Black Tea: The New Civil Right


TYPE
: Documentary
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Post-Production

LOGLINE

BLACK TEA is a feature-length documentary film that tells the stories of Black Americans affiliated with The Tea Party movement.

(Kevin J. Dotson, Director and Katy Jordan, Producer/Editor)

SYNOPSIS

On the surface, Black Tea is a film about a movement that has taken our nation by storm, The Tea Party. But what lies beneath is an exploration into race, membership, and self-sovereignty in a nation that struggles to overcome its racial past while seeking to redefine itself as "post-racial."

Images in the popular media have painted the Tea Party as a very large, very angry, very widespread grass-roots collection of like-minded Obama-hating Whites who want to “take us back” to the 18th Century, when some wore tri-pointed hats, while others wore chains.

Yet, a considerable number of Blacks Americans --everyday people, established or up-and-coming Conservative leaders, strategists, political pundits, and authors –-have found a home within its ranks.

Through the voices of several proud, willing, and patriotic Tea Party-affiliated Black Americans, I hope to tell a story of acceptance within a movement accused of being racist, defiance of conventional labels, lingering discriminatory realities, and political and social activism in “post-racial” America.

Discussion of the Tea Party has been polarized: the movement is either reviled from the outside as an extremist Conservative flash-in-the-pan; or it is glorified from within as the movement that will save America from itself. I want to bring some balance to the narrative by having individuals tell their own stories of social concern, participation, and self-definition. I want to provide a glimpse into the lives of Black Americans who identify with the Tea Party.

The Tea Party is not going away. It has over 3,000 groups nationwide, a membership comprised of almost 10% of the voting public, and a Congressional Tea Party Caucus that delivered to the Republican Party the House of Representatives, won six additional seats in the Senate, and elected six Tea Party-backed governors during the 2010 midterm elections. This is no small movement.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

Images in the popular media have painted the Tea Party as a very large, very angry, very widespread grass-roots collection of like-minded Obama-hating Whites who want to “take us back” to the 18th Century, when some wore tri-pointed hats, while others wore chains.

Yet, a considerable number of Blacks Americans --everyday people, established or up-and-coming Conservative leaders, strategists, political pundits, and authors –-have found a home within its ranks.

Through the voices of several proud, willing, and patriotic Tea Party-affiliated Black Americans, I hope to tell a story of acceptance within a movement accused of being racist, defiance of conventional labels, lingering discriminatory realities, and political and social activism in “post-racial” America.

KEY CREW

Kevin J. Dotson - Director, Producer

 

Kevin is a photojournalist, writer and educator. As a photojournalist, he has covered the 2012 Republican Presidential Campaign, Mardi Gras in post-Katrina New Orleans, and numerous stories that are off-the-beaten path. His focus as teacher or photojournalist is always upon engaging in dialogues that spur critical thinking. He holds a B.A. in English from The University of Massachusetts at Boston, and an M.A. in Sociology from The New School for Social Research.
 

 

Katy Jordan - Producer, Editor

 

Katy is a producer, video editor, journalist, and teacher living in Boston, MA. A former political reporter and multimedia journalist for the Boston Herald, she now works as a freelance producer and editor for organizations in Boston and New York. She holds a B.A. from Hunter College and an M.A. from Emerson College, where she currently works as an adjunct professor of journalism.

 

 

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