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Uncle Tomism

[ uhng-kuhl tom-iz-uhm ]
/ ˈʌŋ kəl ˈtɒm ɪz əm /
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noun

a pattern of social behavior characterized by a willingly submissive attitude on the part of the Black participants in a given interaction and a benevolent but patronizing attitude on the part of the white participants.

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Also called Tom·ism .

Origin of Uncle Tomism

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; Uncle Tom + -ism
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