intense editing was done by Matthew Perdie.

Bryant explains, “I was once a black radical. I was sold out to the cause. But my personal faith and convictions caused the NAACP to strip me of my title for reasons you’ll hear in the movie. It was then that my eyes opened to thePoster oppression of our government on the black community, and I became a conservative at home and in the ballot box. My involvement with the Tea Party put my name on a national stage and allowed this project to take flight.”

The film takes viewers on a journey with Bryant across the country that traces the footsteps of runaway slaves who escaped along routes that became known as the Underground Railroad. He travels into the heart of black communities across the U.S. along a new Underground Railroad. He meets with community organizers, demonstrators, prominent activists and ordinary people trying to solve problems in their communities. He asks “Are we truly ‘Free at last?’”.

There is a segment in the film where he asks, or tries to ask, this question to prominent civil rights leaders. Their answers illuminate the problem of slavery to Allen Westthe welfare state. The sequence in which Al Sharpton avoids answering the question is classic.

Bryant interviews politicians and everyday Americans in front of Washington, D.C. monuments and in ghetto alleys. He points out that the Black community has 40 percent of its population on welfare, 72 percent of its children born out of wedlock and a 48 percent abortion rate, and asks “Is this what the black community has to show for its 95% support of the Democratic Party?”

He also fills in some of the history of the civil rights movement and the Democratic and Republican Parties that is not generally known. Even as a college history major, I didn’t realize that it was Republican PresidentStar Parker Eisenhower who desegregated the American military and introduced the first civil rights act since reconstruction – The Civil Rights Act of 1957.

But, filling in the blanks and shattering myths is what this film is all about. According to Bryant, who had a front row seat to the civil rights movement in the South, “There is a 50-year-old lie that has caused an entire people to become harlots to the political idea that government knows what is best.”

Bryant is not alone in supporting this belief. The film’s theme reveals itself as Bryant travels the country interviewing people from every economic and social background. Dr. Alveda King, Economist Thomas Sowell, Florida Congressman Allen West, Presidential Candidate Herman Cain, commentator and activist Star Parker and talk show host David Webb are a few of the people Bryant encounters on his trek along the new Underground Railroad.

No matter where you place yourself on the political spectrum, this film is worth viewing. It offers insights into the last fifty years of the American experience that are valuable to any citizen. The conclusion of the film is extremely powerful and will be moving for anyone who loves the United States of America.

Find out where the film is playing at the Runaway Slave website.

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  • dicentra

    Even as a college history major, I didn’t realize

    No, it’s BECAUSE you were a college history major. You think a COLLEGE would teach the truth about civil rights? You think they’d give Republicans a scintilla of credit?

  • http://www.leoofmars.com LeoOfMars

    dicentra, you’re right. Actually, I started as a poli-sci major, but got bad grades when I gave conservative answers. The history department was dominated by Marxists, but they at least didn’t punish you for disagreeing, like the liberals did, if you had your facts straight.

  • Marilyn

    How sad that the people who are becoming what their ancestors would have been so pleased with are being shut down. Are continuing to be enslaved needlessly and as much at the hands of the NAACP as anyone.

  • mgb

    actually, the US president responsible for desegregating the US military was Harry Truman in 1948. maybe that’s why you didn’t learn that it was Eisenhower, who did engage in desegregating schools in the south.

  • Igor

    Eisenhower sent troops into Little Rock in 1957 to enforce the Supreme Court decision that Separate But Equal was an inherent failure and that schools could not be segregated.

    As an Eisenhower ‘Modern’ Republican I supported Ike, as it was my belief at that time that the Republican Party was the best hope for Blacks, women, outdoorsmen (hunters, fishers, hikers, etc., like me) because it seemed to be the most attuned to Ideals of the Founders and with the most available intellectual space to accommodate diversity. Alas, the party moved so far to the right in the ensuing decades that it left me without a party.

    Clearly the Republican party has made no attempt to advance African-Americans as evidenced by their miserable record of sending AAs to congress (except for occasional tokens) and their regular appeasements with racists.

    At the same time the Republican establishment regularly works against the interests of women, even conducting hearings on abortion and contraception peopled entirely by old men and forcibly excluding women.

    Sadly, the Republican establishment turned it’s back on the many sportsmen who had supported it when it sacrificed the interests of hunters and fishers, etc., to the interests of Big Business, and many of our fields and streams have been poisoned beyond redemption.

    At the same time they have made a habit of parodying our very Constitution with twisted and contrived arguments designed to serve special interests.

    The decline of the Republican Party since the Eisenhower era is a bitter disappointment to those of us who envisioned a better future for all Americans and who could not join the Democratic party.

    The Republicans betrayed us and left no home for us. Many now vote democrat without registering as Dems.

    • Conservative Forum

      Igor, you sound like the main stream media. You need to get out more. The Republican Party isn’t great but it is better than the plantation owning democrats.

  • cap and trade a commie

    This movie is great it’s been a long time coming. it should be out in the theaters as much as Obama 2016 is. these kinds of movies should have been out 20 years ago. Democrats are tearing down traditional America that is there change.

  • Conservative Forum

    I recommend this film to anyone interested in the truth.

  • you_are_wrong

    Truman desegregated the military, plus this film offers no history of the plight of african americans, it just says we had slavery, then things were great up until civil rights, then somehow black mothers said they don’t need husbands cause they have the government to take care of them. Does that really make any kind of sense? DO you think people enjoy living on food stamps and in subsidized housing where crime is rampant. What breeds crime? poverty and how do you combat poverty? with jobs. Welfare is a temporary fix, blacks, whites, asians, hispanics, they all know this to be true, but you get stuck on welfare when their are no other options, do you truly believe that blacks and poor people teach their children to stay on welfare? nobody likes being poor, which is why we must strive, collectively, to be a better society where we can all be equal