an Uncle Tom

an Uncle Tom

a black person who is too eager to please white people
Usage notes: This phrase is from the book Uncle Tom's Cabin by H.B. Stowe, in which the main person in the story is a black slave. (= someone who is legally owned by another person)
She was seen by other blacks in the neighborhood as an Uncle Tom for not complaining about police harassment.
See also: tom, uncle
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He is undoubtedly an Uncle Tom figure for our community.
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.
Zimbabwe's embattled government yesterday accused US Secretary of State Colin Powell of being an Uncle Tom, lying and distorting the situation in the impoverished southern African country.
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.
The Talking Drum Community Forum believes that Elder is an Uncle Tom puppet for anti-black, Jewish interests.
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.
Joe Frazier is too ugly to be champ," said Ali, who nicknamed his opponent the Gorilla, which Frazier, among others, considered a racial slur, especially hypocritical from someone who also declaimed, "Anybody black who thinks Frazier can whup me is an Uncle Tom.