I just watched this documentary by Reverend C.L. Bryant, and I must admit it left me with a lot to think about. He approaches the issue of government systems using aid to create a new kind of slavery which keeps people lazy and dependent on the government, but places the emphasis of his arguments on the results these programs have had on the black community since the 1960s when they were created.
This puts him directly in opposition to groups like the NAACP (which he was former member of) and community leaders such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton (who are both interviewed in the film) who he portrays as using the wounds of the past to line their own pockets.
Reverend Bryant’s views are about self empowerment and moving beyond a victim-based attitude towards a solution-based attitude. It does have some ties with a more conservative and republican mindset, but in a unique way that reflects his cultural upbringing. He’s not about the rich getting richer, he’s about people taking responsibility for themselves.
I was curious to see if anyone else had a chance to watch this film, as it seems to have created a lot of praise and controversy.
Here’s the film’s website:
I was able to watch it in the Documentary section on Netflix.