Liberals Say Uncle…TOM, That Is.


Marquis “Motionn” Campbell

Tyler Perry (via his wild, gun-toting yet wise, Southern Grandma character by the name of “Madea”) once emphasized a very valid point in one of his movies: It’s not what people call you, but what you ANSWER to. Personally, I respond to a plethora of names; Marquis… Quis… Quisy F Baby… Mr. Campbell (If you’re nasty)… Motionn… And there’s one other name by which I am frequently, yet indirectly addressed (which I’ve now surprisingly embraced).  To the best of my knowledge, neither my six-year-old, nor my twenty-nine-year-old sister has any children. Nevertheless, I am given the title “Uncle”.  No, it’s not Uncle Marquis.  Or Uncle Motionn.  Or even Uncle Pookie.  My valued readers, with the intention of hurting and insulting me, folks have dubbed me as “Uncle Tom”.  The last time I checked my birth certificate, Tom wasn’t there.  But I guess no one pays any attention to the validity of birth certificates. Isn’t that right, President Soetoro? (Oops, I mean “Obama”).


For about as long as Blacks have tried to mentally step OUT of the mental and political plantation, their complacent Black counterparts have made the term synonymous with self-hatred, betrayal, and more negative terms than Hollywood liberals apply to the United States of America.  For those readers who have never heard the term “Uncle Tom”, let me give you a brief introduction (and summary all in one, since it’s so shallow and useless).  According to a good portion of Black leaders and “scholars”, an Uncle Tom is a Black individual who kisses up to those of the Caucasian persuasion in hopes of attaining a higher level of acceptance (as well as success) in this White-devil-controlled American society.  When a Black person calls another Black person an Uncle Tom, their intention is to hurt, sting, and denigrate that fiscally/socially/personally responsible individual for veering away from the group-think mentality.  The term is used so hatefully, it’s as if their want to call the person a NIGGER without actually saying it.  Fox News personality John Stossel made a statement that’s slightly comparable to this subject: “Where I’m from, liberals say ‘conservative’ the way all people say ‘child molester'”.  Now here’s my spin on it: Where I’m from, Black people use the term “Uncle Tom” the way true Americans say Usama Bin Laden.


The term originates in a novel, titled “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, of course.  Liberal Black Americans have characterized the title character as Tom, a large buck slave who was intellectually and mentally extravagant. He was essentially ordered by his last master, Simon Legree (who was pretty much characterized as the worst slave owner in the history of slavery… even worse than small business owners are), to become an overseer, and report to Simon any dissent from the mentality in which massa desired of his slaves.  Most folks depict Tom as a “House Nigger”, a derogatory phrase for slaves that were allowed to work in the living quarters of their owners, as opposed to just doing back-breaking field work.  However, these traits have been PROJECTED on Tom, but the real kisser-uppers were Quimbo & Sambo, two field slaves who were eventually appointed as overseers. Tom was hardly a brown-noser, but rather the antithesis to everything that is said about him. Quimbo and Sambo took their derogatory names from the warped Mr. Legree. The two were said to evolve into a mirror image of the cruelty embodied by Mr. Legree.  The slapstick duo obliged their master, and by doing so were afforded privileges, above and far beyond fellow slaves. They were designated as leaders by slave owners who perceived a willingness on their part to take charge of their brethren on behalf of their masters. In exchange for the intoxicating false glory attached to the position of leader, they were required to demonstrate an allegiance to their appointing masters that was tantamount to self-loathing.  There was, however, a sharp turn in history when Legree received, as payment of an old debt, a slave named Tom from a neighbor.  It was Mr. Legree’s first encounter with Black dignity . This encounter would also lay the foundation for a not-so-subtle division among blacks, which exists even to this day.  The book, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, as well as other notable works describing the history of slavery, refers to Tom as a rugged individualist who resisted, with dignity, the dictates of an insane system of humans owning humans.  Like the character of Kunta Kinte in Roots no amount of oppression or cruelty could break his spirit.  Word spread from state to state after he challenged his new master to stop the cruelty exacted on field hands by the overseers.  During an incident when the parents of a young female slave ran to Tom’s cabin for his help to prevent Quimbo from raping their daughter, Tom confronted Legree as being the source of the evil that reigned terror on the entire plantation.  He offered his own back to the whip in exchange for the freedom of the young woman.  The lack of fear for his own life and his willingness to stand up to Legree earned Tom the respected title of Uncle, a title reserved in those days for the most honorable male in any given plantation.


