Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Uncle Tom or Frederick Douglass

The issue of race seems to be on the grow lately, at least from a mainstream and social media point of view.

One of the intriguing aspects of this battle is that of Black Conservatives vs Black Liberals / Progressives. It's just as ugly if not more vitriolic than the generic battle between conservatives and liberals. It seems "bro" only goes so far.

Two terms coming from the political left that seem to be particularly prevalent are "coon" and the wrongly used "Uncle Tom". 

Somehow Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom who was an imposing physical person and who refused to beat other slaves and received a fatal beating because he refused tell the whereabouts of a couple of escaped slaves has become a pox. This impressive man's name who impacted the views of whites on slavery via Stowe's book has morphed into a negative term. The definition from the Free Dictionary - A black person who is regarded as being subservient or excessively deferential to white people.

A more precise usage of the term is that it refers to conservatives only. I wonder who is more subservient to the white power structure then black liberals in the Democratic Party. They've voted en masse for Democrats and what has been the result? A 50 year Great Society project that's done nothing to improve their situation.

It seems to me that black conservatives should really be called Frederick Douglass's not Uncle Toms.

Frederick Douglass was born a slave, he escaped that bondage, he boldly fought the Abolitionist fight, influenced 5 Presidents, and eventually became a 1%. If he were alive today he'd be considered an Uncle Tom by liberals/progressives/Democrats who'd judge him based on the escaping the status quo.

Today's black conservatives are far from the perverted use of the term Uncle Tom.

If you listen to their testimonies you'll find most grew up on the low end of the economic scale, they used all the resources available to them to escape that bondage, they share their life stories in order to encourage others to escape their economic conditions, and many have become prosperous and continue in that success in their personal and business lives.

For that they are called are Uncle Toms.

They are Frederick Douglass.

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