Uncle Tomism

Uncle Tomism

noun
a policy of relationship between whites and blacks involving a benevolent but patronizing attitude on the part of the whites and a willingly submissive attitude on the part of the blacks.
Also called Tomism.


Origin:
1935–40, Americanism; Uncle Tom + -ism

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Uncle Tom
 
n
informal, derogatory a Black person whose behaviour towards White people is regarded as obsequious and servile
 
[C20: after the slave who is the main character of H.B. Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852)]
 
Uncle Tomism
 
n

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