Georgia Lawmaker Calls Clarence Thomas ‘Uncle Tom’ — After Admitting He Doesn’t Know Who Uncle Tom Is

  • “We cannot avoid that conversation so I’m not going to avoid it either,” Jones said of the discussion surrounding the statue.
  • “In the black community we have an expression — and I don’t want to use this label too deeply here because I’m just trying to tell you what we have in the African American community when we talk about a person of color that goes back historically to the days of slavery and that person betraying his own community — we have a term in the black community,” Jones began.
  • “That term that we use is called ‘Uncle Tom,’” he continued, adding, “And ‘Uncle Tom’ is a — either fictional or a non-fictional character, I don’t really know the origin of ‘Uncle Tom’ — but it talks about a person who, back during the days of slavery, sold his soul to the slave masters,” Jones continued.