CLEVELAND – As the Democratic Party prepares for its presidential-nominating convention, Dinesh D’Souza’s “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party” opens nationwide this weekend on 1,500 screens.
“They’ll put out their narrative, and we’ll put out our counter-narrative,” D’Souza told WND in an interview at the Republican Convention.
The Democrats’ narrative is that racism, particularly from the right and the Republican Party, keeps blacks in poverty.
But D’Souza, in the movie and a companion book of the same name, takes viewers through the history of slavery and the Jim Crow era, arguing that it’s the Democrats who need to own up to a racist past.
D’Souza said the reaction so far to the film “is tumultuous” after opening early in three theaters and screening in Cleveland July 17, a day before the Republican Convention opened.
“Hillary’s America” has the highest per screen average of just about any movie in the country, certainly of any documentary,” he said. “But we’re also beating a whole bunch of Hollywood big movies per screen.”
D’Souza said the way for the film to reach a broader audience is “for a lot of Republicans and conservatives to go see this movie.”
“If the movie is successful, it will expand out to more theaters, and that will put it in the reach. It will get people talking about it,” he said.
See D’Souza’s works at the WND Superstore, including “Hillary’s America,” “America: Imagine The World Without Her,” “2016: Obama’s America,” “God Forsaken,” “Roots of Obama’s Rage” and “What’s So Great About Christianity.”
The film begins with scenes from the San Diego halfway house where D’Souza was confined nightly in fulfillment of his 2015 sentence for pleading guilty to violations of federal campaign-finance law. Many conservatives claimed the Obama administration was exacting revenge on D’Souza for criticizing the president in his film “2016: Obama’s America.” Gerald R. Molen, producer of D’Souza’s two previous films, told WND in January 2015 the charges were “the equivalent of prosecuting a political dissident in the Soviet Union for jaywalking.”
Addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC, in February, D’Souza said that if “Hillary’s America” “got me eight months in the slammer, this new movie is going to earn me life in prison.”
“It’s time to take the gloves off.”
At the center of D’Souza’s message in the film is the concept of “urban plantations,” the inner city.
“It’s the Democratic Party, which used to run the rural plantation, that is the party of slavery,” D’Souza told WND.
“What they did was they figured out a way to recreate the plantation. In Oakland, in Detroit, in St. Louis, in Chicago, in Dallas, and so we have these very precarious neighborhoods, very difficult places to live. Imagine being a black kid growing up in Oakland,” he said.
“The family structure is broken down. Ramshackle family dwelling. You get a meager provision of life, But there is no opportunity to get ahead,” D’Souza said.
“And that’s the way it was in the old slave plantation.”
He noted the old slave plantation had social security, and if you got sick, they called the doctor for you.
“But, on the other hand, you never got ahead,” he said.
D’Souza contends many of the recent police shootings “come out of the horrible atmosphere in which the urban plantation is boiling over.”
“So, it’s not simply a matter of who did it, and whether they are black Muslim or whether they are whether they read. It’s also a matter of the underlying conditions that are producing this,” he said.
“But I hold the Democratic Party responsible for this,” he said.
Bill Goodykoontz of the USA Today Network, nevertheless, took aim at Republicans, calling the movie “even meaner than convention speakers.”
D’Souza’s “2016: Obama’s America,” produced in 2012 was the No. 2 highest-grossing political documentary of all time. His second feature film in 2014, “America: Imagine the World Without Her,” was the No. 6 highest-grossing political documentary.
In academia and in media, which is largely dominated by the left, D’Souza said, racism is “everywhere to be talked about and rarely seen.”
“The strange thing about this — I find this to be particularly true with young people — they are fed an uninterrupted diet of propaganda about racism, even though none of them either experience it or practice it,” he said.
He pointed to polls that ask people what percentage of America is black. The correct figure is about 12 percent, but in surveys people say its 40 percent.
D’Souza said that’s because blacks are so dominant in the media and entertainment world.
“So, there is a picture of America out there that’s not the same as the real America,” he said.
“And remember that that information or that kind of propaganda can become reality,” he said. “People … respond as if there is, even though I think actual racism has precipitously declined.”