It looks like the Aunt Jemima brand will be removed from the Quaker Oats pancake boxes and syrup, as first reported by NBC News.
Aunt Jemima brand and logo is more than 130-year-old and based on a real woman Nancy Green, who was born into slavery. On the company’s website it stated that Green was a “storyteller, cook and missionary worker.”
“As we work to make progress toward racial equality through several initiatives, we also must take a hard look at our portfolio of brands and ensure they reflect our values and meet our consumers’ expectations,” the company told NBC.
Even though Aunt Jemima’s appearance has changed multiple times since Green, the brands logo was originally based on racist depiction of slavery.
There have been lots of opinions on what the removal means culturally. I’ve put some of those tweets here below and wonder what readers are thinking about the changes happening in our nation.
There’s a book written about this called “Slave in a Box: The Strange Career of Aunt Jemima”
The Mammy stereotype was often the most “acceptable” way white people interacted with black people. They trusted BW to fix & take care of everything. Thus Jemima worked to sell a product
— KAYA NOVA (@thekayanova) June 17, 2020
This woman got Quaker to nuke its Aunt Jemima brand. All it took was a single TikTok video for a multi-billion dollar company (PepsiCo) to erase one of its most well known products.
Tell me how TikTok and Twitter aren’t inordinately powerful. https://t.co/HApQvFUw8y
— Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com (@stillgray) June 17, 2020
Aunt Jemima brand to change name, remove image
Wait, so now it’s racist to have a black woman represent a product beloved and used by tens of millions of people?
I’m so confused at this point. https://t.co/gJejEZRdGZ
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) June 17, 2020
For more on this story go to NBC News.
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