Who You Callin’ Uncle Tom?

I grew up in a sheltered New England neighborhood.

Like Mount Mordor, smoldering off in the distance, was Crosby Jr. High, a public school that served inner city kids.

After six years at St. Mark’s Catholic School, my first few weeks of slightly higher leaning went poorly.

The word “boy” didn’t mean an ethnic slur to me.

Until I unconsciously used it at Crosby, and an acquaintance snapped back…”Who you callin’ boy?”

I made it home in one piece, but learned a good lesson about racially sensitive language.

Sadly, there remains a subculture that still overreacts when people of goodwill try to follow their conscience.

When African-Americans run for office, like Herman Cain did in 2012, because he was a Republican, some folks unkindly described him as an “Uncle Tom.”

Wikipedia says this:

The phrase “Uncle Tom” has also become an epithet for a person who is slavish and excessively subservient to perceived authority figures, particularly a black person who behaves in a subservient manner to white people; or any person perceived to be a participant in the oppression of their own group

Here’s a question, especially for African-Americans…

Do you think any of the following people are Uncle Toms?

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Alveda C. King
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Harriet Tubman
  • George Washington Carver

Not only are these American heroes well above being called Uncle Toms, they’re all proud Republicans.

Let’s start thinking for ourselves men and women.

One last thing…after the death of Abraham Lincoln, Democrat Andrew Johnson became President.

Johnson opposed the Fourteenth Amendment, which gave citizenship to African-American males.

Listen good people, just because your liberal Democrat school teacher never shared these facts, that doesn’t exempt you from the need to know the truth.

Open your mind.

Is it not possible some “not so good people” wanted to keep you “excessively subservient” to their political agenda?

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

(1817 – 1895)

Frederick Douglass was one of the foremost leaders of the abolitionist movement which fought to end slavery within the United States in the decades prior to the Civil War. He eagerly attended the founding meeting of the republican party in 1854 and campaigned for its nominees.

A brilliant speaker, Douglass was asked by the American Anti-Slavery Society to engage in a tour of lectures, and so became recognized as one of America’s first great black speakers. He won world fame when his autobiography The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, in which he gave specific details of his bondage, was publicized in 1845. Two years later, he began publishing an anti-slavery paper called the North Star. He was appointed Minister Resident and Consul General to Haiti by President Benjamin Harrison on July 1, 1889, the first black citizen to hold high rank in the U.S. government.

Douglass served as an adviser to President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and fought for the adoption of constitutional amendments that guaranteed voting rights and other civil liberties for blacks. After the Civil War, Douglass realized that the war for citizenship had just begun when Democrat President Andrew Johnson proved to be a determined opponent of land redistribution and civil and political rights for former slaves. Douglass began the postwar era relying on the same themes that he preached in the antebellum years: economic self-reliance, political agitation, and coalition building. Douglass provided a powerful voice for human rights during this period of American history and is still revered today for his contributions against racial injustice.

Borrowed from the National Black Republican Association web site.  http://www.nbra.info/index.cfm?fuseaction=pages.blackgop

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