Played Out: the Liberal Racists’ “Uncle Tom” Card

Meet Ryan Patrick Winkler. He’s a 37-year-old liberal Minnesota state legislator with a B.A. in history from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. He’s also a coward, a bigot, a liar and a textbook example of plantation progressivism.

On Tuesday, Winkler took to Twitter to rant about the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down an onerous section of the Voting Rights Act. The 5-4 ruling overturned an unconstitutional requirement that states win federal preclearance approval of any changes to their election laws and procedures. Winkler fumed: "VRA majority is four accomplices to race discrimination and one Uncle Thomas."

This Ivy League-trained public official and attorney relied on smug bigotry to make his case against a Supreme Court justice who happens to be black. "Uncle Thomas" wasn’t a typo. Denigration was the goal, not an accident. It was a knowing, deliberate smear.

After being called out by conservative social media users for his cheap attack on Clarence Thomas, Winkler then revealed his true color: yellow. He deleted the tweet (captured for posterity at my Twitter curation site, and pleaded ignorance.

"I did not understand ‘Uncle Tom’ as a racist term, and there seems to be some debate about it. I do apologize for it, however," he sniveled. "I didn’t think it was offensive to suggest that Justice Thomas should be even more concerned about racial discrimination than colleagues," he protested.

Holding a black man to a different intellectual standard based on his skin color. Accusing a non-white conservative of collectivist race traitorism. Employing one of the most infamous, overused epithets against minority conservatives in the Democratic lexicon. "Apologizing," but disclaiming responsibility. Sorry … that he got caught.

Just another day at the left-wing racist office.

Rabid liberal elitists expect and demand that we swallow their left-wing political orthodoxy whole and never question. When we don’t yield, their racist and sexist diatribes against us are unmatched. My IQ, free will, skin color, eye shape, name, authenticity and integrity have been routinely ridiculed or questioned for more than two decades because I happen to be an unapologetic brown female free-market conservative. My Twitter account biography jokingly includes the moniker "Oriental Auntie-Tom" — just one of thousands of slurs hurled at me by libs allergic to diversity of thought — for a reason. It’s a way to hold up an unflinching mirror at the holier-than-thou NoH8 haters and laugh.

We conservatives "of color" are way past anger about the Uncle Tom/Aunt Tomasina attacks. We’re reviled by the left for our "betrayal" of our supposed tribes — accused of being Uncle Toms, Aunt Tomasinas, House Niggas, puppets of the White Man, Oreos, Sambos, lawn jockeys, coconuts, bananas, sellouts and whores. This is how the left’s racial and ethnic tribalists have always rolled. But their insults are not bullets. They are badges of honor. The Uncle Tom card has been played out.

Of course Winkler didn’t think it was offensive. Smarty-pants liberal racists never think they’re being racist. In their own sanctimonious minds, progressives of pallor can never be guilty of bigotry toward minority conservatives. Ignorance is strength. Slurs are compliments. Intolerance is tolerance.

And when all else fails, left-wing prejudice is always just a well-intended joke. (PBS commentator Julianne Malveaux’s death wish for Justice Thomas set the standard: "I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease. … He is an absolutely reprehensible person.")

Back in her day, before the advent of democratizing social media, Malveaux and her elitist PBS friends could get away with such vile bile. But liberal crabs in the bucket, viciously trying to drag dissenters "of color" down, can no longer engage in hit-and-run with impunity. Conservatives on Twitter have changed the dynamic in an underappreciated, revolutionary way. The pushback against liberal political bigotry is bigger, stronger and swifter than it’s ever been.

You can delete, but you cannot hide.

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies" (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is


  • Uncle Dave

    The race-card is played every day. In some of the neighborhoods I travel, it’s like “How dare you look at, not hold a door, criticize, question or otherwise disagree with a black man/woman”? Just look straight a head and keep your mouth shut.
    My minority is not so obvious. And I always get a laugh when someone uses a slur not realizing that I’m Jewish. Yes, a Jewish Conservative … it throws off a lot of people.
    BTW, it seems like the “anti-racist” racists are going back further than ever before to dredge up a case and destroy an upstanding member of the community; did you know Paula Dean used the “N-word” in 1984?? Ya, 30-years ago … during a bank robbery where she was a teller and this only came out because it was referenced in the LEAKED court deposition.

    • Wheels55

      I don’t get how much Paula has been slaughtered with the whole N word revelation. It seems the USA has become so afraid to even suggest there is a racist in the room that this kind of over-reaction happens so frequently. I don’t think she deserved most of this. Her apology could have been better – chalk that up to a simple lady not having the best PR advice.
      It also seems that those who have been frustrated by discrimination all these years now feel a free-for-all with calling out racists. Hopefully time will balance this all out.

    • Darren Perkins

      Would George Zimmermen even be on trial if his name sounded hispanic. I’d sincerely doubt it. The race card can be used so profitably by those who wield it that it will literally NEVER go away. Why is that no one has ever said that travon martin was a racist? He is the only one to have uttered any racial epithet when he called George a ‘creepy ass cracker’ per sworn testimony of his friend. More proof that racism is not considered racism unless directed at a minority. Ridiculous!

  • Brian_Bayless

    Oriental Auntie-Tom” — just one of thousands of slurs hurled at me by libs allergic to diversity of thought — for a reason. It’s a way to hold up an unflinching mirror at the holier-than-thou NoH8 haters and laugh.”

    You have no clue that you are also allergic to diversity, as you write articles that only highlight the bad from democrats, like certain behaviors are only exclusive to democrats. Its a patheitc and biased outlook on life, but I actually think this is just your gimmick and not entirely your beliefs.

    By the way, hurling insults is sad and nothing I would endorse.

    • Royalsfan67

      How dare Michelle share factual statements made towards her. Of course she is pointing out liberal hypocrites on this matter, the world has all the media and people like you to point out anytime a conservative utters the least racist thing, including many things that have nothing to do with race but you libs have decided are code words for racism. You just love free speech but only for those you agree with.

      Saul Alinsky “free speech for me but not for thee” Rules For Radicals.

      • Brian_Bayless

        Your missing the point. My argument is that she is one-sided in her articles, liberals are bad are the basis of her columns, and thus also allergic to diversity because she only sees things through one point of view.

  • Wheels55

    Unfortunately, the race card is not fully played out. There still are those who feel free to throw it out whenever someone disagrees with them. Just so happens, Winkler used it in a stupid way and was caught.

    • legal eagle

      Clarence “Uncle Tom” Thomas is an insult to his race as well as to judicial philosophy…Can you imagine being up in front of a judge so simple minded? The last original thought he had will be his first…