no, it's not.
no, it's not.
It was inappropriate in the example that has recently come up, but because the guy who was talking about Clarence Thomas was white. It is not an inherently racist term. It does not degrade the person it is used on merely for their race. It is meant to be a criticism of one's actions from a member of the same group, be it race, religion, gender, whatever. A pro choice woman could certainly call an anti abortion woman an Uncle Tom. That it refers to a black character does not make it racist. But the point is that it criticizes a person for their actions, for their betrayal. It is not exclusive to blacks, despite the origin.
This is just faux conservative outrage by people who have never experienced actual discrimination and don't know how to recognize it when it happens.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
An uncle (by marriage) was a member of the Nation of Islam during the 60's and 70's, and always spoke politely and dressed conservatively. Today, based solely on his appearance and behavior he would as likely be labeled an "Uncle Tom."
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If a White calls a Black an "Uncle Tom" or a "Tom" it is racist, if a Black calls a Black it is not.
The double standard is justified because the term means different things to different users.
To a white it is a racial slur just like the n-word: the target's race is what is wrong with him.
To a Black it is a character slur: it is not the target's race that is wrong with him, but his attitude.
The following clip from an old Gerardo Rivera show is illustrative:
Punches fly, chairs fly, strangulation attempted and Gerardo's nose gets broken
"And in the end, we were all just humans, drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness."
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