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  •  If you’ve ever seen what Crack did? (1+ / 0-)
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    If you ever seen what drugs (crack) and chronic unemployment did then you might agree that he (Uncle Tom as he is) has a point… we’re talkin’ whole neighborhoods, towns, cities, regions devastated if not outright destruction… selling wives, children for a lousy five dollar hit--horrible!  And all those crack ho jokes…

    •  no, he doesn't have a point (4+ / 0-)

      WTF is it with "Uncle Tom"? If you read Uncle Tom's Cabin, Tom was the heroic character.

      This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

      by Karl Rover on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 05:02:37 PM PDT

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      •  Do you really think so? I recently read (1+ / 0-)
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        UTC for the first time (believe it or not). I agree that in the author's mind and for that time period he was portrayed in what could have been considered a heroic fashion. I saw him as a sad character who was done wrong time after time but was still accepting of his plight due to his unwavering faith.

        On the other hand, I didn't see him as the current stereotypical "Uncle Tom". To me, that term always meant a Black person toadying up to "The MAN" in order to improve his situation or to gain acceptance. That this was often done at the expense of other Blacks was kind of a bonus. Think Stephen in Django Unchained (I feel like Samuel L. Jackson should gotten some Oscar buzz for that portrayal. Even after all this time, I still shudder with hatred for that character).

        The most I felt for Tom was a sort of frustrated pity.

        "Someone just turned the lights on in the bar and the sexiest state doesn't look so pretty anymore" CA Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Texas budget mess

        by CaliSista on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 07:24:24 PM PDT

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        •  I think you answered your question (2+ / 0-)
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          Tom never gave in, he never sold his soul. Why his very name means a sell-out doesn't make sense.

          This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

          by Karl Rover on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 09:22:53 PM PDT

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          •  I suppose if one is extremely religious (0+ / 0-)

            and nothing else (and I really mean NOTHING ELSE) in life matters except for the relationship with God he could be seen as never selling his soul. Personally, I didn't find that an admirable trait. The slur "Uncle Tom" has likely taken on additional negative meaning since it first came in to use but I can kind of see its origins. I don't consider him evil but I did want to reach through the pages of the book and give him a good slap while screaming WAKE UP DAMMIT. It probably would have been useless since he would have just forgiven me :)

            "Someone just turned the lights on in the bar and the sexiest state doesn't look so pretty anymore" CA Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Texas budget mess

            by CaliSista on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 03:55:20 AM PDT

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    •  This kind of drivel (3+ / 0-)
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      CaliSista, oldpotsmuggler, Matt Z

      sounds about like something out the mouth of a Teabagger.

      28, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

      by TDDVandy on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 06:08:18 PM PDT

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