GOP Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida received a copy of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” as an apparent racial slur.
According to the Daily Mail on Thursday, Republican Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida, who is black, shared that he was mailed a copy of the Civil War-era tome “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” as a racial slur.
“Today, my D.C. office received a copy of the world-renowned book ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Whoever sent this book did so w/hate in their heart & the desire to depict me as a sellout,” Donalds said on Twitter.
As the Daily Mail noted, “Uncle Tom” is a racially based insult to criticize black people who are “overly deferential” to white people. It’s most frequently invoked by liberal blacks against black conservatives, such as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
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Donalds, of Naples, has emerged as one of the most prominent conservative voices among House Republicans.
During the stalemate to elect California GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy as the new House speaker, Donalds was among the 20 staunch conservative holdouts and was even nominated by Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado as an alternative to McCarthy.
In his tweet, Donalds added, “Concentration & mental toughness are the margins of victory.” That was a quote by NBA legend Bill Russell.
Donalds has faced such criticism from liberals before, as The Free Press has reported.
Left-wing “Squad” member Rep. Cori Bush, who also is black, came close to invoking the Uncle Tom slur by referring to Donalds as a “prop” for the Republican leadership.
“Nobody asked @CoriBush her opinion on the matter,” Donalds tweeted in response.