This Uncle Tom Labeling

Oh, the folks who are into labeling black people Uncle Toms for not seeing things through race as they see them! Alabama State Representative, Alvin Holmes  is one of those folks. This man holds a B.S., M. Ed, M.A., and a LL.D degree; therefore, one would be surprised by his narrow racist thinking that caused him to call and defend his statement that Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas is an Uncle Tom. He also did not like the fact that Justice Thomas married a white woman.

Rep. Holmes sounds so ridiculous! I am so thankful I escaped out of group black think. It is obvious that Rep. Holmes is very entrenched in group black think with roots growing down to the core of the earth.Josiah P Henson and wife Hey, it is the human race and not viewing life through the tunnel vision of a particular race. Again, I must say that calling someone an Uncle Tom is really a compliment.

It surprises me how people do not know that Harriet Beecher Stowe based the Uncle Tom character in her Uncle Tom’s Cabin on Josiah P. Henson. Mr. Henson was born a slave who escaped to Canada and led hundreds upon hundreds of slaves to their wonderful freedom through the underground railroad. He was a Methodist minister and started a settlement house called the Dawn Institute in Canada which taught trades to people who had escaped enslavement. Read more here. So if you are ready to label someone an Uncle Tom, know that you are really complementing that person.

Note: Photo of Josiah P Henson and his wife, Nancy shared through the Zinn Education Project on Facebook

Racist Remarks According to…

Conservative, Bob Parks of Black and Right produced this video on deemed racist remarks according to who is doing the talking. Now I know racism can be found among Republicans and Democrats. The problem is that remarks get the racist label coming from someone in the TEA Party, Conservative Republican camp, but no so for those remarks coming from someone in the liberal, leftist Democrat camp.

From Zo: If the TEA Party were Really Terrorist!

Oh the TEA Party! I know folks that cannot stand TEA Party people, because they view them as racists of the KKK nature. I have not been to a TEA Party rally since last summer in Philly. But I still remember quite vividly, the strong negative reactions I received for going from my family members, even though, most whom spoke at the rally were black! Again, I am not blind to the reported racist remarks from a few in the various TEA Party organizations across the country, but as quiet as it is kept, racists can be found anywhere, including in Democratic and leftists organizations.

On the Democratic and leftists side, some added the label of terrorist to the TEA Party to get more bang with their racists label. Recently, this was in the news headlines. Those in the Democratic Party hierarchy are having a hard time defending the Obama administration policies and the laws passed that were going to beef up our downed economy, but instead, infused an awfully large dose of anemia. So what do they do? They go negative and hurl nasty, over the top slurs on whom they deem to be strong adversaries. Listen to Zo’s (AlfonZo Rachel) rebuttal to this terrorist labeling of TEA Party people.

Influences of All in the Family

I still watch reruns of TV’s All in the Family. The program captured the culture of the 70s. The Archie Bunker character was a hardworking family man, but was also a man with bigoted views. He was rather outspoken on his belief that the white people were the superior race. Just recently, I saw an episode where he thought he was going to get promoted and decided that when the promotion came through, he would put “black Elmo” in his dock foreman position.  He said, and “that is as far as them people go.” His son in-law Michael, who he always called Meat-head threw Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshal in his face.

I realized now how All in the Family helped to mold my political views as a young woman in my 20s and presented the paradox that I successfully ignored for so many years. Archie’s education level did not even make it to high school graduation level which was not all that uncommon from his  generation. Archie was a Republican and even though you did not hear conservative being used much back then, I say he was conservative. Archie was for personal responsibility and loved his country. He believed in God, but did not go to church and was ignorant of God’s Word. He could really mangled bible scripture. He also did a good job of mangling the English language. There was no other Republican or conservative character  to balance the lowly educated Archie with his white supremest views.

On the other hand his daughter, Gloria and especially her graduate school husband Michael who was an atheist championed equal rights. Michael was always shaming Archie’s pro segregation views and his very unsuccessful attempts to keep the neighborhood white. Michael always came down on anything having to do with the Lord. He ridiculed the bible.

I loved the liberal Michael, while shutting my ears to his atheist ridicule of Christians. I despised Republican racist Archie while respecting his love of family and believing in God. Now, I did not like how he ordered his wife Edith around, but it was clear he loved her. Some of my favorite episodes are of the few times she stood up to him. That TV show aided in strengthening the stereotypes and my belief of Democrats and liberals as educated and pro equality for everyone and the opposite for Republicans and conservatives.

In another note, I do not like that some on Facebook promote Archie Bunker. Some link a clip of him coming down on Democrats, which in itself is not wrong. I have no quarrel with the statement in the clip. But knowing all the bigoted comments that are far too many to be numbered that came from the Archie Bunker character, just perpetuates the uneducated and racist stereotype of the Republicans and conservatives.