Most people seem to think of a “Tom” as a sell-out, someone who has benefited from turning their back on the black community or look down at others in our community who are not as fortunate. But for the millions of people out there who are loosely throwing the term our way, a vast majority of them do not actually know who “Tom” is. People forget Tom was/is a noble character, and obviously it’s true that history has not been kind to him. While he appears "happy" to be a slave living on the bottom and thrilled to please his master, the reality could not be further from the truth.You may not like him (or her), but the reality is that Tom wasn’t the bad guy. Being an "Uncle Tom" can be a survival move for some. I think it's insulting to insinuate that we're all crabs in a bucket and that we can only become wealthy/successful by cooperating with "the enemy."
If you have succeeded in spite of life's opposition, more power to you!