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Uncle Tom knew the shed would be safe but unfortunately the snakes were waiting Soda Spirit

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u/Ihavealpacas Jul 12 '22

Today on taskmaster!

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u/Confident_Intern_425 Jul 12 '22

Accidentally using Uncle Tom in a sentence

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u/sonofnutcrackr Jul 12 '22

Who is Uncle Tom?

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u/ifuckzombies Jul 12 '22

In a modern slang sense, the name implies a slave that sympathizes with the slave owner. If you've ever seen Django Unchained, Sam Jackson's character is the kind of imagery that people think of whenever someone says "Uncle Tom"

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u/zombierobot Jul 12 '22

Uncle Ruckus.

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u/Hsances90 Jul 12 '22

Actually he was born white

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u/esoteric_enigma Jul 13 '22

Reverse vitiligo is a serious condition. We need to spread awareness.

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u/New-bryt Nov 03 '22

More like Sambo

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u/JerryMau5 Jul 12 '22

Uncle Tom was a character from classical American literature. In the books he was devote Christian and was kind to his white slave owners. At one point some slaves escape and Uncle Tom is whipped to death, but doesn’t give up any information about the escaped slaves.

Eventual the book gets reworked into movies and tv shows and the Uncle Tom character is completely bastardized. They remove all the plot where it shows Uncle Tom being a brave devote Christian, and instead turns him into race traitor. This is where the term “Uncle Tom” comes from. Thank you for coming to my TED talk.

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u/BabiesSmell Jul 12 '22

Thanks. I always assumed he was a traitor by default, having never read or watched any of the material. Didn't know he wasn't a traitor in the original canon.

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u/[deleted] Jul 13 '22

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u/ImmaBeHonestWithU Jul 13 '22

your reading comprehension is very impressive.

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u/TheBigSmoke420 Jul 13 '22

Thanks! Am idiot!

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u/ogforcebewithyou Jul 13 '22

Clarence Thomas

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u/Tempest_1 Jul 13 '22

Th guy wrestling the hoses and he just got them from his cabin that you see behind him

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u/honesimo97 Jul 12 '22

died of a heart attack induced by a fight with the garden hose

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u/Rhazior Jul 12 '22

Fun fact; the Dutch word for hose is the same word we use for snake.

Tuinslang = garden hose

Slang = snake

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u/tomassci Nov 27 '22

Czech has something similiar

Had = snake

Hadice = (garden) hose, or alternatively whatever this is.

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u/fliesRspies4thedevil Jul 12 '22

Wrestling hoses for the white oppressors smh

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u/y_not_right Jul 12 '22 edited Jul 12 '22

Americans when a man named Thomas has siblings who have children

First time I’ve ever heard of what an “Uncle Tom” is though, damn

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u/wetdreamteam Jul 12 '22

All the available names in the world and u really just went and said Uncle Tom

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u/TwelfthApostate Jul 12 '22

Kids these days have prob never even heard of Harriet Beecher Stowe

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u/LowEffortOutlaw 7h ago

To be fair neither do I I just know an Uncle Tom is the original Uncle Ruckus.

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u/lordolxinator Jul 12 '22

Brit here, I'm assuming this is some US only thing?

I didn't think twice when OP came up with Uncle Tom, especially when there was no real racial connection in the post either. Maybe it's just an American thing where you can't have any uncles called Thomas going by a nickname because of a lesser known racial slur, I dunno.

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u/wetdreamteam Jul 12 '22

It means race traitor. There was a character in a famous book and movie who was named Uncle Tom and portrayed as a race traitor.

Bob’s your uncle, NOT TOM

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u/ButtPlugJesus Jul 13 '22

In the book he wasn’t a traitor (apparently from other comments)

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u/[deleted] Jul 13 '22

Uncle Tom it's a popular book by mark Twain I think, a negro slave that was a race traitor

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u/IsItUnderrated Jul 13 '22

Harriet Beecher Stowe ≠ Mark Twain

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u/campfirecrucifix Jul 12 '22

Gonna explain my thought process, at first I was like Johnny but that sounded too young, then I was like John but that was too generic so I'm like it's an old dude maybe Uncle Tim? And finally decided on Uncle Tom.

I don't know and don't wanna know who that is just a random name for me.

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u/howitzer86 Jul 13 '22

It's okay. I'll just think of him as Thomas L. Archambeau III, Esquire.

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u/wetdreamteam Jul 12 '22 edited Jul 12 '22

I understand, but rather than turn a blind eye, you might take this as an opportunity do educate yourself on a racial epithet, deeply ingrained in our culture’s history.

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u/Lying_Cake Jul 12 '22

Perhaps he isn't from the United States?

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u/wetdreamteam Jul 12 '22 Silver

Yeah I’m an idiot

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u/campfirecrucifix Jul 12 '22

Not trying to turn a blind eye just not intrested in it. I understand the importance of it and the effect it has on most people(not to mention the historical effect) but you're talking to someone that has really never red ANY of the classics. You name it, I haven't red it.

