Jack Brewer, TownHall, March 9, 2020
I never thought, in all my years of serving the most underserved black people on the planet, that I would be called an “Uncle Tom.”
However, that is exactly what happened to me and other community leaders and patriots last week after we attended a Black History Month event hosted by President Trump at the White House.
We were gathered to celebrate the historic achievements that President Trump has secured for black Americans. From resurrecting American inner cities with Opportunity Zones to record-low unemployment, rising wages, criminal justice reform, record-high funding for HBCUs, and fighting for school choice, President Trump has accomplished what Democrat politicians have long promised — and failed — to deliver.
That is why I proudly called President Trump the first Black President — not because of the color of his skin, but because of the content of his administration’s victories. He is the first president to have a real agenda for Black America.
For daring to think differently, CNN’s Keith Boykin slurred me and other attendees as “Uncle Toms.”
Eight years came and went. “Hope” and “Change” came and went. Two terms of a president who was supposed to look out for Black Americans came and went.
Then, in 2016, along came a straight shooting New York businessman called Donald Trump.
He asked us, “What do you have to lose?”
For that, I and other great Americans — including Dr. Alveda King, Terrence K. Williams, Stacy Washington, David Harris, Jr., Pastor Darrell Scott, Deneen Borrelli, Paris Dennard, and Diamond and Silk — were called “Uncle Toms.”
CNN’s Keith Boykin called Dr. Alveda King, the daughter of A.D. King — Dr. King’s brother — an “Uncle Tom.” Dr. Alveda King, who survived the bombing of her home as a child and was jailed as a youth activist for protesting for fair housing, was attacked by a CNN contributor for meeting with the President of the United States.
And he has yet to apologize. He — and everyone who has called me an “Uncle Tom” in the past — cannot say they have done more than I have to aid underserved black communities.
Just like black-on-black crime in our inner cities, this is yet another example of Democrats and the media turning a blind eye.
We will continue fighting for the oppressed, the poor, and the forgotten.
I wonder how many of those who have smeared us over the last week can say the same.