The family of a woman who portrayed food spokesperson Aunt Jemima for 23 years is furious that Quaker Oats is dropping the character and erasing their loved one’s legacy.
The family of Lillian Richard spoke out this week after Quaker Oats announced last week that they were eliminating the more than 100-year-old character from its packaging
Lillian Richard portrayed Aunt Jemima for 23 years starting in 1925, and now Vera Harris, Richard’s second cousin, is shocked that the character is being eliminated.
There is even a public marker in Richard’s hometown of Fouke, Texas, that celebrates her role in marketing history. But, now that role will be utterly forgotten as Quaker Oats ditches the character to satisfy Black Lives Matter terrorists.
“A lot of people want it removed. We want the world to know that our cousin Lillian was one of the Aunt Jemima’s and she made an honest living. We would ask that you reconsider just wiping all that away. There wasn’t a lot of jobs, especially for black women back in that time. She was discovered by Quaker Oats to be their brand person,” Harris told KLTV News.
“She was considered a hero in Hawkins, and we are proud of that. We do not want that history erased,” Harris continued.
Harris also said her family feels that all this crazy activism has gone too far.
“I wish we would take a breath and not just get rid of everything. because good or bad, it is our history. Removing that wipes away a part of me. A part of each of us. We are proud of our cousin,” Harris concluded.
Other black woman also made a mark in the world portraying the character, going all the way back to the first one.
The company announced last Wednesday that it would be cancelling the legacy of former slave and early civil rights activist Nancy Green, who served as the spokesperson for the Aunt Jemima maple syrup that so famously bears her image.
Per CNN Business:
Aunt Jemima’s appearance has evolved over time. The brand’s origin and logo is based off the song “Old Aunt Jemima” from a minstrel show performer and reportedly sung by slaves. The company’s website said the logo started in 1890 and was based on Nancy Green, a “storyteller, cook and missionary worker.” However, the website fails to mention Green was born into slavery.
Naturally, the company is preparing to uselessly throw money at Black Lives Matter “charities” in the wake of their announcement to dump Nancy Green’s memory.
Aunt Jemima brand will donate $5 million over the next five years “create meaningful, ongoing support and engagement in the Black community.” Earlier this week, Pepsi announced a $400 million set of initiatives to support the black community.
Quaker Oats was bought out in 2001 and is now owned by PepsiCo.
Here is a little bio on Nancy Green:
Green was born into slavery on November 17, 1834, near Mount Sterling in Montgomery County, Kentucky. She was hired in 1890 by the R.T. Davis Milling Company in St. Joseph, Missouri, to represent “Aunt Jemima.”
Green was one of the organizers of the Olivet Baptist Church. Her career allowed Green the financial freedom to become an activist and engage in antipoverty programs. She was one of the first black missionary workers. She used her stature as a spokesperson to become a leading advocate against poverty and in favor of equal rights for individuals in Chicago.
This is the woman that PepsiCo wants relegated to the ashheap of history.
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