The Tenants lets the viewer know in a symbolic manner that if it wasn't for the Jewish community, the black civil rights movement would have never gone anywhere. It doesn’t take much historical background research to find out that the NAACP was far from a black organization. For example, Jacob Schiff, the Wall street banker who also funded the Bolshevik revolution, funded the NAACP. Schiff also worked with his buddies Jacob Billikopf and the infamous Zionist Rabbi Stephen Wise to get the NAACP moving. To put it simply, the NAACP was never really an organization interested in true black interests. After stealing Willie Spearmint’s girl in The Tenants, it is clear that the arrogant Harry Lesser wasn’t really looking to help Spearmint’s black power writing to get off the ground. Despite having an extremely low IQ, Willie Spearmint can see through the weak front that is Harry Lesser.
The Tenants is a very flawed and somewhat small budget film that is at the very least watchable. Upon first viewing the film, I expected another race friendly Jew-lifts-black-man-off-ground-and-gives-him-power film that so typical of Hollywood. In the end, The Tenants has a nihilistic message that obviously must be upsetting to many white liberals. The dreams of a multicultural utopian society takes an ax to the stomach in The Tenants. Steven Spielberg directed The Color Purple and Amistad to give “power” to the black people but he is just another Harry Lesser.