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Aunt Jemima Cancelled, Replaced With “Pearl Milling Company”

The Aunt Jemima brand of pancake mix and syrup, known for the image of an older black woman on its packaging, has been cancelled (discontinued) by PepsiCo. This is a result of outrage in the summer of 2020 over the “stereotypical” look of Aunt Jemima. The brand will now be known as “Pearl Milling Company” after the original company that created the first self-rising pancake mix that later became Aunt Jemima’s. Although the name “Aunt Jemima” will no longer represent the brand, the colors and design of the packaging will remain the same.

Aunt Jemima has had several redesigns since 1889 when it first debuted, over 130 years ago. The original purpose was to have the stereotypical “mammy” image portrayed on the product. A black woman by the name of Nancy Green was named the first corporate model for “Aunt Jemima” and she was given a lifetime contract, of which she served over 20 years. Several other black women were cast as the corporate model of Aunt Jemima over the years before that practice was ultimately ended.

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Every few years there would be controversy surrounding the origin and depiction of Aunt Jemima, usually right around the time when there would be one of the aforementioned redesigns. Although the most recent image of Aunt Jemima is perfectly fine by many save for a few outrage artists on Twitter, the origin of the name was still a point of contention for a few more people. “Aunt” or “Auntie” is what black female servants were referred to in white households (black households as well but that doesn’t quite fit the woke narrative.) The name “Jemima” originally came from a minstrel song written by a black man named Billy Kersands.

Rather than continuously deal with problems from the outrage mobs over the “Aunt Jemima” brand, PepsiCo decided to officially end the brand altogether. The same fate may await “Uncle Ben’s Rice”. The company behind Uncle Ben’s has already signalled that their name will change to Ben’s Original. The famous picture of an older black man in a bowtie on the Uncle Ben’s box may have to go. Same thing with “Cream of Wheat” and so on. In a world where “inclusion” and “diversity” are so championed, iconic black imagery seems to be first on the chopping block of “offensive” things to remove. What a backwards world.

SOURCES:

Aunt Jemima breakfast brand renamed Pearl Milling Company

Family of woman who portrayed Aunt Jemima opposes move to rebrand

Cream of Wheat to Drop Black Chef From Packaging, Company Says – The New York Times

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Saddened and discouraged to hear about Aunt Jamima. I think it is getting ridiculous. These “wok” people should really wake up and fight against human trafficking and the slaves still suffering in the Sudan. Yes it is 2021 and there are still atrocities happening in this world. We take our freedoms for granted and have become too complacent. Your fragile, sensitive feelings are hurt ? What about people whose bodies are hurting and hungry. Grow up wokies. Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox now.
    I really liked Aunt Jamima !

  2. Thank you for this opportunity to express myself about this this company and its products. Back in my early you in the 1950s my mother served pancakes and I think, cream of wheat from Aunt Jemaima. The lady on the box was a lady on the box & her name was Jemaima. In my parents home, we had respect for fellow HUMAN BEINGS. There were no blacks and no white, we were all human beings. I, as much as two or three years ago, when I lived in the States would still use her products, and happily so, because they tasted good. It tells me a great deal about the States when we judge people on periphals and not on character & not on what they have done, but on our emotions and feelings. It says a great deal about the new U.S.A. when we judge a people, and their choice of a product because of a picture and the picture on the product based on our emotions and not on the quality of the product. The real racists and bigots come out and show themselves here. God bless Aunt Jemaima!!!!!!!

  3. “The name ‘Jemima’ originally came from a minstrel song written by a black man named Billy

    Jemima is a biblical name. It was the name of one of Job’s daughters (see Job 42:14).

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