The freedom to think differently

Provocative film asks black Americans to consider conservative values

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A young C.L. Bryant once showed up to work alongside his grandfather in what he recalls as Afro-centric fashion, complete with James Brown’s Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud blaring on the car radio.

His hardscrabble grandfather put a finger in Bryant’s face, saying he hadn’t endured the indignities of Jim Crow “so that you could be black. I did it so you could be free.

“Sonny, I went through everything that I went through so that you could speak your mind.”

Decades later, the Rev. C.L. Bryant has few visible problems doing just that. He’s an admittedly outspoken preacher, speaker and broadcaster. But in a speech here Jan. 21, he lamented the fact that he and other black conservatives are considered pariahs in the black community.

“You’re ostracized. You’re called names,” he told a group of black conservatives gathered at Paine College. “Many times you’re said not to be black enough. My friends, that is an evil among our people that must be remedied … if we are to enjoy the true fruits of American liberty.”

Meanwhile, the effects of the liberal policies supported by the black bloc’s near-unanimous vote are hardly inspiring. Nearly every social indicator shows black America is worse off than before.

“What have we gotten for nearly 50 years of loyalty” to liberal ideology, Bryant asked. “By and large, 95 percent of us vote monolithically; 95 percent of us vote for one party. Folks, I’m telling you, that is not intelligent! No other group of people in this country behave that way.”

It is, he said, “time, at least, to try something different.”

It was a welcome message for several dozen in a new group of black conservatives calling themselves CSRA Minority Engagement.

In fact, the group has organized a screening this Monday of Bryant’s provocative film Runaway Slave. The movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Augusta-Richmond County Library, 823 Telfair St. Admission is free and open to the public. Those in the minority community who are either conservative or open to learning more about conservative principles are especially encouraged to attend.

The documentary explores the liberating principles of conservative values, and how black Americans can shake off progressive dogma long enough to just consider such ideas.

As black conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas noted while dedicating the new courthouse here three years ago, “though the libraries and schools are no longer off-limits based on race, certain ideas available there are off-limits for those reasons.”

True emancipation will come only when people are free to think and speak as they like, and not be ostracized by their peers for being different politically – or be accused of abandoning one’s ethnicity for having the audacity to think differently.

As the Rev. Bryant noted in his appearance here, Irish-Americans, Italian-Americans and others already have that freedom.

It’s time everyone did.

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burninater
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burninater 02/21/14 - 04:31 am
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"The documentary explores the

"The documentary explores the liberating principles of conservative values, and how black Americans can shake off progressive dogma long enough to just consider such ideas."
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Trading one dogma for another isn't having the audacity to think differently. It's simply switching one master for another. You're still sheep. Stop letting others tell you what values you should or should not have. Be proud of what your own hearts and consciences tell you is right.

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Bodhisattva 02/21/14 - 07:46 am
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What group of open minded freedom lovers is funding this?

First, how about the back story and the truth that you can bet you'll never hear from the Chronicle? This piece of work was released in January 2012. By gosh, you'd think it was a brand new movie right off the presses. From the mindless right wing propaganda mill at Rocky Mountain Pictures, who will make a movie and call it a documentary even it there's not a shred of truth in it. Think indicted campaign fraudster and all around nutcase Dinesh D'Souza's mockumentary. But to get back to the tell. Who paid for this piece for trash? Freedomworks. Dick Armey's old outfit which was formed from Citizens for a Sound Economy and Empower America founded by David Koch and a major funder of so called "grassroots" Tea Party groups which of Rev Bryant is a member. Per his bio: He is a Tea Party Patriot, a charter member of the Red River Tea Party and the Shreveport/Bossier Tea Party, co-founder of the Desoto Parish Grassroots, founder of the national movement One Nation Back to God (www.onenationbacktoGod.com), and Fellow with Freedom Works Foundation in Washington, D.C. The tentacle of the Koch brothers stretch out even more. Trying, as always to pass under the radar. Rev Bryant is just working for Massah David and Massah Charles. I imagine their paying him pretty good money to try to sucker people into believing that the Fugitive Slave Act is in their favor.

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carcraft 02/21/14 - 07:52 am
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Look at differant

Look at differant philosophies in the market place of ideas and choose values and systems THAT WORK! Life isn't a fair tale and not all philosophies, values, and moral systems are equal! Communism, probably killed over 60 million people in one century, not inculding those severly damaged by brutal confinement with torture and other abuses. A good philosophy?, I don't think so! Liberalism, the legacy in America , grinding poverty , schools that don't work, astronomical federal debt, suppression of freedom and the destruction of the black family in America. Name one thing better for Blacks in America under Obama!

