Tageszeitung ville være morsomme, men forsto ikke betydningen av «Onkel Toms hytte». Avisen ville sikkert vise hvilke enormt sprang det er for USAs sorte at Barack Obama kan tenkes å flytte inn i Det hvite hus. Men Onkel Tom har en klang av underdanighet, og det passer slett ikke på Obama.

The edition has caused a scandal in Germany. Although the left-leaning paper claims that the headline was meant to be satirical, many are upset.

Among them is Gary Smith, director of the American Academy in Berlin:

‘Uncle Tom’ is a racial slur, and the Taz editors clearly sacrificed substance and principle for an unreflected laugh,» he said. «A journalism that prides itself on treating stereotypes with irreverence needs to think harder about its own deployment of stereotypes and racial allusions.

Det pussige er at det er en venstreorientert avis som har så dårlig Fingerspitzgefühl.

The Barack Obama cover scandal

En leser har funnet frem flere «morsomme» lignende eksempler fra venstresiden. Eksemplene illustrerer et viktig poeng: Rasisme er ok så lenge det brukes riktig.

Impeccably credentialled lefties have used the term not even satirically e.g John Pilger, New Statesman< 23 January 2008:

«Barack Obama is a glossy Uncle Tom who would bomb Pakistan.»

2. Michael Moore thought Hillary Clinton was engineering something similar; see his blog on 21 April 2008

«Yes, Senator Clinton, that’s how you sounded. Like you were nuts. Like you were a bigot stoking the fires of stupidity. How sad that I would ever have to write those words about you. You have devoted your life to good causes and good deeds. And now to throw it all away for an office you can’t win unless you smear the black man so much that the superdelegates cry «Uncle (Tom)» and give it all to you.»

3 And Obama supporters have been using it all along about blacks who backed Hillary: see the comments from Obama supporters on his own website, or the reporting on black congressman who backed Hillary eg Dallas Morning News, 21 April 2008.

«I understand the emotional charge that African-Americans got when they saw the surge in Obama’s campaign,» said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., who has been called an Uncle Tom by Obama supporters.