"Uncle Tom" is a name given to blacks (often considered leaders) who catered to the will of whites and the status quo. He or she could have been a newspaper editor, school principal, college president, politician, grocer, preacher, teacher, or farmer. Whatever the social standing, an "Uncle Tom's" main objective was to placate whites in the hopes of getting some personal reward for services rendered. Certainly not all the people who occupied these positions acted as Toms. These individuals could be counted on to carry out spy missions for the White Citizens Councils, deny activists the use of services, property, or equipment vital to the movement's success, or to simply sabotage a particular project. Most "Uncle Toms" had a well-established history of working closely with local white leaders prior to the movement, so they were not at all difficult to find when the need arose. These individuals, because of either fear or greed, or a combination of both, helped segregationists thwart the freedom movement at every level. It is certain that had it not been for "Uncle Toms" consistently "selling out" their people and the freedom struggle, the civil rights movement would have enjoyed many more successes.