Friday, 4 December 2015

Uncle Toms

Merriam-Webster definition of an Uncle Tom:
  • a member of a low-status group who is overly subservient to or cooperative with authority.
  • The term "Uncle Tom" is used as a derogatory epithet for an excessively subservient person, particularly when that person perceives their own lower-class status based on race. It is similarly used to negatively describe a person who betrays their own group by participating in its oppression, whether or not they do so willingly.

If you ask me, there are still many Uncle Toms running around in the form of short/Asian men. You know, Bobby Lee, Doctor Ken types. It's even worse when this type tries to convince everyone they're a positive role model. "Just make fun of yourself!" I will, on the day a 6 foot guy is mocked as much as a 5 foot guy.

I've seen many short men allow their heads to be used as armrests, and just outright humiliated by tall men. Then they become straight up apologists and excuse this behavior. Worst of all, is when people act like this is okay because short men haven't been lynched or enslaved. Trust me, Uncle Tom black men would still be scum even if they were never slaves.

People can make all the excuses they want, but until tall men are pressured into humiliating themselves as much as short men, I'll continue to call short jesters "Uncle Toms." Short sycophants are the one thing standing in the way of mainstream attention towards heightism. When the slaves themselves endorse their predicament, then what's the big deal?

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