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    Is the term "Uncle Tom" racist? [W:56]

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    re: Is the term "Uncle Tom" racist? [W:56]

    Yes absolutely.
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    re: Is the term "Uncle Tom" racist? [W:56]

    Only if they are an oreo and acting white.
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    re: Is the term "Uncle Tom" racist? [W:56]

    The original story...behind the name, Uncle Tom was a hero of sorts, but the story was changed to make him a sell out to whites for his own gain. He became a traitor of sorts to blacks in general.

    So obviously it takes little imagination to see how that might be used in a derogatory way.

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    re: Is the term "Uncle Tom" racist? [W:56]

    Yes it is, along with such terms as "sell-out" and "token". Pretty much anything that suggests that people are wrong or stupid to think a certain way if they're a certain race.

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    re: Is the term "Uncle Tom" racist? [W:56]

    NO WAY MAAAAN....

    There is no "institutional backing" behind the use of such a term, and thus, it cannot be racist.


    Besides, whitey doesn't say it... so it can't be racist if its not coming from whitey.
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    re: Is the term "Uncle Tom" racist? [W:56]

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    NO WAY MAAAAN....

    There is no "institutional backing" behind the use of such a term, and thus, it cannot be racist.


    Besides, whitey doesn't say it... so it can't be racist if its not coming from whitey.
    Actually, it is racist unless a liberal says it about a conservative, then it's totally ok.

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    re: Is the term "Uncle Tom" racist? [W:56]

    Uncle Tom was a good guy so I suppose that racism (in this case) is in the eye of the beholder.

    The book was written to humanize black people who were pretty much viewed as less than human in that era. They've only been allowed in the human club for 50 years. It's unfortunate that a well-intentioned act should have been bastardized into a "racist term" but I suppose that as usual, perception is reality.

    When I read that book, America still had white and colored restrooms.

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    re: Is the term "Uncle Tom" racist? [W:56]

    But I have an uncle named Tom...
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    re: Is the term "Uncle Tom" racist? [W:56]

    Generally the term Uncle Tom is used amongst black people to describe others whom we view as sell-outs and traitors to the race, who have lined up with groups that want to oppress and harm blacks as a whole. Given that context, I do find it offensive when non-black people use the term to describe blacks as it really is something that is mainly kept within the black community.
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