From numerous points of view, Tom’s personification is the male partner to the Mammy exaggeration. Tom was made amid the period of American subjection in the yearning to depict slaves as unwavering, cheerfully submissive hirelings, and in this way slavery as a suitable establishment. Like Mammy, Tom is exhibited as grinning, dull skinned, old, and totally desexualized. He’s the steadfast server: fieldworker, cook, steward, or watchman. He’s a reliable specialist (in contrast to the Coon), anxious to serve and gain the favor of Whites. In the event that Tom was too old to even think about working, at that point he was portrayed as the mollified resigned slave, with a lodge all to himself (a liberal blessing from the ace), and he was the focal point of legendary scenes delineating slaves in their simplicity night-time, strumming the banjo, recounting stories, viewing the more youthful slaves move. Tom’s absence of sexuality was not made to conceal a lie of White sexual abuse of Blacks, but instead as a mental treatment to ease White dread and tension of Dark male sexuality. On the estate, where Blacks dwarfed Whites, that dread dependably waited just underneath the surface.
Unexpectedly, Tom was named from the celebrated Harriet Beecher Stowe abolitionist novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), a character proposed to motivate compassion in White perusers. Stowe’s Tom is a delicate, peaceful, steadfast Christian slave. In spite of his reliability and delicate nature, Tom is sold, slandered, hit, kicked, whipped, worked like a steed, at that point battered the life out of. While proposed as a difference for White cruelty, Stowe’s Tom came to be seen not as a thoughtful character, yet an offensive one. He never opposes. He would never raise a finger to hit his owners nor to stop them from hitting him. Tom will not gripe, renegade, or flee. This somewhat clarifies why the names “Uncle Tom” and “Tom” have moved toward becoming terms of revulsion for African Americans.
Modern Day Uncle Tom
On November 5th, 2013 during the Tom Joyner show, Lemon said that police were not in every case exceptionally aware of the general population they halted, yet that messing with the “formula that has reduced crime in New York City” could be extremely unsafe. “The question is, would you rather be politically correct or safe and alive?” he concluded.
Later during the summer Lemon made a similarly dubious remark. In the wake of the absolution of George Zimmerman, the CNN commentator found it important to accuse the dress style of youthful black males and other individual decisions as a purpose behind the unjust acts they endure in the United States.
The NFL star Herschel Walker defended President Trump by denying his racist acts and insisting that Americans show their U.S. head of state the respect his office deserves. He believed that the country underestimated President Trump. He stated, “President Trump is the president of the United States and I think they need to respect the White House whether he’s in office or not respect the White House,” to FOX business. It can be argued that Walker was highly favored by Trump which is why it comes s no surprise that decades later he would become a typical “house negro”
Kanye West kicked off 2019 by reaffirming his admiration for President Donald Trump and generally riling up Twitter. Some of his tweets included “Trump all day” and then followed that with “Just so in 2019 you know where I stand” In his support of President Trump Kanye has both lost and gained fans. He wore a “ Make America Great Again” hat stating, “There was something about putting this hat on that made me feel like Superman.” Also stating that he would perform with his hat on as well. Even in his following tweet, “One of my favorite of many things about what the Trump hat represents to me is that people can’t tell me what to do because I’m black.” He believes slavery was a choice which is arguable but at the same time quite offensive to most people of color given that it’s such an unforgiving past and delicate topic to discuss. He also tweeted, “2024” as an implication that he plans to run for president in the next election.