Ralph Nader did not call Barack Obama an “Uncle Tom.” He said that Obama has a choice of whether or not he wants to be one for the corporations who really control Washington.
The difference is subtle, but it is everything.
The underlying point Nader was trying to make has nothing to do with race. It has to do with whether or not the man who was just elected to be our president will actually have the cojones to stand up to corporate power on behalf of the people who gave him his new job.
Also: All those who think Ralph Nader is just some cranky old egomaniac who does nothing but run for president and write books really need to get a better grip on history.
He has done far more for the people of this country in his public life than most of the people of this country realize.