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Family of Woman Who Portrayed Aunt Jemima Does Not Want the Brand to Change

Family of Woman Who Portrayed Aunt Jemima Does Not Want the Brand to Change

“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.”

The family of the woman who portrayed Aunt Jemima has asked Quaker Oats to reconsider changing the brand in response to the rage after George Floyd’s death.

Lillian Richard portrayed Aunt Jemima for years.

Family historian Vera Harris cannot believe the company is about to erase an important part of her family history and a part of black history:

“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 said.

Lillian Richard became a goodwill ambassador for Quaker Oats, and for decades, portrayed Aunt Jemima all over Texas.

“She made an honest living out of it for a number of years. She toured around Texas,” Harris said.

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

And the family is proud of what she did.

“She was considered a hero in Hawkins, and we are proud of that. We do not want that history erased,” Harris said.

Harris said the family is also tired of the activism:

“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 said.

Lillian Richard died in 1956 after working 23 years for the Quaker Oats company.

Harris said she and the Richards family are also against the renaming of military bases because many of their relatives are veterans.

Cancel Culture exploded after Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben’s, Cream of Wheat, and Eskimo Pies will all be different. We’ve seen statues destroyed and removed.

This is never going to end, is it?


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healthguyfsu | June 22, 2020 at 5:07 pm

Upstanding people that want to build and grow rather than destroy. Here comes the left to completely ignore and steamroll over this individual for some warped and self-serving sense of the “feels” of a community.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to healthguyfsu. | June 22, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Can’t help but wonder if that Communist firm was motivated by this…..

    On August 5, 2014, descendants of Anna Short Harrington filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against defendants Quaker Oats and PepsiCo for $2 billion. The suit, which also named as defendants Pinnacle Foods and its former suitor Hillshire Brands, accused the companies of failing to pay Harrington and her heirs an “equitable fair share of royalties” from the pancake mix and syrup brand that uses her likeness and recipes.


The company didn’t decide to make changes because they cared about history or black people or about right and wrong. They did it because they’re terrified of the mob. This statement does nothing to make them less afraid, therefore, they will continue with the original plan.

It will end when it is recognized as a liability.

The Vocal Minority – be it BLM, The Cancel Culture, whomever – has corporate American and most politicians and a fair amount of our country quaking in their boots. I don’t see this ending until someone (or a lot of someones) get hurt. All because people are being conditioned to not speak up. History shows this was how the Jews were brought to the slaughterhouses in Germany and Poland 80 year ago.

    alohahola in reply to WestRock. | June 22, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    What about it hurting the bottom line?

    I have already “cancelled” my consumer relationship with many of the companies who emailed me about “What We’re Doing to . . . .”

    Can enough consumers have the necessary effect?

    Can enough former NFL fans cancel their subscriptions or not purchase tickets?

      JusticeDelivered in reply to alohahola. | June 22, 2020 at 8:24 pm

      I haven’t watched any sports since the knee BS.

      By the way, I just heard that a doctors office was taking blacks in ahead of whites waiting, regardless of appointment times. I would broom a doctor instantly over this.

JackinSilverSpring | June 22, 2020 at 5:38 pm

How about canceling the DemoncRat party? It is the part of slavery and segregation.

My kids love the old Tom and Jerry cartoons, and as such we purchased the “Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection” DVD set, with a special intro by Whoopie Goldberg.

Watch the intro:

No, really. Watch it.

In it, she addresses the inclusion of the character “Mamy Two-Shoes”, a highly-caricatured black woman voiced by black actress Lillian Randolph.

This character would not be allowed today, and probably wouldn’t have been allowed into the collection, except that the studio decided (wisely, IMHO) that removing Mamy Two-Shoes from Tom and Jerry history would be equivalent to declaring that the character — and that body of wonderful acting work by a very talented and successful black actress — never existed.

The current hullabaloo about Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben, the Cream of Wheat chef, and all the other food companies’ logos is the same. It just removes the recorded history of successful black people earning an honest living.

How do you honor the black community and history by removing some of its most successful and talented individuals? What do young members of that community have to strive for if their most successful icons effectively no longer exist?

(As a larger question, what does this say about the rabid Left that it would choose to “memory hole” historical figures that don’t fit The Narrative [TM] of “blacks can’t succeed in racist America”? 1984 is not an instruction manual, people!)

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Archer. | June 22, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    You may already know then that for the release of the Mr. Magoo cartoons on DVD, the Hollywood Molesters did a white male voice over for Charlie – Mr. Magoo’s man servant.

    Charlie’s depiction as an Asian was orginally voiced by Benny Rubin.

    That makes that Double Racism.

      IIRC, Jerry Lewis played the Asian landlord in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, back when there was still cultural distrust of Asians and very few Asian actors. Hollywood casting white men to play Asians is not new.

      For some reason, it’s less offensive to have worn “yellowface” than if you were exposed in blackface. I don’t understand why.

      Not that that makes either okay.

