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Uncle Tom

A black person who is regarded as being subservient or excessively deferential to white people.

[After Uncle Tom, , a character in Uncle Tom's Cabin, a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe.]

Uncle Tom′ism n.

Uncle Tom

informal derogatory a Black person whose behaviour towards White people is regarded as obsequious and servile
[C20: after the slave who is the main character of H.B. Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852)]
Uncle Tomism n

Un′cle Tom′

usage: This term is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as highly insulting. Though usually used of a black person, it occasionally refers to a person of any race who exhibits overly deferential behavior, esp. a female.
Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person who is regarded as being abjectly servile or deferential to whites.)
[1920–25, Amer.; so called after the leading character in H. B. Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin]
Un′cle Tom′ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Uncle Tom - (ethnic slur) offensive and derogatory name for a Black man who is abjectly servile and deferential to WhitesUncle Tom - (ethnic slur) offensive and derogatory name for a Black man who is abjectly servile and deferential to Whites
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
ethnic slur - a slur on someone's race or language
Black person, blackamoor, Negro, Negroid, Black - a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
2.Uncle Tom - a servile black character in a novel by Harriet Beecher StoweUncle Tom - a servile black character in a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe
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While Garston girls Doreen Gregg and Marjorie Salkin of Bowden Road took their brand of Liverpool-style celebrations to Blackpool where they joined in the fun Uncle Toms Cabin.
Baldwin instead implores whites to consider the lives of Aunt Jemimas and Uncle Toms, these "prodigies of resilience," and to respectfully "ask [from] whence they sprang, how they lived?
Yet four other African American male writers produced equally revealing attacks upon the figure of Uncle Tom at the time, beginning a decade earlier with Richard Wright's Uncle Tom's Children (1938).
In returning to the literary texts of Wright, Ellison, and Himes, I will change the register of the object of vilification: it was less Stowe's Uncle Tom that incited these authors to literary attack than what I will call the Uncle Tom-mask.
Log Cabin Republicans are simply the Uncle Toms of heterosexual conservative Republicans.
Their families moved north during the 1920s, and each was derided as an Uncle Toms during the militant 1960s.
Rushdy can show, however, that the key questions recur: about agency and stereotyping; about property, power, and cultural self-determination; about Uncle Toms and Nat Turners; and about the strategic necessity of violent acts.
The complexity of the ongoing debate on race, economy, property, and violence, on Uncle Toms and Nat Turners, and on strategies of self-determination is mapped with remarkable expertise.
Ishmael Reed was, when he wrote Flight to Canada, highly critical of Black Power, mainly because of its inability to acknowledge aesthetic values in nonprotest literature--a criticism that to some extent applies to Rushdy's book as well: In Flight to Canada the political message, however garbled it may appear in the camivalized postmodem world of Reed's Neo-HooDoo Aesthetics, is subversive, but the adaptable trickster-figure Robin, a kind of Uncle Tom, is presented as more successful than any Nat Turner-figure could be.
In his autobiography Black and Conservative (1966), written more than thirty years after the African tales, Schuyler recounts the battle he waged, often single-handedly, against the destructive forces of Communism and "red Uncle Toms.
It also finds literary cognates, one being Harriet Beecher Stowe's nineteenth-century figuration of the character Uncle Tom as a martyr, a suffering Christ-persona who, as Henry Louis Gates also notes (198-99), employs "silence" as resistance and, unlike Naylor's Willa or Martin Delany's Henricus Blacus, will not strike his a ssailant back.