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carcraft 02/21/14 - 08:03 am
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Funny how liberals believe in

Funny how liberals believe in "freedom of choice "as long as it involves killing children. School choice, one of Obama's first acts as President was to end the DC school voucher program, I guess not so much!

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fedex227 02/21/14 - 08:01 am
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It sounds more like ...

"True emancipation will come only when people are free to think and speak as they like..." as long it's the way 'you' think they should think and 'you' think they should speak. So much for emancipation.

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carcraft 02/21/14 - 08:04 am
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Well Obama's FCC is seeking

Well Obama's FCC is seeking to monitor news reporting in news rooms. Aw! yes more "freedom " to speak as we choose from our dear leader!

carcraft
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carcraft 02/21/14 - 08:06 am
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I asked the liberals here to

I asked the liberals here to name one improvement in the life of blacks since Obama became president, so far crickets!

carcraft
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carcraft 02/21/14 - 08:18 am
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Wasn't it liberals that

Wasn't it liberals that sought to enact the fairness doctrine? If some expressed a certain view then counter views had to be presented free of charge by the station! I am not sure what the counter view to Austin Rhodes would be like!

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localguy55 02/21/14 - 08:36 am
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Leftist ideology has

Leftist ideology has permeated all walks of life for so long and throughout the world it boggles the mind that conservative values has survived the onslaught.
But it shows just how powerful a lie can become when preaching liberal dogma to the ignorant masses. This fight, however, is not over and the freedom to decide your ideological beliefs depends on how educated you are on the issues.

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ymnbde 02/21/14 - 08:25 am
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the most egregious thing a government can do to a citizen

isn't to waste their hard earned tax money
it isn't making them join a union so their dues can be given back to democrats
it isn't even ruining their health care system
those are bad, but worse is taking responsibility for a child's education
then blatantly not educating that child
and by ensuring that child does not have the skills necessary to flourish in life
making that child subservient to government
for life
the democrats do that
rich white kids have school choice
but the democrats make black kids attend inferior schools
where they get an inferior education
and they've been doing it for generations
these democrats
George Wallace (the real one) would be quite envious
they are the last racists in this country
and people who defend them, well...

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CobaltGeorge 02/21/14 - 08:39 am
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burn & fedex

your freedom of thought is doing nothing but keeping your type of people in the cotton fields for the next 100 years. Go for it, it is a shame.

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localguy55 02/21/14 - 08:47 am
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Carcraft

I am not sure what a counter to Austin Rhodes would be either. I am not a big fan of his nor do I listen to him much at all. I have always wondered what a regular listener to his show is like.

Austin brings little to the table even though he claims to be a conservative. I doubt he would survive any other venue, yet he is still on the air. He must be making the radio station money.

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Bizkit 02/21/14 - 09:25 am
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I think his point was we are

I think his point was we are all Americans first-ethnicity second. He then reflects on a reality-no population lacks diversity (in biology or opinions) so he makes the argument that such loyalty to just one party isn't normal. He is right just look at the diversity in caucasians, hispanics (30-40% voted Rep in past elections), and asians. It is strange over 95% of any population would agree. Stranger is black politicians in past presidential elections (since the 1800s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_AfricanAmerican_United_States_presi...) have been mainly socialist and many specifically communist, yet the percentage of african-americans who are communist is actually very small.

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carcraft 02/21/14 - 09:32 am
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Local guy, thanks for the

Local guy, thanks for the comment! I am conflicted about Rhodes to. If there is scandal as in the Columbia county tax office he serene pretty good at getting at the crux of the matter!

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carcraft 02/21/14 - 09:43 am
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It is kind of funny because

It is kind of funny because the Blacks give their allegiance to the Democrates every election and once the election is over the Democrates shove them to the back burn until the next election then they pull them out and build a little fire and they cook right along with the Democratic agenda! Result, high single parent birth rate, poor schools

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carcraft 02/21/14 - 09:44 am
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It is kind of funny because

It is kind of funny because the Blacks give their allegiance to the Democrates every election and once the election is over the Democrates shove them to the back burn until the next election then they pull them out and build a little fire and they cook right along with the Democratic agenda! Result, high single parent birth rate, poor schools, high unemployment (especially among the youth) and grinding crime and poverty!

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soapy_725 02/21/14 - 10:23 am
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Mushroom Cultivation. Keep in the dark and feed them feces.
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Mushroom Cultivation. Keep in the dark and feed them feces.

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deestafford 02/21/14 - 10:25 am
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What is "black enough"?

What is "black enough"? "Black enough" is being happy dancing and kissing the hand of the Democratic masstas as they dole out to you the crumbs of liberal dependency.

Liberalism is the handmaiden of communism.

