We periodicallyÂ point out the most obvious person in the news who exhibitsÂ the sense of self-loathing that we lovingly call "tomming." By definition an Uncle Tom is:Â Â a black who is overeager to win the approval of whites (as by obsequious behavior or uncritical acceptance of white values and goals) - meanspirited? Maybe, but we think of it as our brand of tough love.
This Week’s Moment of Tom-foolery
Earlier this week, on Sunday of all days, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) earned our first ever acknowledgement of â€œTom-fooleryâ€ when he said US President Barack Obamaâ€™s 2012 campaign slogan â€œForward,â€ was far more thanÂ just a catchy one word attempt to get re-elected.
West, whoâ€™s vying for re-election himself, in fact mendaciously told the Republican Jewish Coalition that the slogan was meant to promote a, â€œSoviet Union, Marxist-Socialist Theme,â€ somehow championed by the American incumbent.
West, a Tea Party candidate, was the first African-American elected to the heavily conservative 22nd Congressional District in Florida since the Reconstruction. Now running in a newly formed 18th Congressional District, he is best known for impugning the character of the President earlier this year by calling him: â€œprobably the dumbest person walking around in America right now.â€
Also Â # 6 on our 2011 list of Better Blacks, West has been a tanned avatar for his party since elected and once bought the prestigious Congressional Black Caucus Chick-fil-A fried chicken for lunch as a joke.
Obviously as played out and misguided as a high-top fade in the 21st Century, Rep. Westâ€™s version of black-on-black crime was almost tailor made for our first award. We can only hope he loses in the upcoming November election.
At least then heâ€™ll be able to return to more suitable and fulfilling causes, like shining shoes or something.