      But it’s interesting how Benny Rubin’s work on Mr. Magoo is so easily and casually dismissed and replaced. Maybe because he’s a white male instead of a black female, and so he can “afford” to have portions of his life’s work deleted?

    4fun in reply to Archer. | June 22, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    List all those brands on your facebook (if you have one or haven’t been banned) and state that all of those people were removed because of the color of their skin.
    Let us know the responses. Should be interesting.

The Left will accuse of family of being Aunt Jemimas… wait.. they would be proud of that.

    legacyrepublican in reply to alaskabob. | June 22, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    No, but you are so close to the truth of it all.

    Remember, Uncle Tom was really the good guy. Harriet Beecher Stowe wanted to show the black man as a decent human being, worthy of God’s love and concern, and most of all worth being freed.

    Uncle Tom was never meant to be used as a derogatory accusation that would enforce conformity to Democratic masters to hold Blacks in slavery to one party.

      Right. “Uncle Tom”, the derogatory term, refers to a black man who is overly subservient to white people. Also known as an “Oreo” — black on the outside, white on the inside.

      The real Uncle Tom actually stood up to his white masters and defied orders he believed were unjust or cruel. He was an honorable man who followed his faith, helped people who needed it, and protected those more vulnerable than himself, up unto death.

      So of course the Left and the race-baiters (but I repeat myself) have to destroy Stowe’s legacy for that character. Positive black role models destroy The Narrative [TM]; they can’t be allowed to survive.

      alaskabob in reply to legacyrepublican. | June 22, 2020 at 8:21 pm

      Clarified… the family is proud of their history… which the Left wished didn’t ruin their narrative. So much of the narrative is opposite reality or outright fabrication. Trayvon, Brown, Gray…have to wait for Minneapolis and Atlanta.

      Anyone not “down for the struggle” is a traitor. Thurgood Marshall wanted centuries of disproportionate Affirmative Action.

Dear Vera Harris,

Thank you for speaking out.

I agree with you, I wish all would take a deep breath.

Removing everything honors nothing.

We do not want that history erased

Sorry, but this is not about you and has never been.
And yes, they DO want your history erased. That’s the whole point of what they are doing.

    DB523 in reply to Exiliado. | June 23, 2020 at 11:42 am


    I must disagree, it is precisely about the “you”.

    The “you” on web site such as this,
    belief in Law, be it moral or secular.

    And the “you” that believes in the individual,
    an individual that has value.

    The full totalitarian does want everything “erased”

    As I said, removing everything… Honors Nothing.

      Exiliado in reply to DB523. | June 24, 2020 at 8:02 pm

      I understand what you say, and agree with you.
      But I was trying to make a more direct point, specific to this lady, her family, the Black community at the most. The left is claiming to be doing all this “for them” but we know that’s not true.

If they chose a transvestite to be on the box, and she called herself “Uncle Jamima” – they’d be ok with that.

(Have they called michelle obama?)

On a related note: Sean King wants to cancel “white Jesus”.

This might actually get somewhere, since the Left has always favored terminating Christianity (preferably with extreme prejudice). I’ll bet that some “Christian” denominations will go along and smash the statues themselves.

    We could publish books about why Jesus is portrayed in European art as much paler than he likely was in real life. The most plausible explanation is that lacking any prior depictions, artists tend to envision important people looking more like themselves. This is a normal human phenomenon.

    Besides which, who’s to say the stained glass faces weren’t darker when the glass installed? Or are we now to call the sun racist because its light tends to bleach everything over time?

    Even if the faces were originally whiter in glass than life, in addition to the tendency to “make it look like me” mentioned above, I would be willing to grant artistic license on account the panes were shaded to provide detail in the faces, and more contrast — dark on white instead of dark on neutral — makes it easier to see that detail.

    Also, white is simply the natural color of most of the marble used for statues. And as used in art and Scripture it is a common metaphorical representation of purity.

    When Isaiah 1:18 speaks of sin as red as crimson being made white as snow, the prophet is not saying Native Americans (the “red man”) are sinful and will be made into Caucasians. But now that I think about it, even though this last bit is offered completely tongue-in-cheek, all the hullabaloo about “white Jesus” isn’t that far off.

    It’s the natural progression of non-believers missing the message (the spiritual cleansing of sin), reading a metaphor as if it’s intended to be interpreted literally (“red bad, white good” instead of “sin bad, cleansing good”), applying their personal biases to that literal interpretation (“red” must refer to Native Americans, “white” must mean Caucasians), and then using their flawed reasoning as a straw-man argument to attack and ridicule believers.

Babylon Bee: “Activists Fight Racism By Driving All People Of Color Out Of Pop Culture”

This might of meant something except her great grandson thought he could slander whites like it was simply just OK.
FU, you racist grifter. Now I am glad she is gone.
Get your own job. Make your own million.
Racist parasite.

And it’s the self loathing pathetic elitist white people who oppose Uncle Ben, Aunt Jemima etc., not the blacks.