"This sound mighty much like some ole uncle Tomming to me."
Details of an illustration from the first edition of the book.
Public DomainDetails of an illustration from the first edition of the book.

'Uncle Tom' is a derogatory name for a black person perceived by others to be behaving in a subservient way to white authority figures (and more recently anyone collaborating with their oppressors). The term comes from the title character of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin which was first published in 1852.