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Uncle Tim and Aunt Taby

A delegate of the black race has always been at the ready to lend his or her experience to the aims and purposes of agendas imbued with the intended nurturing of closed minds and ‘closed societies’. Disgust with these dissidents should not descend to the depths of despising the dignity of their African American experience.

GoodbyeUncleTom11232009A fictional archetype of a montage of slave experiences, Uncle Tom has tended the cabin long enough. The need to memorialise Uncle Tom is concrete. It consist of qualitative changes in how African Americans experience and comprehend possibility in North America. Thinking beyond Uncle Tom does not mean that we dispel or disguise the silhouette that his shadow still casts on understandings of the extremes of poverty among African Americans. If we are to keep pace with intolerance, however, changes in the quality of experiences of difference should be accompanied by corresponding leaps forward in our understanding of them. With that in mind, from the vantage point of eRacism, please meet Uncle Tim.

A non-fictional character nuanced by the quantity of experiences made possible by struggle and resistance, a Uncle Tim can be a Supreme Court Judge, a U.S. Senator or even a Bishop fanning the flames of hell to singe the wings of difference. The cousin of Uncle Tom, Uncle Tim is much younger, astute and steep in the Ole ways of subordinating and dominating difference. Uncle Tim is nobody’s ‘boy’. Disk-jockeys of intolerance boast that he is their ‘Man’.

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“When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions.” Dr. Carter G. Woodson

“Dividing the Democrats” Along Racial Lines (1971)

eRacism studies difference from the vantage point of experience and how lives are colored by experiences of difference that stem from belonging to certain categories of  race, sex, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and faith. The skin ‘color’ of the first African American U.S. Senator from the South since Reconstruction is beside the point.  His experiences as an African American have colored him in much the same way as any African American experience colours every human being born of and to that legacy of subordination, domination and resistance. Nothing should be taken from assessments and appreciations of him that is afforded every person of colour born and raised in the United States of America.

A delegate of the black race has always been at the ready to lend his or her experience to the aims and purposes of agendas imbued with the intended nurturing of  closed minds and ‘closed societies’.  Disgust with these dissidents should not descend to the depths of despising the dignity of their African American experience. They are just as black as the rest of us. They are just not as ‘cool’ about how most of us choose to resist the subordination and domination of the difference that we represent socially, economically and politically.  Let this be the reason that we are not warm to what they represent because, like it or not, the who of what they have historically represented is the American in each of us, African Americans.

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Mia Love, first black, female GOP rep., backs Steve Scalise for leadership position after it was revealed that he spoke at David Duke’s white supremacist group 12 years ago

“I believe he should remain in leadership,” she said. “There’s one quality that he has that I think is very important in leadership, and that’s humility. And he’s actually shown that in this case. And he’s apologized, and I think that we need to move on and get the work of the American people done.”



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Curriculum Vitae

Tom L. States PhD Candidate

Fields of Interest: Political Theory, International Relations, Marxist Political Economy

Research Topic: eRacism - Conflicts of Difference

Education History: Williams College, BA Political Science; New York University, MA Politics; York University PhD Candidate

Languages: English, German

Hometown: Greenwood, Mississippi

Words of Wisdom: “IT” is what you are when you are young. Your youth mistakes certainty of the few things that you think you know for knowledge of things that it takes a life time to understand. With time and a few life experiences “IT” becomes the thing you pursue to give your life meaning. Somewhere along the way of having or getting “IT” you ask yourself, ‘Is this “IT”? Panic sets in when you realize that “IT” is your life. Fear and insecurity is that feeling you get when “IT” has not been worth a life time.


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