Kanye West. Credit: Photograph courtesy of Jason Persse/Wikimedia Commons.
Kanye West. Credit: Photograph courtesy of Jason Persse/Wikimedia Commons.

This post was originally published on The Washington Informer

By Stacy M. Brown

“So, you have two types of Negro. The old type and the new type. Most of you know the old type. When you read about him in history during slavery he was called ‘Uncle Tom.’ He was the House Negro.” — Malcolm X

In the 1960s, African Americans embraced a locally fashioned brand of Black pride, and “Black is beautiful” was their traditional motto. 

According to writer Ronald E. Hall African Americans mostly embraced the Black pride movement in the 1960s.

“Unfortunately, such activist idealism manifested in Black pride expired with the passing of the times,” Hall asserted.

The author then noted that Black Americans “remain the most despised” among the community of human races, reinforced via media images.

“In response,” Hall determined, “is Black self-hate acted out by the political conservatism of Black American Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as an icon.”

In the eyes of many in Black America, Justice Thomas – disparagingly described by some as “Uncle Thomas,” isn’t alone.

Recently, the antics of Republican Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker, hip-hop star Kanye West, sports commentator Stephen A. Smith, CNN contributor Van Jones and others have drawn the ire of fellow African Americans.

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