Black slaves adopted Tom as their own uncle and intercessor between master and slave.  In addition to performing his assigned chores with the utmost precision, he became champion of the mistreated, and eventually the political opposition to the leaders.  Legree, as well as other owners of Tom, found that to mistreat Tom brought about a work slowdown.  Soon, Tom lived in his own cabin, which became the place of counsel and sanctuary for slaves with grievances.  His willingness to confront black and white injustice earned him a limited freedom long before the Civil War.  He did encounter opposition however, but it was not from white slave owners.  His biggest enemies were those black overseers appointed as leaders over the people.  They were being increasingly challenged by slaves who found the bold courage of Uncle Tom very attractive.  The historical fact is that a quiet but growing movement could be found in plantation after plantation of slaves who wrapped themselves around the concept of individual rights and dignity.  By the mid 1820’s these rugged souls, who grew in their boldness to stand up to their overseers, became known as Uncle Toms.  Black leaders who discovered they had an Uncle Tom among those they supervised were struck with panic at the impending challenge to authority.  A line in the sand was drawn which some believe aided the spark we all know as the Civil War. The spark of contention, lit so long ago, continues to burn in the black community even today.


Okay, so let me get to the point, for all the readers who grow tired of the historical accounts and whatnot.  If one reads this story, then looks at today’s social interactions, it is quite evident that the racial “civil war” is still brewing.  It is being kept alive by ne’er-do-well individuals, who want to chastise and belittle successful Black individuals because they are economically sound, and have a vocabulary that isn’t limited to profanity and boasting of hot commodities (like cars, clothes, jewelry, and EBT cards).  No Black individual must ever stray from the path of high taxation, low-motivation, government debt, bureaucracy, inefficiency, sloth, indifference, and subjugation.  If you do otherwise, you are simply guilty of hating the fact that you are Black, and trying to escape from it.  You are guilty of not wanting any other minorities (but yourself) to prosper, and of doing anything to get in the “house” of Master Whitey (you hear that, Brother Herman Cain?).  Well, I say that such isn’t the case. If it means enlightening others like myself to stray away from the comfy Victicrat  status that many urban folks have adopted, then I will gladly be an Uncle Tom.  If it means not belittling myself in order to entertain others (Black OR White), then I will gladly be an Uncle Tom.  If it means speaking with intelligence and depending on myself to put food on my table (and NOT Uncle Sam, or should I say SAMBO), then I will gladly be an Uncle Tom.  Hell, I’ll be an Uncle Tom, Father Tom, Brother Tom, Pastor Tom, or even just Mister Tom.


  1. Thank you brother for this article. It seems that we are shouting into empty space sometimes to get more black folk to understand how they’ve been duped into believing that being a Conservative is tantamount to being a traitor to “our” race!

    Keep on shouting conservatism to our folk and I’ll do the same! We are being heard for there are people who strongly disagreed with me two years ago on every point that are now starting to heed what I’m saying. Eyes are being opened in the black community and people are being awakened from their slumber!

    • Sue says:

      I am a white woman that had always heard this term and was “familiar” with the book(in as much as I had heard of it)A conservative black woman I work with educated me on who and what Tom really was. Oh how I wish everyone from the left wing media to the jerk(middle aged white guy) at my son’s school playground spewing his liberal “keeping the black man down” stuff would read this. It is a beautiful explanation, that, if I hear ANYONE using the term Uncle Tom derogatorialy, I will use to inform and educate.
      Keep on shouting from the rooftops. Fingers crossed the message will be heard.
      Cain vs Unable 2012!!!!

    • Whoa! Well-written and quite to the point. And I never knew the true history of the “Uncle Tom” character … and that people have been misusing the term for God knows how long. Keep bringing the truth, Uncle Motionn!

  2. mrcwjr says:

    Marquis, you are on point in this. So many of our Sisters and Brothers do not know who Uncle Tom was and what he was for our people. They only know it as a term that is deragatory,It is used as such without overstanding that Uncle Tom championed for his people and did not think he was above and better than them. Great information!

  3. Laura says:

    Mr. Campbell, thank you very much for your incredibly informative post. I’ve never heard “Uncle Toms Cabin” summarized this way. It’s strange that people use the term as a deragatory … though sadly, it shows just how uneducated the average American really is.

    Keep up the great work!

  4. Great piece here Mr. Campbell. I took the time to read this years ago and this was a gr8 refresher thank you. I read a non-fiction book maybe 10yrs ago N vs. S or something and how some ex-slaves were creating big profitable companies supplying the Union forces during the war effort. Next Mr. Campbell next can you fix the historical record on N@zi’s being right-wing as we know it? LOL, revisionist history is here so that we make sure we repeat every mistake over and over again. How about that Hoover recording of LBJ re: passing civil rights to get the black vote ‘for the next 200 years’ and he didn’t use the term ‘black’ How come this isn’t remembered?

  5. Kara Mehmet says:

    My enemy is what I call the “Liberal Uncle Tom”. Black or white..although it is really much funnier to see a White Liberal Uncle Tom like Lawrence O’Donnell cross examine Herman Cain without the least bit of self consciousness at his own hypocritical irony. I

  6. JAMES says:

    This is the fairly succinct explanation of the character “Uncle Tom”. However you and some of the people who have commented still missed the meaning; stating that people today use it out of context due to ignorance. They may have done so unwittingly but they are correct.

