Der Spiegel shpritzed the photo, headline, and fuss around the globe, and the next day, the Taz ran a point/counterpoint from two staffers on this question: “Is ‘Uncle Barack’s Cabin’ racist?” As the lefty daily noted in its intro to this debate of sorts:
Dominic Johnson says “yes,” aptly giving a little history of what “Uncle Tom” has come to mean and concluding, in part:
“Uncle Barack” is then the equivalent of the neo-conservative slogan “Obama=Osama”, meaning Bin Laden and referring to Barack Obama’s time in Muslim Indonesia and his second name Hussein. “Hussein’s Cave” might have been an apt headline from this angle. Oh, you can’t do that? How interesting. It requires remarkable brainlessness to think of “Uncle Tom” first when looking at the success of a black politician in the United States.
Immediately following is Bernd Pickert‘s “no,” which concludes:
After all: What was all the trouble about his former pastor Jeremiah Wright about? The headline combined with the majestic picture of the White House are our way to express that Uncle Tom’s cabin belongs to the past — in the time of uncle Barack everything is different. It is a pity that this could be misunderstood.