When he called Obama an "Uncle Tom" and wouldn't apologize, Ralph Nader effectively cancelled out his own credibility.
For the record, Wasserman Schultz never referred to West as “Uncle Tom” in the House meeting that set off their feud.
At this I could not help laughing, when Uncle Tom, who had not perceived me before, transferred his attention to me.
“On, toward the house,” said Uncle Tom, nodding his head in the direction of the bungalow.
Southern people when reading "Uncle Tom" thought little of the unpleasant things in it: they liked the pleasant things in it.
Then came "Uncle Tom" looking men, driving wagons loaded with newly-riven rails, breathing the virile pungency of freshly-cut oak.
It is wonderful that the people here do not seem to have got over "Uncle Tom" a bit.
"servile black man," 1922, somewhat inaccurately in reference to the humble, pious, but strong-willed main character in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1852). The image implied in the insult perhaps is more traceable to the late 19c. minstel show versions of the story, which reached a far wider audience than the book.
I don't recall anyone in the 1920s using the term 'Uncle Tom' as an epithet. But what's amazing is how fast it caught on (in the 1930s). Black scholars picked up (the term) and just started throwing it at each other. [Ernest Allen, quoted in Hamilton, Kendra, "The Strange Career of Uncle Tom," Black Issues in Higher Education, June 2002]As a verb, attested from 1937.