Not that I have paid much attention, but for the past 18 years of being a political spectator I have noticed this divide within the black community when it comes to the issues of race and politics. There is a growing number of blacks in the media being labelled Uncle Toms, Cornball Brothers, House N!ggers, Sycophants, Traitors, Lawn Jockeys, Black Friend, Ventriloquist Dummies and Black Hustlers and Hucksters. I look at these accusations and I cannot help but agree @AACONS “Amazing how some Liberals think it fine to call a Black person a “”nigger”” as long as they say “”house”” first.” For more on this, click here.
The latest honoree of these heinous titles is Stacey Dash and her recent employment at Fox News.
Ms Dash is no stranger to accusations of race traitor. During the presidential election of 2012, Stacey decided to Tweet her support for Mitt Romney was called a wide variety of racial slurs.
From what I can deduce, Stacey’s only crime was deviating from some sort of black narrative of authenticy. Genetically and on paper, I am a cluster muck of Filipino, Puerto Rican, Irish and Scottish but to the naked eye I am suspiciously caucasian. While this benefits me in racial quota part of the hiring process, I am not the likely candidate to try to explain what this elusive narrative of black authenticity is so I asked a friend… who’s black.
The narrative blacks are supposed to follow is basically that government and government intervention is the only way to ensure our civil rights. Liberals are the ones who are behind big government and are always advocating government programs to help blacks, so we should follow after them. Somehow, even the most successful blacks have fallen into this trap even though they SHOULD know better. But they don’t trust Republicans because Republicans have abandoned urban areas. — Walter Myers
So in combining my observations with my friend’s point of view, I am able to wade through the rhetoric to ascertain why some blacks with differing opinions and ideologies are exiled to Uncle Tom’s cabin of race traitors.
But who out there besides Stacey Dash is being called a traitor to their race? Here are some examples of other black people being branded traitors and were called all matters of racist labels.
“… all about race” and “when a black man comes with an idea [for Obamacare] there’s something wrong with it. Again, it’s race creeping into the picture…. And then there’s Uncle Tom Clarence Thomas… it’s almost to the point saying this man doesn’t like black people, he doesn’t like being black.” — Rep. Bennie Thompson
“You know the Bush Administration likes to use Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice as human shields against any criticism of its record on civil rights.” They’ve had a collection of black hustlers and hucksters on their payrolls for more than twenty years, promoting them as a new generation of black leaders. They can’t deal with the leaders we choose for ourselves so they manufacture, promote and hire new ones. The late Lee Atwater predicted this course years ago he said we’re going to create “an alternative leadership structure” in black America, and they have.” — Julian Bond
“It’s time for a new ‘black friend.’ Enter Dr. Ben Carson! He’s smart! And helpful in assuaging their guilt.” “Carson is a brilliant medical thinker, but he’s got intellectual tumors in his mind like a flat tax – which is regressive and ignorant in the face of American wealth inequality where the top 1 percent own 35 percent, and the bottom 60 percent own 2.3 percent,” Touré opined. “I doubt Jesus would tax them equally, just as I doubt the GOP would entertain a white, non-politician with unserious ideas.” — Touré
“In the days of slavery there were those slaves who lived on the plantation, and those slaves who lived in the house. You got the privilege of living in the house if you served the master, exactly the way the master intended to have you serve him. Colin Powell is committed to come into the house of the master.” — Harry Belafonte
“We have Republicans who believe in civil rights — unfortunately [Tim Scott] is not one of them.” — Ben Jealous
“I believe Herman Cain is in this presidential race because he deflects the racism that is inherent in the Republican Party, the conservative movement, the tea party certainly, and the last 30 years, the Republican Party has been moving more and more the right, also race-baiting more, gay-baiting more, religion-baiting more.” “There may be a touch of Stockholm syndrome, because anytime I see a person of color or a female in the Republican Party or the conservative movement or the tea party, I wonder how they could be trying to curry favor with the oppressors? Is it Stockholm syndrome or does somebody pay them?” “Something that does give me pause is — now it may be cynically motivated by monetary concerns on her part, she’ll align herself with whomever it seems prudent to be aligned with, it just would seems like Clarence Thomas at some point would have some type of dark knight of the soul sign and say ‘Wow, I should be insulted by this that my wife is involved with the Tea Party.’”— Janeane Garofalo
The white man pays Reverend Martin Luther King, subsidizes Reverend Martin Luther King, so that Reverend Martin Luther King can continue to teach the Negroes to be defenseless. That’s what you mean by non-violent: be defenseless. Be defenseless in the face of one of the most cruel beasts that has ever taken a people into captivity. That’s this American white man. And they have proved it throughout the country by the police dogs and the police clubs… A hundred years ago they used to put on a white sheet and use a bloodhound against Negroes. Today they’ve taken off the white sheet and put on police uniforms, they’ve traded in the bloodhounds for police dogs, and they’re still doing the same thing. And just as Uncle Tom, back during slavery, used to keep the Negroes from resisting the bloodhound, or resisting the Ku Klux Klan, by teaching them to love their enemy, or pray for those who use them spitefully, today Martin Luther King is just a 20th century or modern Uncle Tom, or a religious Uncle Tom, who is doing the same thing today, to keep Negroes defenseless in the face of an attack, that Uncle Tom did on the plantation to keep those Negroes defenseless in the face of the attacks of the Klan in that day. — Malcolm X
A prominent NAACP official recognized Martin Luther King Day by labeling black senator Tim Scott a puppet for the Republican party. “A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy,”— Reverend William Barber II, the president of North Carolina’s NAACP chapter.
