an Uncle Tom

an Uncle Tom

A derisive term for a black person who is submissive or servile to white people. The phrase refers to the titular faithful black servant in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. He was once a passionate activist, but he's become an Uncle Tom.
See also: tom, uncle
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Looking back at Wheatley from the vast expanse of two centuries of civil rights protest and progress, these modern day African-American critics have declared that the 18th-century prodigy was not "black enough," or worse, an Uncle Tom.
I believe that in the old world of civil rights you'd be termed an Uncle Tom.
has various opportunities to realize that white people aren't all that bad, while Milsap keeps him in line so he doesn't become an Uncle Tom.
If I hadn't been an Uncle Tom, there wouldn't be what we have today," says Gaston.
On the other hand, a scene in which Robinson is assailed by an activist for playing an Uncle Tom character achieves genuine poignancy, for we've seen the underappreciated struggles the man has endured in his life.
I admit some of these attacks have embittered me, when you get letter after letter calling you an Uncle Tom, a traitor, a sellout to your race.