Why is 'Uncle Tim' trending on Twitter?

TWITTER has been erupting with the ‘Uncle Tim’ racial slur against Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina.

Users began trending the slur after President Joe Biden’s address to Congress on April 28, 2021.

Why is 'Uncle Tim' trending on Twitter?

“Uncle Tim” has been trending on Twitter after Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C, who is black, claimed that the US "is not a racist country."

The name “Uncle Tim” is a play on the derogatory phrase for blacks “considered to be excessively obedient or servile to white people,” according to the official dictionary definition.

Scott mostly attributed the comments to liberals, while conservatives questioned why the slur was even allowed to be said on Twitter.

What did people say to Tim Scott?

Users poked fun at Scott and his political views, with one writing: “Uncle Tom… sorry, Uncle Tim is a very confused black man. America is not a racist society.

“I have experienced the pain of discrimination. Worse, he is from SC… yet to release #AndrewBrown’s execution tapes. #PresidentialAddress #JointAddress  #BidenAddress.”

Another user tweeted: “Twitter got me rolling with these Uncle Tim tweets. I hope y'all roast Tim Scott's a** all week,” followed by laughing emojis.

One replied: “he brought it on himself.”

However, conservatives and Republicans defended Scott from the comments, with one writing: “Twitter is still out here going out of its way to make racist attacks against GOP Sen. Tim Scott go viral. 

“Apparently they want him to suffer for the crime of upstaging Biden via a highly effective speech. Disgusting.”

Another added: “This is evidence of how much the left FEAR the TRUTH that @votetimscott spoke with conviction and energy!”

What did Tim Scott say about Joe Biden?

Scott suggested in his remarks on Wednesday night that Democrats are wielding race as a "political weapon."

“America is not a racist country,” Scott said. "…race is not a political weapon to settle every issue the way one side wants.”

Scott spoke at length about race, even detailing racism he's personally experienced growing up as a black man in the South – from being unfairly discriminated against by police and facing racial slurs from liberals.

But he made the argument that it's just as racist to teach white children that they're an "oppressor", and called for children to stop being taught that the color of their skin defines them.

"If they look a certain way, they're an oppressor,' he said. "From colleges to corporations to our culture, people are making money and gaining power by pretending we haven’t made any progress.

"It's backwards to fight discrimination with different discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present," he added.   

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