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Uncle Tom in the 21st Century

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So is the Tageszeitung's "Uncle Barack's Cabin" headline today stupidly racist, or just racist? "Uncle Tom" has been an insult for, what, a century and a half now?

Spiegel Online International: German Newspaper Slammed for Racist Cover
Davos Newbies: Tin Ears
Davids Medienkritik: Die Tageszeitung: "Uncle Barack's Cabin"

Update: An opposing view (in German) from Markus Tripp (who I follow on Twitter), who links to the discussion at tazblog, the newspaper's own blog.

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