There’s a lot of jibber-jabber from the right-wing about Tim (Look! We have a black friend, so we can’t be racist) Scott’s responding to President Biden’s first address to congress.
Most of it centers around the “Uncle Tom” thing currently bouncing around in hashtag land.
I’m a musician. And an engineer/producer. I’ve had (and still have) a number of black friends and associates. And yes, I’ve heard the “Uncle Tom” thing used.
I’ve never heard one white person call a black person an “Uncle Tom”. Not one.
It’s a term exclusively used by black Americans to describe someone they consider a sellout.
Like Tim Scott.
Someone like Tim Scott (or Diamond and Silk, etc.) who has acquired some money and/or prestige, and now wants to join the club that the right-wingers will never let him or her into.
They think they’ve won a place at the table, but they’re really just parking the cars.
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Ironically, Uncle Tom is a tremendously sympathetic character in ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin.’ Here’s the skinny: https://www.theroot.com/when-uncle-tom-became-an-insult-1790879561
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