    “Uncle Tom” is neither shallow nor useless. It applies appropriately to you. You should embrace the term; become emboldened by it.

    In today’s world…
    The plantation is the black community as slaves to “liberal progressivism” or socialism, indoctrinated with “black liberation theology”. The fields are self segregation and distrust of non-blacks.

    Simon Legree, Sambo and Quimbo are the NAACP, community organizations, liberal media, black media, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, anyone who profiteers from preserving the oppression and second class status of Black America. They are BARAK OBAMA, Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson Lee, Charlie Rangel, Congressional Black Caucus…

    Uncle Tom is a black conservative/libertarian. His is empowered by the Bill of Rights, his creed is the Republican Creed, and his Bible is the Constitution.

    “Uncle Tom” is used in proper context by the Legree’s, Sambo’s, Quimbo’s and their followers who despise your opposition and encouraging others to think and act against their will.

    Uncle Tom knows the social justice collective is not the way to live. He shares his beliefs with the slaves and builds their confidence to rise up and seek the true freedom of self reliance.

    You left out that Uncle Tom was whipped to death by Legree, Sambo and Quimbo. The same is done in today’s world.

    I do have issue with the statement you made and would like further explanation of your meaning.
    “…the worst slave owner in the history of slavery… even worse than small business owners are”

    In my personal experience I have found the opposite to be true.
    Small independent businesses value free thinkers and innovators who work independently taking ownership of their work. Willingness to take on additional responsibilities or suggested improvements to product and process are encouraged.

    Large corporations prefer subordinates to their overseers. All orders, no matter how impractical or immoral, are to be followed without question. Minimal requirement lackadaisical employees are preferred. Proactive employees are harassed, blackballed and forced out.

    I have a strong desire to achieve success as a small business owner. I would rather eat from my own hand or starve rather than spend my life dependant on someone else’s.

    I like Herman Cain but believe his success is due in part by media building him up to distract people way from supporting Ron Paul, ignored by the media, who was leading in polls prior to the flood of press around Cain. They will in turn tear him down in the months to come leaving their desired candidate, Mitt Romney (the best financed, least likely to defeat Obama), to secure the nomination.

  7. Tom Chen says:

    As an American of Chinese descent that is also a recovering liberal, I’ve been labeled these derogatory terms and more…sadly…from a lot of White liberals who know NOTHING of my culture.

    Thank you for this summary and explanation of the Uncle Tom term.

  8. dorothea says:

    This was a great article. I had always heard this term but never truly understood. I agree with you 100%. It makes me sad to see African American’s believing the lie of liberalism to their detriment. I look forward to reading more of your articles.

  9. Marquis this is hilarious lol and so very true! Excellent piece! Keep up the great work!

  10. Ron Yeary says:

    Are we suppposed to appauld every black person who exihibts intelligence and wisdom? I find that more demeaning than an Uncle Tom salutation. When we no longer support the deception and disallusionment of those who peddle “government freebies” as a way of life from any political party then we are halfway home.

  11. Cathy Copeland says:

    This is the kind of open discourse that we need to have, and this is the high ground that will bring whites and Blacks and all of us together, finally.

  12. David Palacios says:

    Thanks to both of you, Marquis and Kira. After being stalked and called the Spanish version of Uncle Tom (Tio Tomas) for the last two days, the timing of this article couldn’t be any better. I posted it on the Latino Rebels FB page if you’d like to add your comments. I was first registered as a D because that’s what ‘Mexicans’ do. That’s what an aunt told me years ago. I’ve since ‘learned’ that wasn’t for me.

    Keep up the great work!

  13. Oliver Doobley says:

    Yikes! I’m a lot late in this conversation. The term “Uncle Tom,” often used in the 60’s an era when I was an adolescent was not used to berate “successful” black folks. It was used as an indication of a spineless negro (we still negro then). Those who go along to get along, you know… those apathetic and/or submissive black folks who did mind the blatant inequality of Afro American faced.

    You know… the house niggers who wouldn’t complain or support the field niggers in their struggle… ’cause master treats ‘em good (a relative goodness).

    Those black folks who profited and solicited the abuse of other blacks in attempts to assimilate or gain acceptance by those who owned them, legally and more important mentally.

    It is oft misused term as most should know; Uncle Tom was most heroic in taking a beating (to death), by not telling on the escaping slaves. But I am talking about the use of the vernacular.

    That any person in the USA would define themselves by a political party or agenda rather than articulate a coherent reason why the are pro or con on any particular issue informs that the need to assimilate, no matter what ethnicity unfortunately lives on.

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