Beginning with its Jan. 13 Hollywood premiere, a black pastor and civil rights leader is introducing nationally his provocative film, “Runaway Slave,” which documents how government programs enslave his community.
“I hope that the impact of this film will be to strengthen the resolve of the black community, not to be taken for granted by those who have used them to secure elected office over the last 50 years,” said Rev. C. L. Bryant, a former Garland, Texas NAACP chapter president and the creator of the film.
“There is a 50-year-old lie that caused an entire people to become slaves to the political idea that the government knows best,” he said.
Because Bryant is escaping from this slavery, he is a runaway slave, and to help others he building the new Underground Railroad, he said.
“I hope the impact of this film will be to put these words in the mouths of black Americans: ‘Never again will we be co-opted and used by those who make money from our vote,’” he said.
An ordained Baptist minister, Bryant said he wants to expose how this slavery is perpetuated by very progressive, big-government programs that purport to liberate African-Americans from poverty and idleness.
In the process of traveling around the country and working to figure out why black Americans continue to lag behind, the pastor said he was forced to acknowledge that views and positions he once held vehemently are the same ones creating and maintaining the state of bondage.
Featuring prominent black conservatives, such as Herman Cain and Thomas Sowell, the documentary is a series of interviews with regular people and activists about the state of blacks in America and what needs to be done.
In one of the highlights of the film, Cain said, “The increasing size and scope of the federal government is the new plantation mindlessly.”
Deneen Borelli, who wrote “Blacklash,” who also appears in the film, said her book has similar themes to those in Bryant’s documentary and echoes Cain’s observation.
“My book ‘Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation,’ is about my personal journey, how I got to where I am today,” she said.
“I also talk about how the Obama administration and Obama himself is pushing regulations that are not in the best interest of our country,” she said.
“As a result, we are seeing unemployment in the black community that is over 16 percent, and among black youth, it is over 40 percent,” she said.
Today, Bryant is a Tea Party leader in Louisiana, the founder of the organization “One Nation Back to God” and a fellow at the Washington-based FreedomWorks.
Matt Kibbe, the president of the FreedomWorks Foundation, said, “We are incredibly excited to be a part of this project.” The 112-minute film was a special project of FreedomWorks, which serves as a national hub and support system for decentralized Tea Party groups across the country.
“’Runaway Slave’ is a film for all Americans. If you love your country, if you love the ideas that this country was founded on, then you should see this movie,” he said.
“I think it takes no prisoners, it’s iconoclastic, I think it is going to challenge everybody’s assumptions — the things they just took for granted, the things they thought they knew based on what they read in the newspaper,” he said.
“It’s going to peel away the scales, so people can have a serious re-thinking of what they thought they knew,” he said.
Joining Bryant to make the film were executive producer Luke Livingston and Prichet Cotton, the film’s writer and director.