Uncle Tom

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(ethnic slur) offensive and derogatory name for a Black man who is abjectly servile and deferential to Whites

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I did not like being thought of as the house nigger," she added.
A case in point is the final story, Guter's own "Destination Bent," in which he hyperbolically asserts, "I was the crip equivalent of the House Nigger, the Tom" (223).
Similarly, Malcolm X described a conflict between "the House nigger and the field nigger," where the workers in the field were afraid of being "sold up the river" by those in the house who were trying to impress their master.
Beyond the robotic impetus of the breedstud, the house nigger, the quisling, the bantustan mayor, and plain willful sell-out, there is the generalized pathology of duality which, rather than being romanticized and accepted in all the ways negroes in "America" and "South Africa" find ways to, must be attacked and destroyed before Afrikan people can return to their human destiny.
Coming as it did from an Afro-American whose race not too long had endured some of the worst abuses ever practiced against the 'other' people, Williams sounded like a house nigger, and not the field nigger that people could respect.