Aunt Jemima: PANCAKE LIES MATTER!

Now just hold on a minute! Tubularsock’s White Privilege is being stepped on and there is just no call for it!

Ok. Ripping down Confederate Generals statuary and tossing them into to the dust bin of history is OK with Tubularsock.

But melting down ALL those fucking American Generals and all that statuary with the lowly solider sacrificing to get the fucking imperialist flag to the top of the hill as a symbol of “winning” must be destroyed as well.

Just promoting that shit should be a fraudulent offense with substantial prison time.

And while Tubularsock is at it, lets remove and destroy all that statuary that show all those abolitionists promoting freedom from slavery!

And all those bronze lifeless slaves reaching dramatically for freedom frozen in time does not improve the facts on the ground!

So get busy right now. There is something scary about a society that will spend its money on bronzing the past and not changing it in real time. It is looking and idealizing in the WRONG direction!

Which of course leads us directly to Aunt Jemima.

Aunt Jemima isn’t the old school Aunt Jemima with the “do rag” on her head and a skillet in her hand any more. They (the corporate interests) upgraded Jemima all the way back in 1989! Her label image looks more like Doris Day, a solid white lady!

Get up to date!

Now there is no question that there is a racial stereotype built into Aunt Jemima that carries the idea that Black woman are caretakers and great cooks and great storytellers.

Wow. We all know that those stereotypes are JUST NOT TRUE! Right?

Especially if you spend any time around Black women. They yell at their children, they sit like fat queens on their welfare couches sucking in the government dole, and they argue with their deadbeat husbands constantly. Right? Hmmm.

That may be just a different stereotype which when it comes to any subject, the view always comes from the viewer. And is ALWAYS loaded with the viewer’s beliefs and prejudices. Not very solid in facts as it comes from the eye of the beholder now is it.

But there are some facts that do exist around Aunt Jemima which are fascinating. Some of those facts may have been overlooked. And those facts go like this.

In 1889, Aunt Jemima became a pancake mix spokeswoman for the Peal Milling Company but that Aunt Jemima was based on a minstrel show performance where a white male actor would, dressed as a woman in black face to perform the Aunt Jemima character.

Though popular in Minstrel Shows which at time were horrendously racist this Aunt Jemima rendition didn’t really work as a pancake mix promotional technique.

However after Peal Milling sold to R.T. Davis Milling Company, the new company hired a “real-life former slave” named Nancy Green who for the next 33 years would work as “Aunt Jemima” and would conduct pancake seminars at fairs and travel to towns across America to spread the word about the pancake mix.

Lets ponder that for just a minute. A former BLACK slave was hired for 33 years to act out a part to sell pancake mix.

Employment for 33 years. And a BLACK woman in the 1890’s!

From another point of view, talk about the power of women and feminist freedom rather than “slavery” and this story becomes pretty much a success story.

It is all in the way one wants to views it.

After Quaker Oats bought R.T. Davis Milling Company, which by this time had changed its name to Aunt Jemima Mills Co., there was no real life person “playing” Aunt Jemima for the next decade except for a short time.

Between 1933 to 1935, Anna Robinson played the character for Quaker Oats until she was replaced by Anna Short Harrington.

Anna Short Harrington came from being a sharecropper with her husband and raising five children to being hired by Quaker Oats Co. as the new Aunt Jemima around 1935.

“Chauffeured or flown by jet around the country, Harrington served Aunt Jemima–brand pancake mix at store openings and other public events, living a lifestyle that eluded most blacks and whites. By the time of her death, the former sharecropper owned two homes and lived in an area occupied by the black elite of Syracuse.” (South Carolina Encyclopedia)

Again, a former BLACK sharecropper HIRED for nearly 20 years to act out a part to sell pancake mix.

Employment nearly 20 years. And a BLACK woman in the 1930’s!

It is all in the way you look at Aunt Jemima.

Racial stereotype, or employment opportunity.

In 1989, Quaker Oats updated Aunt Jemima’s look from the “do rag” head gear to a more modern “Doris Day” look.

Using Harrington’s youngest daughter Olivia Hunter as the “new-modern-look” of Aunt Jemima.

And now there is a call to boycott Aunt Jemima products because of the Black Lives Matter movement

position that ahhhh ………. well pretty much a silly waste of energy and direction.

 

Maybe AUNT WHITE BETTY’S pancake mix would be a better name anyway. Even if it would end black female employment!

Guess it is all in the way you look at it!

 

Comments
  1. Batt Guano says:

    Tube:
    The only problem is that for every Aunt Jemima character who bettered herself selling pancakes there are plenty of Aunt Pearl’s or Sister Sapphire’s who raised families all by themselves. Either because their baby’s father was incarcerated in our unequal justice system or the welfare system made it more lucrative for there to be no man in the house. Or the man of the house died an early death at the hands of the police.
    Black women tend to vote almost unanimously Democrat, and they may help elect Joe Biden.I know you hate that, but the alternative,Trump, would have been a great slave holder back in the day.
    Pull up another pancake and let’s eat.

