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Uncle Tom is a Christian figure and hero portrayed in the book "Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” UncleTom is ultimately martyred; being beaten to death by a cruel master, simply because Tom has a sacrificial heart for others and refuses to betray the location of two black women who have escaped from slavery.

“Tom is ordered by Simon Legree, the immoral slave owner, to flog a female slave. Tom refuses. Legree strikes him repeatedly with a cowhide lash. Again, he tells Tom to beat the woman. Tom, with a soft voice, says,

The poor crittur's sick and feeble; 'twould be downright cruel, and it's what I never would do, nor begin to. Mas'r, if you mean to kill me, kill me; but, as to my raising my hand agin anyone here, I never shall, -- I'll die first’" (Page 439, from "Uncle Tom’s Cabin," by Harriet Beecher Stowe).

I would assume, the majority of people representing the black race, who call members of their same race “Uncle Toms,” have never read the book nor have they acted heroically to save other lives from harm. They would learn fine quality traits from his humble man of God represented in fictional character form, who is willing to sacrifice his own life to protect others.

It is incredibly strange liberal blacks call people names using a fictitious character who assisted in freeing the black race. The book is considered the main weapon implemented in erasing slavery, and Uncle Tom is the hero.
by val lee weblog August 15, 2015
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Theatrical productions of Uncle Tom's Cabin played throughout the nadir (post Civil War and Reconstruction); but since the novel's indictment of slavery was no longer congenial to an increasingly white society, rewrites changed Uncle Tom from a martyr who gave his life to protect the people into a sentimental dope who was loyal to kindly masters. In the black community, Uncle Tom eventually came to mean an African American who sells out his people's interests and still does today. In my opinion the phrase "uncle tom" should not be used today by black people because it degrades the status of a man who wasn't in fact a sell out but a hero who's name should be used with reverence not disgrace.
Uncle tom, a martyr who should be admired til the end of time.
by desigurl August 14, 2003
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the real uncle tom was a black man born into slavery who gave his life to protect other slaves. when his story was turned into a movie, the writers re-worked the script making uncle tom's character the opposite; a slave who was loyal to his master. unfortunately, this has become the most commonly known image of uncle tom. because of the film, the term "uncle tom" has become synonomous with "sellout", degrading the real uncle tom. so once again, the white man has successfully managed to teach blacks an incorrect, caucasion-favoring version of history.
person 1: Chris told the boss about you stealing office supplies.
person 2: What! I knew that ass-kissin uncle tom would say something.
person 1: He's not an uncle tom.
person 2: Yeah, whatever.
by yay area baby February 25, 2006
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A black man who will do anything to stay in good standing with "the white man" including betray his own people
Leroy is such an Uncle Tom; he told the boss I took a 2 hour lunch; I had to go see my baby momma
by Kimdiggity June 10, 2003
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Dat Uncle Tom be makin' us look wack!
*Author's Translation: That Black man has a job, supports his wife and kids, has a house, and pays his bills on time with legally obtained money.*
by HarrietBeecherStowe August 06, 2010
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Uncle Tom is a term used by black people to try to convince other black people that working, education, living well, and setting a good example for their children is selling out.
"De Shawn got a job? At Ameritech? He's a Tom"
by Pud June 21, 2005
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African American male who kisses the white mans ass.
Look at shateque, always sucking up to the boss. He's such an Uncle Tom.
by I forget October 15, 2004
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