I don't mean to be rude but I just don't have time or the intrest to be reading historical events. I'm just contempt with knowing slavery/racism is a big nono. However, I encourage others that have the time and intrest to read and learn about it and I hope with all the attention this post is getting that will be a good message to send out.

But at the end of the day I'm just someone on the internet trying to post funny infomercials.

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u/dpforest Jul 12 '22

I believe this is known as “willful ignorance”.

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u/scotems Jul 12 '22

I wonder if OP calls all black men "boy". He certainly doesn't have the time to learn their names.

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u/Gryphrey Jul 12 '22

Just to ease your mind, it isn't as bad to say as people are making it out to be, and I don't know why they aren't just telling you. During slavery in the U.S. an "Uncle Tom" is a black slave that is on the side of the slave owner and seen as a traitor to the other slaves. They usually lived in house with the family instead of out on the living quarters. Think Samual Jackson's character in Django: Unchained.

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u/wetdreamteam Jul 12 '22 edited Jul 12 '22

Well, to your credit, you write like you don’t “red”.

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u/campfirecrucifix Jul 12 '22 edited Jul 12 '22

Ya... kinda what I was trying to get across when I said that. I never claimed to be smart or a competent writer. Just claimed I don't have the time or intrest to do my research into historical topics.

It dosen't take a smart person to know that people suffered and were killed during the holocaust either but since I haven't red The Diary of Anne Frank and relived all the suffering I must be too stupid to understand holocaust = bad according to your logic.

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u/JerryMau5 Jul 12 '22

Yeah and it doesn’t take much to have your opinion swayed if you only have a loose grasp on history like you do. “ Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it”.

I’ve never seen someone so blatantly ignorant. Embarrassing, honestly.

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u/campfirecrucifix Jul 12 '22

I guess call me an evil villain then.

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u/slipskull2003 Jul 12 '22

It's really not that big of a deal.

No one's going to crucify you for saying Uncle Tom, however you have a little mob seething over not wanting to know. I'd rather be in your shoes and be able to say a made-up name than claim I'm righteously educating someone for something honestly inconsequential.

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u/Whaines Jul 12 '22

Not trying to turn a blind eye just not intrested in it.

So turning a blind eye to it. Use this moment as a learning experience, ya know? No one is asking you to read it, just be aware of it now that you’ve heard of it.

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u/bobbysalz Jul 12 '22

I'm so glad you have the privilege to not be invested in the history of racism, bro. You're too busy! I get it. We all are. I know a lot of people of color who also lead busy individual lives and don't have that same privilege, so thank goodness you get to just not think about it.

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u/uyuye Jul 12 '22

you sound like an idiot tbh

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u/ButtPlugJesus Jul 13 '22

Don’t mind these replies, most people didn’t care and so they didn’t bother commenting on it so what your left with is the most unbearable very young white savior complex redditors. Funny meme.

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u/Talanaes Jul 13 '22

You should have stopped a step sooner, because that gif was prime Uncle Tim behavior.

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u/Djloudenclear Jul 12 '22

Maybe, just maybe you could use this as an opportunity to spend about 20 seconds to learn about something new, so you don’t have to spend more time writing about how you want to stay willfully ignorant. Will save you time in the long run.

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u/campfirecrucifix Jul 12 '22

If you're talking about the person then yes I have already red the short summary that was posted above when it was posted.

If you're talking about the book then I'm sorry to inform you that I will have stay ignorant on this matter as I have stated above that this is just something that does NOT intrest me. It's not ment to be rude and I'm sorry if you take it that way but not EVERY single piece of media is something that I want to study.

I'm sure you wouldn't be pleased if someone pestered you into learning something you just weren't intrested in.

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u/Aguas-chan Jul 12 '22

Honestly I had no idea about the racial connotation of saying Uncle Tom, but I think it's stupid that some commenters are getting bothered as if OP intentionally chose it to be racist, which isn't true at all.
If it was a book known throughout the whole planet, yeah sure get mad, but not everyone knows it and the post has no connection to it lol. Not trying to dismiss how bad the book's situation is, but don't assume everyone have read it.

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u/manocheese Jul 12 '22

Nobody is getting bothered, they're just pointing it out and trying to explain why it's bad. Nobody has implied it was said on purpose.

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u/ButtPlugJesus Jul 13 '22

Some are, and it’s hilarious as always

”I'm so glad you have the privilege to not be invested in the history of racism, bro. You're too busy! I get it. We all are. I know a lot of people of color who also lead busy individual lives and don't have that same privilege, so thank goodness you get to just not think about it.”

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u/Zeta-X Jul 13 '22

I mean, that was in response to OP saying he "didn't care to learn" after being told about it, not implying he intentionally used it, like you're saying?

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u/ButtPlugJesus Jul 13 '22

Yep for sure it’s not about him intentionally using it. But people are getting bothered by some young kid posting informercial memes and not wanting to explore the history of racism with a bunch of snarky redditors. Mildly humorous imo

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u/JayWalterWeathermann Jul 13 '22

Why’d it have to be snakes?

