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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Offensive Deferential, subservient behavior and attitudes believed characteristic of an Uncle Tom: "Some will seek 'status' through renewed acquiescence and Uncle Tomism” ( Alvin F. Poussaint).


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  • All those accusations of racism and Uncle Tomism thrown against the HRC campaign actually only served to remind everyone that Bill and Hillary have been long standing supporters of and collaborators with Black leadership.

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  • But to many boxing fans, especially black ones, it had seemed like a moment of Uncle Tomism, and when Foreman went professional some started referring to him as the Great White Hope, especially when he faced the beloved Muhammad Ali, who beat him in an upset in Zaire, where all of black Africa and much of the world cheered Ali's victory.

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  • In fact these profiles of the saints of gospel do challenge the stigma of ignorance, naïveté, and Uncle Tomism attached to gospel music.

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  • You are tar-brushed with the stain of Uncle Tomism, and it sticks to you forever.

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  • He hired a Jewish left-wing screenwriter, Maurice Rapf, to do a draft of the script because, as he told Rapf, "You're against Uncle Tomism and you're a radical." -

  • You, sir, are guilty of the worst form of Uncle Tomism, and belong to a small, infuriating sect of gay men who make life exponentially harder for the rest of us.

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  • The result of the assaults on his reputation during the 1960s, a prominent American historian observed in 2003, was that "the tar brush of Uncle Tomism has stuck to Washington."

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