After some thought I realized that the whole “Uncle Tom” thing needs to be exposed. I say we shoot Uncle Tom, steam the Crabs in the Barrel, bury Willie Lynch and the stop the Stockholm Syndrome. Wonder what I am talking about? Listen to this episode. Also I respond to some email questions from listeners and ask you to join:
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One of the benefits of being a gun rights activist is that I became a better citizen of the United States of America. I know longer was one of masses that just exists without any knowledge of history, politics or power. I didn’t realize that people of color were and still are the pawns in gun control arguments. We are played on all sides and against each other. It happens because the majority of us doesn’t know it. After twenty-five years of activism, I’ve come to shoot “Uncle Tom” and expose him for all his worth.
Originally “Uncle Tom” was a title character in an 1852 novel by abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe. She was a preachers kid from Connecticut. In the original story Uncle Tom was martyred to protect other slaves. Most of the folks using this term don’t know this.
Over time it has become synonymous with a black man betraying his own people to be in good standing with the white man. It’s a derogatory term for an African American who doesn’t stand up for racism.
Being a gun rights activist has made me a student of American history, human behavior and society. I have wondered why Americans can still have race riot and still need movements like Black Lives Matter in 2015. Why are we still stuck? Why does it seem like we are going backwards? Why are people still exploiting us?
I got involved in this argument in my twenties. By accident or Divine incident, I became almost the real version of a Sam Greenleaf’s fictional character in The Spook Who Sat By The Door. One of my discoveries in this journey is that in spite of the race issues, gun rights is not a white or black issue. It is a political issue. It is a power issue. Americans are still divided on this and people capitalize on it. The power that could be harnessed if African Americans stop Uncle Tom, steam the crabs in the barrel, bury Willie Lynch and heal from the Stockholm Syndrome would be amazing. We could respect ourselves. We could be more than consumers. We could be the “head and not the tail.”
One of my personal struggles was under the Uncle Tom fallacy. I’ve heard it all my life. It’s tiring. I’ve learned that it is not just African Americans that have this guy. Almost all cultures of color have this guy. We just have a name for it. Every culture that is stuck, fearful and jealous. If you have used the term that is what it says about you. It says you are stuck, fearful of change, and/or envious.
There are a minute few of us that can’t change our situation but most of us can. We are stuck for one of the following reasons. There may be more but this is what I have come up with:
And the coping device for being stuck is to project your anger, frustration and negative energy toward the person that is different.
When you are too close to something or in survival mode you can’t philosophize about it. I’ve been black all my life. I’ve been a firearms instructor since 1986. I ‘ve been a gun rights activist since 1991.
I realize that we have a caste system in America. Because we are a free nation, some choose down, not knowing they have been conditioned to stay there. Folks will allow you to stay there too. Misery loves company. There are folks that make money off your suffering and off your back, self-pity and ignorance.
No one can ride your back without your permission- Rev. Dr. MLK, Jr.
We are involved unconsciously in a psychological phenomenon called Groupthink. It is where we desire harmony or conformity even to the point of irrationality and dysfunctional behavior or decisions. To be loyal to the group you have suppress common sense, alternative viewpoints and isolate yourself from outside influences. Anyone that challenges that is an “Uncle Tom.” The Japanese culture has a phrase that says in essence, “keep your head down.”
It is the exposed nail that gets hammered.
The near east, Indians have the “untouchables.” There are the coolies, the peons and a host of other cast down people that stay in their place.
You’ve heard of the “Crabs In A Barrel Syndrome”? Technically it is said when harvesting crabs, the crab as a group will pull down any crab that starts to climb out of the barrel in an attempt to be the first out of the barrel that holds them in. In the case of people it’s when we hurt those in our community attempting to get ahead.
Often this is applied to people in a poor community where one person is starting to get ahead. The collective community becomes jealous or filled with a sense of self-loathing, so they find a way to pull that person back down to the community’s level.
And then there is the hypocrisy of it all. There are people that know better but exploit it for media juice, power and politics. People that could actually help but do not. People that could actually educate but do not. People that keep that status quo.
Gun control is has always been people control.
This is my shot at Uncle Tom. I hope I gave you some ammunition to confront it when you see him again.
“Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind. Speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth.”
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