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u/PrimeTinus Jul 13 '22

Its in black and white so it's less obvious they used multiple hoses

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u/PulsarTSAI Jul 13 '22

Americans are obsessed with racism... I have never even heard of any connotations surrounding uncle Tom. Perhaps they should stop assuming that everything revolves around their culture. Perhaps assigning some scary, insidious meaning to hundreds of innocent phrases only serves to further the actual racism and American paranoia surrounding it. Surprise, surprise, black people can be seen as just regular people, not some "other", special group that deservers some kind of different treatment, good or bad.

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u/Fiiv3s Jul 12 '22 edited Jul 12 '22

I think if you guys read the name "Uncle Tom" and IMMEDIATELY think "RACISM!".....you might want to step back, take a deep breath, and then come back and just laugh at the dumb post

I didn't think anything of it. Just read it as a name. A man named Tom who is an Uncle. Especially in the context of this sub it was just another random made up title. It wasn't even until I read the comments that I even THOUGHT of that story

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u/Whaines Jul 12 '22

You’re really projecting here bud. People were just pointing it out.

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u/Fiiv3s Jul 12 '22

Projecting what?

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u/Whaines Jul 12 '22

People being upset. They’re just pointing it out.

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u/Derp_Rose Jul 12 '22

,,? Where else do you hear the phrase Uncle Tom tho? In the 19th century, the only book to out sell Uncle Tom was the Bible, you just sound ignorant 💀

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u/wreckedcarzz Jul 12 '22

Uh, well, now hear me out... As the name of a guy who is an uncle?

Like this entire thread is full of assholes who must know everything ever and how it pertains to every single context, and 'if you don't then fuck you'.

I don't read the Babble and I don't hold a PhD in history so the name is just that... a name. Just a bunch of Karen's up in this thread lmfao.

Also your reply just confirms his statement that it seems people are just getting mad for the sake of getting mad because others don't know one random factoid that hasn't come across their radar.... likely because they aren't racists. I mean who would know that information other than...

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u/Fiiv3s Jul 12 '22

Seriously. I just read it as a name. There was no deeper meaning. Just some dude named Tom who was an uncle

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u/lordolxinator Jul 12 '22

It also doesn't help that a lot of people (Americans in particular) have so many racist nicknames, slurs and profane euphemisms attributed to racism. Yeah the bigger problem is the historical racism rooted underneath and the continuing racial inequality, but damn, there's a lot of virtue-signalling and historical creativity used to offensively nickname other ethnicities and whatnot.

Clearly from this thread if your sibling's kids wanna address you and your name is Thomas, you need to be Thomas or Tommy. Wouldn't wanna be racist of course.

I (Brit) ran an after-school table tennis club like 10 years ago (also British). I could call one of the white kids playing around a "cheeky monkey" but god-forbid I do the same to the black boy playing in the same fashion who reacted the same positive way as his white friend.

Apparently I'm not even allowed to say "raccoon" anymore due to the racial context; I went into work after no sleep and I said I felt shattered. A colleague kindly said "well you look fine, don't worry!" to which I replied "you kidding? Look at my raccoon eyes, bags for days" which drew shock and awe from another (white) woman nearby who said I wasn't allowed to use that word. I humoured her and said okay so what am I supposed to call the creatures like Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy. Without flinching, she says "Trash Panda is the politically correct term". What?

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u/Derp_Rose Jul 13 '22

Yes you should not call black people monkey you dense asshat. Man stfu I hope the totally real anecdotal people in your life do police your every word because you sound insufferable

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u/lordolxinator Jul 13 '22

Look I'm not saying I should call them monkeys, I'm saying the association shouldn't be there. Because if I'm calling a kid a cheeky monkey (which is a typical playful jab here in the UK for a playful and energetic kid) then it shouldn't matter what ethnicity the kid is. The kid won't notice a difference, clearly only people overly exposed to a culture of detrimentally referring to black people as monkeys or apes would assume I was being racist.

I get the connotation which is why I don't say it so people like you don't fly off the handle assuming the worst, but can you try to understand that I'm saying all this because it's a shame how prevalent these slurs and the reasons for them have become? Why it means we can't just treat everyone the same because of unintended implications?

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u/Derp_Rose Jul 13 '22

People in the thread were just wondering out of all the fictional names and titles you can assign a video with no context, why do one of the most iconically racist one?? You guys are the one making a whole stink about it, flaunting how little you know for literally no reason. No one asked

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u/brankinginthenorth Jul 12 '22

I was not expecting this gif judging from the title and that's all I'm going to say about that.

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u/wile3166 Jul 13 '22

"I hate snakes, Jock. I hate 'em."

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u/mrweatherbeef Oct 22 '22

I thought it was a cabin? 🤔

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u/ogforcebewithyou Jul 13 '22

I was expecting more Clarence Thomas