Black Lives Matter Slammed Over Silence on Leftist 'Uncle Tim' Twitter Trend
Both BLM and NAACP refuse to condemn racist slur being spread online
Black Lives Matter (BLM) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are being slammed by Republicans for failing to condemn the racist slur being pushed by leftists online.
The viral "Uncle Tim" slur began trending on Twitter Wednesday in reference to Senator Tim Scott, a black man, as he gave his rebuttal speech for the Republican Party on Wednesday.
Scott was compared to the racist "Uncle Tom" trope that depicts black people as subservient after he defended America as not racist.
While making the point that he had personally experienced discrimination, Scott spoke extensively about race and concluded that he does not believe the United States was an inherently racist country.
"I get called Uncle Tom and the N-word by progressives ... I know first-hand, our healing is not finished," he said.
"Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country."
"Uncle Tim" - a play on the Uncle Tom trope - was soon trending on Twitter as thousands criticized Scott, with one person claiming the South Carolina senator was a "cunning white supremacist apologist."
The term was trending on Twitter for some 12 hours before it was taken down on Thursday morning.
A spokesperson for Twitter told Fox News that an algorithm allowed the term to trend.
"This algorithm identifies topics that are popular now, rather than topics that have been popular for a while or on a daily basis, to help you discover the hottest emerging topics of discussion on Twitter," the spokesperson told Fox News.
GOP SC Sen Scott on Fox: It is stunning that in 2021 those who speak about indiscrimination want to end it with more discrimination...but the left is, they are going to double down and not attack my policies but they are literally attacking the color of my skin.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) April 29, 2021
Scott's comments during his speech led many liberals to write Twitter posts changing the racial insult "Uncle Tom" to "Uncle Tim" in reference to the senator.
But some white progressives also used the term, including television personality Scott Nevins, who later apologized.
The term was trending for hours before Twitter eventually blocked it Thursday morning, saying the move was "in line with our policies on Trends... to promote healthy conversations on Twitter."
Republicans widely condemned the use of the term to refer to Scott.
And Scott himself addressed the comments on "Fox & Friends" Thursday morning.
"Intolerance so often comes from the left with words like 'Uncle Tim' and the 'n-word' being used against me," Scott said. "And last night what was trending in social media was 'Uncle Tim,' and they doubled down on this concept of liberal oppression. It is stunning in 2021 that those who speak about ending discrimination want to end it by more discrimination."
"The left has... doubled down that they are going to, not attack my policies, but they're literally attacking the color of my skin," he added. "You can't step out of your lane according to the liberal elite left."
But the NAACP and Black Lives Matter, two groups whose mission is to fight discrimination, have not made any statements on the attacks against Scott.
The only apparent public reaction to Scott's speech from either group was a Wednesday night tweet from the NAACP that was critical of Scott's comment that "America is not a racist country."
"America is not a racist country!?!" the group posted.
"@TimScottSC we should have a Word or a Word of Prayer!"
Scott, who is seen by some as a potential 2024 presidential contender, was widely praised by Republicans for his Wednesday response.
Those on the right are likely to continue to discuss Scott's speech and the Democrats' reaction to it as Congress moves ahead with discussions on police reform.
New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Steve Stepanek on Thursday said comments directed against Scott by "the left" are "outrageous."
Stepanek continued to say "they’re looking for ways to poke holes in his life and take away from him what he’s accomplished.
"That’s just unacceptable to me and I think Americans are getting sick of it."
Biden on Wednesday asked Congress to put a police reform bill on his desk by next month, ahead of the first anniversary of George Floyd's death.