Bod, for your information the Koch brothers are number 49 or 50 on the political contribution ranking by amount donated. They are dewarfed by the liberal contributors but as always the left has to apply Alinsky's Rules and isolating and destroying the opposition. How I wish the conservatives and the Republicans would follow that at times.

Oh, by the way, "I'm here as an Obama representative commissar from the OFCC (Obama Federal Communications Commission) to ensure your news room is following the worshipping instructions of 'fairness' we allow. And don't worry about that First Amendment thingy. It's outdated because it was written by some rich white guys years ago, who by the way owned slaves."

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deestafford 02/21/14 - 10:33 am
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The other day I was in Lowe's talking with a black...

The other day I was in Lowe's talking with a black conservative and he is so angry with the liberal blacks (one who is his brother, a retired sergeant major whom he would not be surprised is a communist sympathizer) who fail to see how liberalism is killing the black culture.

He says the black community is so brain washed by the left that it is a shame it can't see anything even close to the truth of what Obama is doing to the country.

He lives in a white community and some blacks he knows won't come to see him at his house because they have been led to believe by the race baiters that they will be lynched if they go into a white neighborhood. That is how easily they swallow the liberal lies. How in the world do we overcome such irrational thinking---really it's not thinking but believing because if they were thinking they wouldn't be happily dancing to the liberal fiddle on the plantation.

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Bizkit 02/21/14 - 10:34 am
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"“You’re ostracized. You’re

"“You’re ostracized. You’re called names,” he told a group of black conservatives gathered at Paine College. " Black conservatives!!!! The room must have been empty-LOL>

fedex227
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fedex227 02/21/14 - 10:40 am
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"The blacks?"

Really? Are they one entity, one single-minded collective? I think what you really meant to say was... 'The negro gives his allegiance to the Democrates every election ... result, high single parent birth rate, poor schools, high unemployment.' I'll say it again, god i hate living in the south.

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Bizkit 02/21/14 - 10:40 am
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Growing up during segregation

Growing up during segregation I remember the blacks lived in their own community-the other side of the tracks for a better word. Now those shanties are filled with hispanics as the blacks assimilated into the community. I bet at least half of the people in the affluent neighborhoods in my area in Evans are black and some mixed families. The black community was thriving before the economic collapse and studies indicate they took the biggest hit and are having the hardest recovery-because of Obama's policies. Now blacks are falling behind hispanics again. If it is racial in nature it is being propagated by the Obama administration-you can bet if Bush were president he would be crucified by the black community for this outcome.

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Bizkit 02/21/14 - 10:45 am
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I've traveled the country a

I've traveled the country a good bit. The South is apparently great as people love it and migrate here a WallStreet Journal article indicates.

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localguy55 02/21/14 - 10:49 am
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Fedex227

You say you hate living in the south. No one is holding you here. There many other states not seen as part of the south, so pick one and leave.

fedex227
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fedex227 02/21/14 - 10:57 am
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So true lg55 ...

but the military feels this is the best place for me to be stationed to protect folks like you ... go figure.

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teaparty 02/21/14 - 11:05 am
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" I'll say it again, god i
Unpublished

" I'll say it again, god i hate living in the south."
I90 goes south to north & I20 goes west, have a nice trip.

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Bizkit 02/21/14 - 11:29 am
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Protect us from what fedex?

Protect us from what fedex? Apparently you didn't hear Obama tell everyone Al Qaeda is decimated, and there is no "war" on terror just some pay back cause we trifled in their affairs. I think he is saying we don't need you anymore cause Obama's got his pen and cell phone so no worries, but I do thank you for service-although you are getting paid for it and signed up knowingly I gather of the terms of service? But technology is putting everyone out of work so it is a matter of time than unmanned robots, drones, etc. will do your job and most in the military-there will be a need only for a minimum of human workers. I hear it is already here.

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internationallyunknown 02/21/14 - 11:41 am
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ACES's facination

"True emancipation will come only when people are free to think and speak as they like...."

SO THEN, WHY be affiliated with ANY political party?!?

THINK FOR YOURSELF.
LOOSE THESE POINTLESS TITLES.
NO TWO PEOPLE ARE THE SAME.

ALL POLITICAL PARTIES are the same.

The best way to conquer (the)PEOPLE is to DIVIDE and CONQUER....

Think about it.

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internationallyunknown 02/21/14 - 11:29 am
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ACES's facination

Whats with the obsession of "the blacks"?????

I didn't know that all BLACKS were the same and thought the same.

....the south......dang!

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Bizkit 02/21/14 - 11:32 am
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This is really like a public

This is really like a public service announcement and advertisement for Paine college inviting him and then the film screening at the library.

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