A review of the movie “Uncle Tom II”

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“Uncle Tom II” – the new film from executive producer Larry Elder and director Justin Malone – opens with a shot of Chad Jackson (owner of Chad O. Jackson Plumbing) preparing a plumbing site with an excavator. It’s a beautifully photographed scene of an intensely focused young man using a complex machine in order to to build Something.

His attention is directed to the act of constructive work, and as Jackson (who happens to be a black man) makes clear, his plumbing business has given him a strong sense of self – as a successful business owner and free and worthy citizen of the United States. states. As the film unfolds, the viewer realizes that his life and work is an undeniable refutation of the definition of black Americans as “victims” of “systemic racism”.

The first “Uncle Tom” movie, released almost exactly two years ago, was also a refutation of the narrative of black victimization. The original film featured character studies of notable black men and women who began their lives with the belief that they could thrive and were not doomed to victimization. Their belief guided their actions and their actions produced material success and a strong sense of self. “Uncle Tom II” picks up where the first film left off by analyzing the historical and intellectual genesis of the doctrine of “systemic racism”. In Chad Jackson’s memorable and haunting opening words, “My hope is that this [film] will help break the spell – the spell that so many people are under, that keeps them angry, bitter and blind to the truth.

As Jackson and director Malone reveal, this “spell” was cast primarily through Marxist ideological indoctrination.

Twentieth-century history students know how Marxist doctrine poisoned every society it spread through, defining men and women not as individuals but as members of groups pitted against each other in a power struggle to the death. Without exception, every self-proclaimed Marxist regime that has ever come to power has suspended basic human rights and committed mass murder. It’s one thing to read this terrible story (as I did); it is quite another to see film footage of men and women being shot point-blank at the edge of mass graves as punishment for being identified by a Marxist regime as members of the outlawed class or group. Malone seems to have spent much of the past two years in the film archives, and there’s no denying the horror of much of what he delves into and presents in his film.

One particularly powerful moment features a famous 1983 interview with KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov in which he describes the step-by-step process by which a society is “demoralized” and ultimately overthrown by means of Marxist-Leninist ideological indoctrination. This effort is achieved primarily by infiltrating the educational system of the targeted society in order to brainwash its youth, thereby rendering an entire generation incapable of drawing sensible conclusions about what is best for their families, communities, and country.

As “Uncle Tom II” unfolds, many viewers might be surprised to see the mounting evidence that Bezmenov’s explanation of Marxist-Leninist activism reveals the anatomy of the Black Power movement in the sixties. and the Black Lives Matter organization today.

Malone identifies the main orchestrators of these organizations and shows precisely how they carried out their work by sowing division, anger, despair and hatred. Two of the most notable are white “progressive activists” who shaped the Black Power and Black Lives Matter organizations along Marxist-Leninist lines. Both remind me of Mephistopheles – “the spirit that always denies”, as Goethe memorably introduced the character in “Faust” (one of Marx’s favorite plays). The actions of these men, and many others like them, have indeed cast a spell.

“Uncle Tom II” is a hugely ambitious documentary that attempts to cover an enormous amount of historical and intellectual ground in just two hours. While it’s likely to generate plenty of debate (and vitriolic comebacks), it has the dramatic and documentary power to “break the spell” – at least among viewers who approach it with an open mind.

The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Epoch Times.

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John Leake studied history and philosophy with Sir Roger Scruton at Boston University. Her latest book, co-authored with Peter A. McCullough, MD, is “The Courage to Face COVID-19: Preventing Hospitalization and Death While Battling the Bio-Pharmaceutical Complex.”