Renaming of Subway Station Onkel-Toms-Hütte and Onkel-Tom-Straße

Renaming of Subway Station Onkel-Toms-Hütte and Onkel-Tom-Straße

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It has long been time to rename the subway station Onkel-Toms-Hütte and Onkel-Tom-Straße, in the Berlin district of Steglitz-Zehlendorf.

I am aware that the term "Onkel-Toms-Hütte" comes from the book of the same name "Uncle Tom's Cabin", written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. However, the book is widely regarded as condescending and offensive.

The book gave rise to the term Uncle Tom, which is highly offensive in the African American and Black community. An Uncle Tom was a slave who deliberately dehumanized himself in order not to be perceived as a threat in front of his slave owner. He deliberately evaded his human dignity.

An Uncle Tom was also a slave who did everything to be treated better by his slave owner and was hated by the other slaves.

Nowadays the term is used for African Americans or Black people who stand against their own to the benefit of others, mainly White People. Simply put an Uncle Tom is a "sell-out" or "coon".

The street Onkel-Toms-Straße and the subway station Onkel-Toms-Hütte are as offensive as Mohrenstraße.

I hereby call upon, Sigrid Evelyn Nikutta, CEO of the BVG and Berlin Major Michael Müller to rename the subway Station Onkel-Toms-Hütte and Onkel-Tom-Straße!