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Why are black Republicans endangered species?

In Kevin J. Williams’ video documentary “Fear of a Black Republican,” the question probed is why there are so few.

The Republican Party was the anti-slavery party, founded by Abraham Lincoln.

The Republican Party was the party of Reconstruction.

The Republican Party was the part of civil rights legislation beginning in the 150s and 1960s.

So, why?

“Fear of a Black Republican” begins with the simple question: Does the Republican Party really want more African Americans? Independent filmmaker Kevin J. Williams takes a nonpartisan journey over four years and two presidential elections to find out why there are so few black Republicans and what that means for the future of the two-party political system in America.

From the Civil War to the Great Depression, the GOP was the party for many African Americans, but today, barely 10 percent of African Americans consider themselves to be Republican, and urban areas are no longer considered competitive parts of America’s election map. Beginning in his hometown, Williams speaks with both Democrats and Republicans as he takes a personal and humorous look at his own Republican Party’s efforts in urban areas versus the suburbs, the Democratic Party’s success in retaining the African American vote, the seeming phenomenon of black Republicans and what this all means for America. “Fear of a Black Republican” gives audiences of all demographics and political persuasions a groundbreaking and moving view of American politics unlike any they have ever seen – and one which they’ll never forget.

In “Fear of a Black Republican,” Williams speaks with scholars such as Princeton University professors Cornel West and Howard Taylor; presidential candidates Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Jim Gilmore and John McCain; political leaders like former Maryland Lt. Governor and RNC Chairman Michael Steele and previous Chairman Ken Mehlman; former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Mayor Douglas H. Palmer, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors; conservative thinkers such as Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist and Ann Coulter; and commentators Tavis Smiley and Michelle Malkin, among many others. Also interviewed is the first and last black Republican senator popularly elected since Reconstruction, former Sen. Edward Brooke of Massachusetts. Rep. Maxine Waters, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney also appear in “Fear of a Black Republican.” In addition, the film includes very rarely seen archival footage of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Vice President Richard M. Nixon and the great baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson.

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