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Uncle Tom is a pejorative for an African American who is perceived by others as behaving in a subservient manner to White American authority figures, or as seeking ingratiation with them by way of unnecessary accommodation. The term Uncle Tom comes from the title character of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, although there is debate over whether the character himself is deserving of the pejorative attributed to him.[1] Called English literatures performing flea, P. G. Wodehouse, pictured in 1904, became famous for his complex plots, ingenious wordplay, and prolific output. ... In the Jeeves and Wooster stories of P.G. Wodehouse, Tom Travers is the husband of Aunt Dahlia and uncle of Bertie Wooster. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with pejoration. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... The term white American (often used interchangeably and incorrectly with Caucasian American[2] and within the United States simply white[3]) is an umbrella term that refers to people of European descent residing in the United States. ... Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896) was an American abolitionist and novelist, whose Uncle Toms Cabin (1852) attacked the cruelty of slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential, even in Britain. ... Uncle Toms Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly, is American author Harriet Beecher Stowes fictional anti-slavery novel. ...

It is commonly used to describe black people whose political views or allegiances are considered by their critics as detrimental to blacks as a group. Though most indigenous Africans possess relatively dark skin, they exhibit much variation in physical appearance. ...


Other terms with the same meaning

A more offensive term with the same meaning is house nigger (as contrasted with field workers from the days of slavery). In 2002, actor/singer Harry Belafonte used a variation of the term, White House nigger, to characterize certain political figures.[2] // Nigger is a racial slur used to refer to dark-skinned people, especially those of African ancestry. ... Harold George Belafonete, Jr. ... For other uses, see White House (disambiguation). ...

Native Americans in the United States sometimes will use the term Uncle Tomahawk. This article is about the people indigenous to the United States. ... Native American Afraid of Hawk, holding a tomahawk A tomahawk is a type of axe native to North America, traditionally resembling a hatchet with a straight shaft. ...

Similarly, Mexicans in the US may be referred to as "tio taco" or "tia taco" (from tío / tía, Spanish for uncle / aunt). Barbacoa tacos. ...

A similar term for black people is Oreo, implying that one is black on the outside but white on the inside. This also applies to the terms coconut or Bounty. For other uses, see Oreo (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Coconut (disambiguation). ... Bounty chocolate bars (September 2006). ...

Sometimes, women are called Aunt Jemima after the popular pancake mix that long depicted a kerchief-headed family cook of that name. These terms are considered offensive. Aunt Jemima is a trademark for pancake flour, syrup, and other breakfast foods. ...

Notable controversial users

In the 2007 Philadelphia mayor's race, Democratic hopeful Milton Street called fellow candidate Michael A. Nutter a "Watermelon Man" after a 1970 movie where a white man becomes black.[3] T. Milton Street T. Milton Street, Sr. ... Michael A. Nutter is a Democrat and councilman of the 4th Council District of Philadelphia which includes the neighborhoods of Wynnefield, Overbrook, Roxborough, Manayunk, East Falls and parts of North Philadelphia, West Philadelphia and West Mount Airy. ... DVD cover Watermelon Man is a 1970 comedy-drama film directed by Melvin Van Peebles and based on the book The Night the Sun Came out on Happy Hollow Lane by Herman Raucher. ...

During a 1995 game between the New Jersey Nets and the Utah Jazz, Net's forward Derrick Coleman called Jazz's Karl Malone an Uncle Tom. [4] [5] The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... Derrick D. Coleman (born June 21, 1967, in Mobile, Alabama) is a retired American basketball player in the NBA. Coleman grew up and attended high school in Detroit, Michigan and attended college at Syracuse University. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

During The Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav Comedian Jeffrey Ross suggested Uncle Tom as a nickname for Flavor Flav The Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav is a roast of rapper Flavor Flav that will air on Comedy Central. ... Jeffrey Ross is a stand-up comedian, actor & director who currently provides the voice for the beagle Buddy in the MTV2 Sicemation animated satire program Where My Dogs At?. As a stand-up comic, Jeffrey has appeared TV shows like The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show... William Jonathan Drayton, Jr. ...

See also

Beulah magazine ad For other uses, see Beulah. ... This reproduction of a 1900 minstrel show poster, originally published by the Strobridge Litho Co. ... Jim Crow Jump Jim Crow is a song and dance from 1828 done in blackface by white comedian Thomas Dartmouth (T.D.) Daddy Rice. ... A slur can be anything from an insinuation or critical remark to an insult. ... Nigga is a term used in African American Vernacular English that began as an eye dialect form of the word nigger (which is derived ultimately from the Latin word niger meaning the color black). ...


  1. ^ A New Look at 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', The Tavis Smiley Show, November 29, 2002.
  2. ^ Ronald Radosh. "Harry's Hatreds", New York Post, 2002-10-24. Retrieved on 2007-01-06. 
  3. ^ Mark McDonald. "Milt (yep, that Milt) eyes mayoral tilt", Philadelphia Daily News, 2007-02-16. Retrieved on 2007-02-16. 
  4. ^ "New Jersey Nets forward Derrick Coleman calls Utah Jazz's forwards Karl Malone an Uncle Tom", Jet, 1995-04-03. Retrieved on 2007-04-21. 
  5. ^ Mike Wise. "PRO BASKETBALL; Coleman Speaks, And Beard Cringes", New York Times, 1995-03-17, p. Section B, Page 15. Retrieved on 2007-04-21. 
  • (1969) in Osofsky, Gilbert: Puttin' On Ole Massa: The Slave Narratives of Henry Bibb, William Wells Brown, and Solomon Northup. Harper & Row. ASIN B0006BZ59E. 

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