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Do House Negroes’ and sell-outs still exist? And if so, who are today’s version of House Negroes?   Boston Globe  movie critic Wesley Morris likens the House Negro in D’Jango Unchained, played by Samuel L. Jackson,  to black Republicans like Clarence Thomas and former RNC Chairman Michael Steele. Morris’ review of the movie was positive, in that he thought director Quentin Tarantino did a good job meshing a spaghetti Western with a Civil War era drama, but he spared no criticism of Samuel L. Jackson’s character: Samuel L. Jackson plays crusty, waxen Stephen as a vision of depraved loyalty and bombastic jive that cuts right past the obvious association with Uncle Tom. The movie is too modern for what Jackson is doing to be limited to 1853. He’s conjuring the house Negro, yes, but playing him as though he were Clarence Thomas or Alan Keyes or Herman Cain or Michael Steele, men whom some black people find embarrassing. Morris continued, saying, “ Jackson turns the volume way up on his entire persona to broadcast the nightmare of black self-loathing. It’s a terrifying, fearless, and easily misconstrued performance .” Are black conservatives the equivalent of House Negroes? Is the definition of a House Negro someone who works against the interest of black people, or has the definition shifted over the years? And are black Republicans always in that category? Is it possible to be a black Republican and still be down for the cause?  

Movie Critic Likens Django Unchained ‘House Negro’ to Black Republicans Like Michael Steele and Clarence Thomas

Do House Negroes’ and sell-outs still exist? And if so, who are today’s version of House Negroes?  django-jackson

Boston Globe movie critic Wesley Morris likens the House Negro in D’Jango Unchained, played by Samuel L. Jackson,  to black Republicans like Clarence Thomas and former RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

Morris’ review of the movie was positive, in that he thought director Quentin Tarantino did a good job meshing a spaghetti Western with a Civil War era drama, but he spared no criticism of Samuel L. Jackson’s character:

Samuel L. Jackson plays crusty, waxen Stephen as a vision of depraved loyalty and bombastic jive that cuts right past the obvious association with Uncle Tom. The movie is too modern for what Jackson is doing to be limited to 1853. 

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  15. It is a shame that in 2013 race in this country is bad as it ever was. The current president has been disrespected more than any president in history. A person like Rush Limbaugh is a billionaire because he hates black people. I understand Spike lee’s situation if Spike tried to make a movine like Django he would have been hammered by the press. We still have a long way to go in this country and the gap between rich and poor black, latino’s and white is getting worse not better

  16. I wish Blacks would actually research who Uncle Tom really was and what his contribution to history was.. It’s an insult to his legacy and a compliment to those Black Republicans and Black Slave merchants in our history that have done much to harm our people and our progress..

    • You are literally and technically correct. UT was not what he has been depicted in history. It is literally correct to say Sambo is the Uncle Tom of our history. But I am not changing the meaning here. IT is the one I was handed down in history by Our People. It is America and White Folks’ fault that it has come to this. We were made illiterate during Slavery. We have a seperate meaning to things than white folks. So when the majority of our people view Uncle Tom as a trader, then fine with me. He tried to satisfied both sides. You can’t do this even to this day. He did not show eventually loyalty to them, so they beat him to death. That is the lasting moral to that story.

  17. I think it is jealousy on Spikes part he hasn’t done anything worthy of responding too in years I think he got some praise on his documentary about hurricane Katrina.Even though some may see this film as being controversial you can’t deny it’s part of history and most slave owners did have the so call house Negro and most of them had their way with females and I guess Django was one of those slaves who was not going to have it.As for Michael Steele and others who are referred to as Uncle Tom’s they have the right to be Republicans or Democratics it’s call freedom of speech the right to say and be who you want to be without infringing on the rights of others

  18. I haven’t yet seen “Django Unchained,” but I’m hearing people who haven’t seen it either saying that they are boycotting the film. Spike Lee is one of them. How can you make an intelligent comment about something you haven’t seen? Do you operate on hearsay? Such an opinion isn’t worth anything.

  19. I wouldn't put him on the All Uncle Tom team..but closet Republican Boyce Watkins should at least be on the Honerable Mention team.

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