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By SILVIO CANTO, JR.

As you have probably heard, Quaker Oats has decided that white liberals just couldn’t take all of that white privilege and systematic racism anymore on their pancakes.

Consequently, after 1889 years of service, the company has relegated Poor Old Aunt Jemima – along with Uncle Ben — to the politically incorrect backwaters of commercial extinction.

But did anyone at Quaker Oats actually ask any African Americans about their decision to abolish the pancake queen?

Well, as it turns out., Aunt Jemima’s family is not at all pleased with the move.  This is from an ABC news report: “Living in Forney, Texas, Vera Harris is the family historian for the Richard family of Hawkins, and could hardly believe that a big part of their family legacy, the Aunt Jemima brand, was about to be erased from supermarket shelves.”

“A lot of people want it removed,” Harris said in the report.

“We want the world to know that our cousin Lillian was one of the Aunt Jemimas and she made an honest living. We would ask that you reconsider just wiping all that away. There weren’t a lot of jobs, especially for black women, back in that time. She was discovered by Quaker Oats to be their brand person.”

Lillian Richard went on to become a goodwill ambassador for Quaker Oats, and for decades, portrayed Aunt Jemima all over Texas, the report said.

In the Fouke community, just outside Hawkins, there is a historic marker dedicated to Richard, who is recognized as one of several women who portrayed Aunt Jemima.

Making an honest living?

I wonder how many of those “white liberals” destroying statues of Catholic saints and abolitionists have a clue of what that means.

By the way, the story points out the family does not want military bases renamed because many of their relatives are veterans.

Am I the only one who thinks that there is a silent black majority out there that is sick and tired of white liberals canceling everything and assuming that they know what blacks think?

Silvio Canto, Jr. is a Cuban-born U.S. citizen who teaches English at a north Texas college. He is the author of the book “Cubanos in Wisconsin” and has a daily online radio program and blog dealing with U.S. and Latin American politics, as well as sports and historic events, and is a regular contributor to American Thinker.

…June 24, 2020

 

2 Comments

  1. Univ of Chicago magazine just published article on the two Chicago women who appeared as Aunt Jonás. Might be of interest to author of this article!

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