Race traitor

Race traitor

"Race traitor" is a pejorative reference to a person who is perceived as supporting attitudes or positions thought to be against the interests or well-being of their own race. For example, one or both parties to an interracial relationship may be characterised as "race traitors". The term may indicate racialist attitudes on the part of those who use it.

In "To Kill a Mockingbird", the character of Atticus Finch is seen as a race traitor by many of his fellow white residents, who call him a "nigger lover" for defending a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. More recently, Condoleezza Rice has been described as a race traitor by some African-Americans who consider her conservative political views and actions in the service of the politically conservative Bush administration at odds with the interests of many African-Americans. [cite web |url=http://www.blackcommentator.com/26/26_commentary.html |title=Condoleezza Rice: The Devil's Handmaiden |accessdate=2007-10-21 |date=2003-01-23 |work=The Black Commentator ] [cite book |last=Montgomery |first=Leslie |title=The Faith of Condoleezza Rice |year=2007 |publisher=Crossway Books |location=Wheaton, Illinois |isbn=1-58134-799-5 |pages=p. 15 ]

The term is the source of the name of a quarterly magazine, "Race Traitor", founded in 1992.

ee also

*List of ethnic slurs
*Uncle Tom


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