Historically, Uncle Tom was a black man
born into slavery, who ended up sacrificing his own life to save the lives of other slaves. But, when this story was made into a movie, Uncle Tom was portrayed as a slave who gave his life for his master.
Now, an "Uncle Tom" is a derogatory
term to describe a black man who "acts white" and "talks white", or who is a sell-out
to his own race
. A black man who kisses white people's asses, and who will turn his back on other black people to keep the approval of whites
. A sell-out, an ass kisser
, a race traitor
I've also heard people describe an " Uncle Tom" as a whitewashed
black man. A black man
who may have been raised by white people
, and who therefore has the manorisms
of a white man
. He would also speak like a "dorky/nerdy" white man.
A black man, who, while speaking to over the phone, one would think they were talking to a white man.
"Colin Powell is an Uncle Tom. Condaliza Rice is a female version of an Uncle Tom."
"That guy is such an Uncle Tom! I thought he was a white dude, til he got to my door and I saw he was black!"