Most people have heard of the voting irregularities that marred the presidential elections of 2000 and 2004. Some even know of the resulting challenges to the electoral votes by African-American congressional representativ... more »es. However, because the mainstream media shies away from reporting cases of imperiled democracy the public is left to believe these stories are at worst insignificant rumors or at best one-off incidents that result from an overburdened election system. American Blackout 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.« less
"When you hear the name "Cynthia McKinney," it probably draws images of madness and lunacy. Why wouldn't it? After all, ever since she was elected to the Georgia state legislature, the media and moneyed forces across America have spent their time slandering her with every accusation possible. They don't want a woman who asks too many questions, who demands too often to stand by the downtrodden and oppressed. That's just dangerous.
This film explores the life and career of the Congresswoman as well as the voter suppression in 2000 and 2004. Congressman John Lewis is interviewed, and explains the struggles he went through as an activist to get voting rights for "colored" people -- only to have them being systematically stolen again through computerized voting machines and, as the BBC's Greg Palast calls it, "election apartheid."
What kind of liberal democracy are we living in when thousands are turned away from the polls because their district's voting records are controlled by rich people far away? What kind of nation are we living in when simply questioning the President's motives get you casted as a lunatic "conspiracy theorist" (to be vindicated years later when leaked documents show you were right)?
We need to make this a country "of the people, by the people, and for the people." McKinney will continue that fight, even as a non-legislator (although as the movie shows, she is well-capable of winning back her seat once a dirty campaign and Republican votes unseat her once).
Watch the film, educate yourself, and join the fight. We need to save any ounce of American democracy left."
Keeping Democracy Alive
Martin Shackelford | Saginaw, MI USA | 01/10/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Much publicity has been given to "hanging chads" and media-publicized details of what went wrong with the elections of 2000 and 2004, but votes vanish every election in America. This documentary, and Greg Palast's book American Madhouse, detail how it is done, and how it can be prevented. A must-see and must-read for everyone who believes in American democracy for all."
Easily the best documentary I saw in 2006
Atlas Moth | Tucson, AZ USA | 01/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one documentary that hasn't received the attention it deserves. To paraphrase journalist Greg Palast, the Democrats may have won in last year's mid-term elections, but the integrity of our elections lost again. The topic of 'American Blackout' is as timely as ever, as the last two presidential "elections" and the last two mid-term "elections" have demonstrated that the American public will sit idly by as election fraud destroys the last vestiges of their democracy.
This is also a good documentary to show to anyone who thinks the U.S. has solved most of its race problems. The neoconservatives revived Jim Crow in 2000 and 2004. Watch the deleted scenes on the DVD and you can also see how racist the Washington, D.C., police force is. Even if we no longer have de jure racism, if we have racist law enforcement, then we have de facto racism.
I could go on, but I think this documentary should speak for itself. Buy it. Watch it. Show it to your friends."
The more she grates, the more America needs people like her.
Lunchtime O' Boozle | UK | 03/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Cynthia McKinney is - like so few of her fellow politicians - clear, frank, honest and uncomprimising. She may rattle a few cages, upset some folks on the Hill, but America's children need to see people like her to realize that there is a way to buck the trend, to fight for yours and others rights and to do it selflessly.
Highly recommended. I especially liked the clips of a grotesquely coiffered Tucker Carlsen repleat with bow-tie (soooo tacky...) pontificating about the 'outrageous' Cynner. I often wonder if he ever had to take one for the team...."
Bush Crew With The Help Of Media DISENFRANCHISE BLACK VOTERS
R. A. Barricklow | Las Vegas NV USA | 02/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The villians are smiling happily as they've disenfranchised the black voters while the Big Media Dumbed Down the citizenry. This has all been done for a very good cause: Big Business' bottom line profits, and WAR IS THEIR RACKET. More power to the crony capitalist, the big media, and the military industrial/congressional complex. Congresswomen Cynthia McKinney took on the enemy of the American citizens. The price was either: go along and take the people for what she knew was a ride, OR FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS. She questioned the Bush Regime's involvement in events that led to 9/11. A recent Zogby poll has over 40% of New Yorkers asking her same questions. Still no answear! The Republicans spent One Million Dollars investigating a blue dress & $3,000 on 9/11! They don't want the truth found! The family members of 9/11 who tragically lost their loved ones WANT AN INVESTIGATION! WANT THE TRUTH! Kathryn Harris and Blackwell fixed the elections and were REWARDED by the GOP! Gore won in 2000. A USA GOVERNMENT COUP took place in Florida with the suppression of the black vote. It happenned again in 2004 with Ohio. Good books on this are Greg Palast's Armed Madhouse & Mark Crispin's Fooled Again. The Extras in this DVD are good including: Capitol Hill Police Officiers Speak Out On McKinney Incident. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!"