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  posted on 6/17/2020 at 01:44 PM
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/aunt-jemima-brand-will-change-name-rem ove-image-quaker-says-n1231260

 

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  posted on 6/17/2020 at 02:45 PM
I'm having one of those Mandela effect moments ... I thought they announced that they were changing the name to "MRS. Jemima" several years ago? Way past time!

 

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  posted on 6/17/2020 at 03:00 PM
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I'm having one of those Mandela effect moments ... I thought they announced that they were changing the name to "MRS. Jemima" several years ago? Way past time!

I thought so, too. I thought the name & packaging were redesigned at least a decade ago. Even if management doesn't get the effect of the imagery, how can they think this sort of Jim Crow era brand promotes their product? It's just bad business if nothing else.

 

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  posted on 6/17/2020 at 03:58 PM
I'm constantly surprised how upset people get over this. Why? Were they upset when Federal Express changed their name to FedEx? Land O Lakes Butter removed the Native American maiden from their packaging for several weeks before anyone noticed, and then people got upset when it was pointed out. Did it really effect their life?
 

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  posted on 6/17/2020 at 04:07 PM
They have changed Aunt Jemima considerably over the years, but it was still born out of a minstrel song. It was probably going to happen sooner or later, but considering the climate, but when products are owned by a major corporation, why would they risk being anywhere near the conversation?

Naturally, The Onion beat them to it.

https://www.theonion.com/quaker-oats-replaces-historically-racist-aunt-jemi ma-ma-1844015205?utm_campaign=TheOnion&utm_content=1591985821&utm_m edium=SocialMarketing&utm_source=twitter

 

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  posted on 6/17/2020 at 04:13 PM
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Naturally, The Onion beat them to it.


Is this a spoof? The point is to get rid of ALL women, particularly black women, out of the kitchen. Gee, didn't that happen in the 1960s?

 

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Naturally, The Onion beat them to it.

Is this a spoof? The point is to get rid of ALL women, particularly black women, out of the kitchen. Gee, didn't that happen in the 1960s?

The Onion is satire, yes.

 

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  posted on 6/17/2020 at 04:28 PM
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The Onion is satire, yes.


Thought so, but wanted to make sure. No company could be that dumb...

 

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  posted on 6/17/2020 at 06:59 PM
Where is the racism with Aunt Jemima? To me it just looks like a southern woman who is a great cook. That pancake mix is the best. So is Uncle Ben's rice.

They started this b.s. with Mia, the Indian lady on Land of Lakes Margarine. Traditionally women are the cooks in the family.

What's next is someone going to say Captain Crunch promotes terrorist pirates? This stuff has to stop.

It's just silly, reading into things.

 

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Where is the racism with Aunt Jemima? To me it just looks like a southern woman who is a great cook.

I'm surprised you missed that Jim Crow era invention of the Black Mammy stereotype. Taken from the late 19th century into the 1950s the fat, dark-skinned woman (who wasn't a slim, light-skinned temptation to the man of the house) merely moved from being a house slave into a domestic low-wage worker good for cooking & cleaning. The 1st Aunt Jemimah pancake mix was developed in the late 1890s & the ads used drawings of a former slave Nancy Green who also made appearances at expositions on behalf of the company. She wasn't paid. She was exploited. Her likeness was also on recipe books, mugs, cookie jars, and other collectibles for which she received no compensation. After her death in the 1920s, the company updated her look to be more modern but still subservient to her white employer in the kitchen. By the 1980s, both Whoopi Goldberg & Oprah started buying the collectibles - which decorate many southern kitchens in the present - to keep them out of circulation as well as to remind themselves & their audiences that black women had a long way to go to break out of non-domestic careers.

 

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  posted on 6/17/2020 at 07:37 PM
I guess I won't buy Aunt Jemima anymore.

 

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  posted on 6/17/2020 at 07:41 PM
I was not born till the late 50's. The first thing I knew about was the Beatles coming to Shea Stadium and I wanted to go but was told I was too young. I really did not hear anything about black people till MLK Jr. was shot.

 

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  posted on 6/17/2020 at 11:55 PM
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I guess I won't buy Aunt Jemima anymore.


Why? Was the name and picture the only reason you bought it before?

Or are you just offended that they decided to be less racist?

Those are the only two reasons I can think of why you would stop buying a product because of a name change.

 

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  posted on 6/18/2020 at 08:42 AM
I heard a guy on NPR yesterday saying that the marketing of Aunt Jemima (as a smiling domestic servant) in the early 1900s was appealing to the idea that a black person was happiest while satisfying the needs of white people. Marketing professionals have always known what their audience wants to hear. Think of the audacity of Camel Cigarettes having "doctors" in their advertising as late as the 1960s.
 

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  posted on 6/18/2020 at 08:50 AM
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This thread was a set up anyway

Lots of threads start this way.

The topic isn't pointless given that companies interested in their bottom line as well as a mission statement to investors are taking a look at their brand image - Land O'Lakes, Uncle Ben's, Aunt Jemima, & Cream of Wheat.

UVA also redesigned its 2-month old redesigned athletic logo after George Floyd's killing when it was pointed out to them that the Cavalier's swords had chained handles representative of the Jefferson-designed chained walls that hid the original black slaves/employees from view. Virginia needs a lot of hand-holding to get them into the 21st century.

