By R.C. Maxwell
The first time I heard the term “Uncle Tom” I was about 7 years old.
The context involved my father receiving the label at work because his of belief that O.J. Simpson was finally getting what was coming to him during a civil trial after being infamously acquitted for the brutal murders of two people.
My dad attempted to haphazardly explain the meaning of the word to me after he realized I was listening in on his conversation with my mother, but I never grasped the meaning.
Flash forward to 7th grade - I was listening to a predominantly black radio station on the way to school and the show's jockey continued to use the label to refer to Clarence Thomas, a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
By this time, I was a full on blerd (black nerd) so I certainly knew who Thomas was and thought fondly of him.
This was a man who grew up in a predominantly black community in Savannah, Georgia, used his Yale degree to work for civil rights causes in the 1980s, and notes Richard Wright as his influences.
This was the point in time in which I knew that such a term was used by people with questionable perspectives not on race exclusively but on the world in general.
The original negative connotation of the term “uncle tom” was to label someone, typically in the black community, as a whistle-blower and snitch.
On a larger level, this label is used to indict a black person for being implicit in the oppression of the black community.
The term makes a whole lot of sense when used in the context of slavery but contemporary black liberals use the term to vilify members of the black community that possess a set of principles that are deemed conservative in nature.
Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, Ben Carson and now Steve Harvey have all been labeled as an “uncle tom” by black progressives.
Ad hominem labels are par for the course within the political arena but given the fact that the existence of an uncle tom requires the existence of enslaved blacks to “oppress," one can only be led to believe that black progressive thinkers are indeed slaves.
One need not look farther than C.L. Bryant’s 2006 documentary “Runaway Slave” for a more substantive overview of who the new slave masters are, but I'll give you a hint: it rhymes with demorats.
It’s my belief that uncle toms can’t really exist in contemporary society.
After all, we’re in a post racial America where anyone who showcases racially regressive beliefs are instantly deemed a societal outcast (see David Duke and his new pet Richard Spencer).
Additionally, slavery isn’t a thing anymore and the last time I saw a black guy whistle at a white woman (ie Emmit Till) they became friends on Instagram.
In reality blacks who use the term “uncle tom” are the only ones in society refusing to let go of pre-1968 era America.
In fact, Black Lives Matter supporters remain the only group of people claiming racial oppression.
If you’re a black liberal in 2017, you certainly are a proponent of the group Black Lives Matter and the terrorists who run their organization.
BLMers continue to set American race relations back by emboldening young black men to hate law enforcement and believe that the system is set up to make them fail.
Many, if not all of these BLMers consider people like myself an uncle tom simply because I don’t agree with their violence inciting ideology that I pray my little brother never falls prey to believing.
That is because BLMers are slaves and no more.
On an ideological level, they have been psychologically beaten into believing that any black American who thinks freely and votes republican is inherently implicit in their oppression.
Nice work democrats.
This swath of black apologists and iconoclasts include people like CNN's political (and race baiting) commentator Symone Sanders.
Well Ms. Sanders, I’m here to tell you that the only entity oppressing you is yourself.
If you talk to a BLMer in the street, they won’t be able to tell you anything about how the national BLM organization operates.
Those in leadership of the movement use tragedies to gain profit, fame and publicize their agenda.
More disturbingly, if you suggest a reformist change to the system that might resolve problems black Americans face, you are labeled overly amiable to white civil society and reminded that the BLM movement is about radicalization not engagement with society.
Despite this tomfoolery, about 9 out of 10 blacks support the terrorist cell.
Radical thinking among black Americans should have died when Malcom X did.
Radical black supremacy has already served its purpose.
After all it was the “color-blind white conservative” of the 1950s and 60s that sided with Martin Luther King and his thinking outside the box civil rights efforts because black nationalists were impossible to work with and didn’t want solidarity with persons outside their race.
This was critical to allowing King’s movement to be accepted by mainstream society.
Pretenders of civil rights like the Nation of Islam continued their strive for black supremacy to become the prevalent mode of thinking among black Americans, but even the Nation of Islam has been relegated to an irrelevant bean pie distributing joke.
This is because black supremacy doesn’t work in a society that is built to exclude racial superiority complexes.
I hear black liberals proclaim, “the constitution wasn't made for us!” which ignores the fact that the constitution was critical in rights progression of minority groups ever since its inception centuries ago.
Contemporary black liberals would demonize a modern-day King, accusing him of engaging in “coonish” behavior for proclaiming that people should be judged for the content of their character and not the color of their skin.
This is because proponents of the Black Lives Matter movement continue to insert race into any and every discussion especially for political gain even if it results in the same kind of violence they claim to decry.
Pan afro-centrists, those who believe Frank Wilderson’s writing, and faux black leaders like Shaun King, continue to be the puppets of white liberals.
These black liberals publicly chastised Steve Harvey - a man who has a foundation that focuses on empowering the black community - because he had a sit down with President Trump to discuss issues tangential to the black community.
These so-called uncle toms aren’t implicit in any oppression.
In fact, to call someone an Uncle Tom in 2017 is merely a compliment in my mind - it means you’re showing slaves that thinking outside the box is a possibility.
R.C. Maxwell is a political activist, writer and proud republican. To contact him or ask questions, email: firstname.lastname@example.org