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A look at the career of U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney from Georgia and the historical suppression of black voters in the United States.


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Chronicles the recurring patterns of disenfranchisement witnessed from 2000 to 2004 while following the story of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who not only took an active role in investigating these election debacles but also found herself in the middle of one after publicly questioning the Bush Administration about the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Some call Cynthia McKinney a civil rights leader among the ranks of Shirley Chisholm and Malcolm X. Others call her a conspiracy theorist and a 'looney.' American Blackout gains unprecedented access to one of the most controversial and dangerous politicians in America and examines the contemporary tactics used to control our democratic process and silence political dissent. The film features interviews with: US Congressional Representatives, John Lewis, Cynthia McKinney, John Conyers, Bernie Sanders, and Stephanie Tubbs-Jones; former US Civil Rights Commissioner & Dean of UC Berkeley's School of Law, Christopher Edley; BBC journalist ... Written by Ian Inaba

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Shocking expose of rampant Political Corruption.
3 November 2007 | by (London) – See all my reviews

American Blackout is an incredibly enlightening documentary and it is very well made. What is so shockingly exposed is the rampant racism and outright criminality that pervades every aspect of the American Political system.

I don't feel this film is in any way insincere or short with the truth. It simply shows first hand the abuses that certain Americans face when they want to perform their inalienable rights.

This is not solely about race but rather epidemic corruption. The black electorate being deprived of their votes is simply one of the many tools by which the Bush administration can consolidate its power and wealth. Cynthia McKinney was not political lynched because she is black but rather because she questioned the Bush administration and their knowledge of the attacks on 9/11.

The fact that American blacks are constantly maligned and disenfranchised in modern America is appallingly obvious. The treatment of blacks in New Orleans being a perfect example. What is so striking is how little integration seems to have worked in America and how separatism is the given norm. Racism seems to have become an even greater problem than it has ever been before and part of the responsibility for this sorry state of affairs has to rest at the feet of the intolerant and insuppressible Bush administration.

I absolutely recommend this well-made documentary but I assume it has a small but enlightened audience.

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