Are these big deals in the scheme of things? Not individually, but taken together, it demonstrates some awareness that racism is unacceptable has penetrated corporate minds.

 

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  posted on 6/18/2020 at 11:19 AM
"I'm quaking in my rolled white oats!"
- what I'm gonna start saying when something scares me real bad.

 

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  posted on 6/18/2020 at 06:32 PM
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I heard a guy on NPR yesterday saying that the marketing of Aunt Jemima (as a smiling domestic servant) in the early 1900s was appealing to the idea that a black person was happiest while satisfying the needs of white people. Marketing professionals have always known what their audience wants to hear. Think of the audacity of Camel Cigarettes having "doctors" in their advertising as late as the 1960s.


Why are most of the fast food restaurants staffed by blacks and Latinas?

Because we still have a paradigm of them serving everyone else. Will they get offended when I want extra syrup for my French toast sticks or pancakes since we have this whole Aunt Jemimah thing going on?

 

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I heard a guy on NPR yesterday saying that the marketing of Aunt Jemima (as a smiling domestic servant) in the early 1900s was appealing to the idea that a black person was happiest while satisfying the needs of white people. Marketing professionals have always known what their audience wants to hear. Think of the audacity of Camel Cigarettes having "doctors" in their advertising as late as the 1960s.


Why are most of the fast food restaurants staffed by blacks and Latinas?

Because we still have a paradigm of them serving everyone else. Will they get offended when I want extra syrup for my French toast sticks or pancakes since we have this whole Aunt Jemimah thing going on?




Fast food restaurants employ whoever they can get for the least amount of money. Apparently in your area that appears to be blacks and Latinas (not necessarily the case where I live). I doubt they care about the extra syrup you may use unless you ask for it in a rude or condescending way. Pretty sure most of them didn't dream of the day they would serve you your fast food. If they could find a better job, then they would.

 

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  posted on 6/23/2020 at 08:07 PM
Now they are also going to change Eskimo Pies logo.

People just need to chill out.

 

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  posted on 6/23/2020 at 11:01 PM
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^ Yeah it is like losing an old friend, now the cute lil Eskimo Pie Eskimo is banished to Racist Brand Heaven to join all our old long lost pals like The Frito Bandito, Chief Big Wheel, Uncle Ben, to gather round a big table at Sambo's and eat pancakes served up by Aunt Jemima and tell stories about the good old days of white superiority.


So, just like jokes are we now to assume that whenever there is no mention towards one's racial makeup that the people in question are white?

 

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  posted on 6/24/2020 at 06:58 AM
Cracker Jack Changes Name To More Politically Correct Caucasian Jack


https://babylonbee.com/news/cracker-jacks-changes-name-to-more-politically- correct-caucasian-jacks

PLANO, TXWhen ballparks finally open again, those standing for the traditional seventh-inning stretch will be singing some different lyrics to "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

After over 100 years of selling its caramel popcorn snack under the name Cracker Jack, Frito-Lay announced today that it would be rebranded as the less offensive "Caucasian Jack."

"We are very sorry to all the crack---er, I mean, Caucasians we have hurt over the years," said a spokesperson. "Cracker is an offensive stereotype, and we must make sure that all foods and snack products are culturally sensitive. Think about all the white people who have had to suffer in silence as tens of thousands of baseball fans sang out the hurtful lyrics 'Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks.'"

"No more. The bigotry stops today."

The move was applauded by hurt white people, though they are still criticizing Frito-Lay for how pale and pasty-white the Cracker Jack guy is on the logo.

 

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  posted on 6/24/2020 at 07:57 AM
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Let's see . . . how about TRAILER brand trash bags? For those really tough jobs like cleaning up a city overrun by liberal sewer rats? Available in 3 colors: Maga Red, Stars and Stripes, or Supreme (white).

Logo is a cute lil Elmer Fudd in a red hat saying
"Trailer trash bags - Make America Clean Again"


Hungry Jack Complete ... just sounds better than Simple Jack.

 

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  posted on 6/24/2020 at 06:02 PM
Now it is reported the family of the woman who inspired the Aunt J brand and lable don't want it it go away. They like it. It and Uncle B's rice are top sellers so it's a testament to the manufacturers to just drop these brands.

Why has the Richard Russell Senate office building in Washington escaped scrutiny? Russell was a Democrat from Georgia and like all southern Democrats in the early to mid 20th century was as racist as they come. Good friend of Lyndon Johnson but bought hard to maintain segregation and to block the 1964 civil rights law.

 

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  posted on 6/24/2020 at 08:14 PM
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If I only had a dollar for every time this Republican/Southern Democrat thing has been brought up


I know, right?....That damned past history rearing its ugly head again. Too bad all history can't be erased as easily as the simple removal of a statue...

 

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  posted on 6/24/2020 at 08:35 PM
Our governor here in RI signed an executive order today removing "...and Providence Plantations" from our official state name. I've never heard anyone use the entire name before but I guess it had to be done. Maybe someone will find some dirt on Roger Williams, the state's founder, who was fleeing England due to religious persecution (1636?), and we'll tear down all sorts of things...Roger Williams Park, Roger Williams Baptist Church, Roger Williams University...the list goes on. That'd be cool. It wouldn't change history but it's one way to get yer yaya's out.

[Edited on 6/25/2020 by piacere]

 
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