“My question, which is just a straight honest question: is he [RG3] a brother, or is he a cornball brother?” Parker asked to much confusion among the show’s other participants. “Well, [that] he’s black, he kind of does his thing, but he’s not really down with the cause, he’s not one of us.”— Rob Barker
“When the ultraconservative right-wing attacker has run out of attack strategy, he goes and gets someone that looks like you and me to continue the attacks. And like the ventriloquist’s dummies, they sit there in the puppet master’s voice, but we can see whose lips are moving, and we can hear his money talk.” “They can’t deal with the leaders we choose for ourselves,” added Mfume, “so they manufacture, promote and hire new ones.” — Kweisi Mfume, Former President of the NAACP
Look at what some people did to Republican Mia Love’s Wikipedia page:
Look at how they portrayed Justice Clarence Thomas in the magazine Emerge:
“Mr. [Alllen] West is not only not representative of the African-American community or of the Republican Party, let alone of the American public. So what he says really is of little or no consequence…” — Rep. Jim Moran
“One of the things about Herman Cain is, I think that he makes that white Republican base of the party feel okay, feel like they are not racist because they can like this guy. I think he giving that base a free pass. And I think they like him because they think he’s a black man who knows his place. And I know that’s harsh, but that’s how it sure seems to me.”— Karen Finney
Based on these quotes, any black person whose inclinations can be traced anywhere near the right-of-center are branded an Uncle Tom. However, what if a black person, who does not aligned themselves with the Republicans, comes to some of the same conclusions? ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith was recently the latest victim of the Uncle Tom accusation when he defended Mark Cuban’s statements regarding race and profiling. Before labeling Smith a Republican, just know that Smith is no friend of the G.O.P.
It is the notion that all people of a certain race must all think alike and come to near identical conclusions in order to preserve the purity of their ideological and racial bloodline. I have not seen such rigid conformity to purity of blood and ideology since the House of Slytherin.
There is a certain number of elite people in the media and political world who are the self-appointed vanguards of the black narrative and therefore think themselves morally qualified and obligated to identify the Uncle Toms and discredit them in the public arena.
Let us consider the character Stephen in the movie Django Unchained. Samuel L. Jackson’s portrayal of the character Stephen is meant to put a face on the ultimate Uncle Tom. Play the scene below (Language Warning)
As Stephen, Mr. Jackson must navigate a host of thorny issues about race and class, which he took in stride. “He believes in slavery, believes in the hierarchy of things, he’s the freest slave on that plantation,” he said. (In character, he added, “I have the same moral compass as Clarence Thomas does.”)
But when Stephen’s master, Monsieur Calvin J. Candie dies, does Stephen rejoice in his freedom? No. He picks up the mantle of oppression and continues Candie’s legacy of brutality.
On the basis of causal observation of the aforementioned persecuted people above, anytime a black conservative/libertarian/independent (Or liberal who does not tow the line perfectly) gets media attention, the “Arbiters of Blackness” react like when Stephen when he saw Django on a horse.
“Yeah, yeah, yeah… hello my ass. Who is this black [Conservative/Republican/Libertarian/Independent] on that nag!?”
Both Candie and Stephen are in agreement as to what a person of color should be and how they should think and behave. Who are these guardians of the Black Narrative? It is anyone who thinks a person of a particular race must think, act and vote alike. Whenever these guardians encounter a black person who does not think like how black people are “supposed” to think, then they are flabbergasted and start spouting out all manner of racial epithets like the ones mentioned above. These guardians must shame these traitors into submission. Instead of attacking their ideas, they attack their identity. They say, “If you were really one of us, you would not think, act or vote this way.” This is how far racism has burrowed into the minds of some people!
Take the example of Big Boi from the group Outkast. In this clip, Big Boi tells a story about how right after the election of Barack Obama, he ran into a white woman who congratulated him on HIS win last night. HIS WIN!? This woman thought that because Big Boi was black, he must have voted for Barack Obama. The fact is, he voted for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Somebody tell me a difference between this white lady and black people like Rep. Bennie Thompson, Reverend William Barber II, Touré, Janeane Garofalo, Karen Finney or Stephen from Django Unchained. Regardless of their melanin, they both have preconceived notions of black people?
So when you see people in the media like Samuel L. Jackson and Janeane Garofalo or politicians like Rep. Bennie Thompson and Rep. Jim Moran criticizing a black person for not being “down with the cause” or labeling them an Uncle Tom, remember, they are operating out of the mindset of Stephen from Django Unchained (Hence the term #UncleStephen). If you are a person of color and you have some ideas about life and someone calls you an Uncle Tom or a House N!##er, just know that you are being persecuted for being different. See, Stephen did not think Django deserved to be up on that horse. There are forces out that believe diversity in all aspects of life except in the arena of thought. Thomas Sowell once said, “The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.” If you are a person of color and you are being called Uncle Tom or something worse, just remember that the person hurling that insult is under the influence of inferior ideas. Just picture a gray aging Samuel L. Jackson demeaning you because of your freedom. In fact, whenever life hands you lemons, it’s best to think about a Samuel L. Jackson movie clip.
In their quest for racial freedom, these guardians of the so called black narrative have become like the authoritarian oppressors of old. The inability to respect people of color that do not fit the mold of the black narrative means that racism has metastasized and evolved into something we never thought possible. Who would have thought that after all the blood shed during the Civil Rights movement that these guardians would go back to the practice of being judged not by the content of their character but by the color of their skin.