'Aunt Jemima' Was A Real Person (And A Former Slave)

In light of the George Floyd-inspired protests and cultural awakening, Quaker Oats announced they will be retiring Aunt Jemima due to the brand's racial stereotype. Learn more about the woman whose face we all know and the company's racist history below.

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THE RACIST HISTORY OF AUNT JEMIMA Aunt Jemima Aunt Jemima is a popular brand of self- rising pancake mix owned by the Quaker Oats Company (a subsidiar

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TWO UNNOTABLE WHITE DUDES MADE READY-MADE PANCAKE FLOUR MIX AND NAMED IT 'AUNT JEMIMA A CHARACTERISTIC WING DANCE TWO STEP FENE AFTER A EMIMAS DDINGSource

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THE MAKERS OF THE PRODUCT WANTED TO HIRE AN ACTOR TO FILL THEIR MAMMY CHARACTER. The mammy is a deeply racist plantation myth of a matronly Black woSource

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THAT'S WHERE NANCY GREEN COMES IN. Green was born into slavery in Kentucky in 1834. After emancipation, she moved to Chicago and worked as a domestic Source

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GREEN DEBUTED F FI TO MUCH FANFARE AS AUNT JEMIMA AT THE 1893 WORLD'S FAIR IN CHICAGO. She served pancakes and told stories to the delight of the crowSource

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AUNT IN 1914, THE TENDOMAS COMPANY WAS BRAND RENAMED THE AUNT JEMIMA MILLS COMPANY PANCAKE REG. PAT. FIQUR DUE TO AKE GREEN'S SELF-RISING MIXTURE WHSource

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GREEN WAS ONE OF THE FIRST AMERICAN MISSIONARY WORKERS AND USED HER FAME TO ADVOCATE FOR ANTIPOVERTY PROGRAMS AND EQUAL RIGHTS IN CHICAGO. Green died Source

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After Green's death, OATME Quaker Oats bought HELPS REN The Aunt Jemima Mills CHOLESTE Company in 1926. The company hired multiple actors to play the Source

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QUAKER OATS REBRANDED AUNT JEMIMA'S IMAGE IN 1989 AFTER ACTIVIST OUTCRY OVER THE RACIST DEPICTION OF A MAMMY CHARACTER. delicious for too! supper AUNTSource

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