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    • tubularsock says:

      Well Batt, just to set the record straight, Harrington’s husband killed a white landowner then escaped from prison and fled north so she had to raise their five children and work as a sharecropper and housekeeper until she split to the North herself and finally got the Aunt Jemima gig.

      So she still overcame as well as fit into the Black woman experience.

      Hopefully Black women will wake up to the fact that old slave master Joe isn’t worth a fucking vote.

      Cheers.

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  2. Sha'Tara says:

    Good counterpoint here, Tube. Now however I don’t know if eating pancakes makes me a racist or a racist. Time for an Amish Aunt Jemima complete with horse and a buggy full of pancake mix slowly blowing off in the wind. Giddyap!

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  3. Batt Guano says:

    Interesting comment Sha’Tara. But isn’t also the important point that women, Black, Brown, or White, have gotten the short end of the stick for far too long. How’s this for a scenario : Biden picks Val Demings the Black congresswoman from Florida as his VP and wins the election. And poor old Joe doesn’t make it through 8 years in the White House. And now we have our first female president and she’s Black at that. Kind of a indirect way to get a woman president but I guess we’ll take anything we can get.

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    • Sha'Tara says:

      Possible… But how many VP’s have made good presidents and does black automatically mean good or better? I know about Obama’s collusion with the bankers and his war crimes track record. He avoided an imperial collapse by kowtowing to the rich and now lives the life of Riley. Black would be seen as nothing special if oppression and racism didn’t make it seem so. The thing about his highness Trump is that he exposed the filth and vileness of the empire which his royal blackness Obummer dissimuated for 8 years. America is long past any political or military fix. Defund America.

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    • tubularsock says:

      AHHH, Batt you are talken’ a token Black Woman VP for Amerkkkia?

      Somehow in all this you are forgetting that you are pushing a dead-man groper for leadership of the country. Pretty low bar, Batt!

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  4. swo8 says:

    Pancake mix – who on earth likes pancake mix?
    Leslie

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  5. I offer a 3rd viewpoint from Kenn Orphan: https://kennorphan.com/2020/06/19/aunt-jemima-and-the-poison-she-peddled

    “And we should not lose sight of the fact that the product itself hasn’t changed a bit. Indeed, the poisons peddled by the food industry are more egregious than the branding. After all, the ingredients of this “syrup” are, first and foremost, high fructose corn syrup and water with cellulose gum and “FDA recognized chemical preservatives” like sodium benzoate and sodium hexametaphosphate. The pancake mix includes bleached flour, sodium aluminum phosphate and ‘traces of milk.'”

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    • tubularsock says:

      Well thank you Dr.B for adding another layer to the pancake platter prater.

      It is great to have plenty of opinions on any subject and Kenn Orphan has done well with no question about “corporate caring” and the bottom line.

      But Tubularsock fears that Orphan has a narrow view of Aunt Jemima’s Syrup in this modern age. Tubularsock has found that it can substitute for motor oil in an emergency.

      A dual purpose product. Only in America!

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  6. Batt Guano says:

    To Tube & Sha’Tara:
    How many VP’s made good presidents? Thomas Jefferson; Teddy Roosevelt (at least in conservation); Harry Truman; Lyndon Johnson at least as a split personality president-good on social policies-terrible on Vietnam; Gerald Ford for being lovable and falling down an airplane off ramp. And who can forget Thomas Marshall VP to Woodrow Wilson 1913-1921. He once said: A mother had two sons; one went to sea and the other became vice-president. And neither one was ever heard from again.” A man with that kind of humor should have been president.
    And how does the Battster know all this? Well in these days of isolation I’m living down in the history archives with nothing to do but read history or suck my thumb.
    And as far as a low bar, Trump has set it so low that even a snake can’t slide under it.

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    • tubularsock says:

      Tubularsock feels that the KEY to all this is “made good Presidents” and your list. all though impressive, doesn’t cut it if we are viewing “good Presidents”.

      Perhaps with the exception of Gerald Ford who just happened to be too moral and honest to last in the snake pit of Presidents.

      But nice try Batt. Keep sucking your thumb with the knowledge that you are correct about Trump’s low bar.

      It sure has driven Tubularsock to drink more but enjoy it less!

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  7. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Yeah, the Aunt Jemima employment stories are fascinating and uplifting but SO RARE that, really, in a sea of relentless, surging suffering, it’s hard to fish those tiny little life vests out and care about them in a sustained manner.
    The country made its bed and now it has to unmake some of it, regardless of a few little gems of “positivity” here and there.
    We also wouldn’t be in this mess if, from the beginning, we heard stories about the Aunt Jemima representative and the millionaire black woman with her cosmetics business (Madame CJ Walker) and the black guy that rode the same night as Paul Revere (Wentworth Cheswell) to warn that the British were coming. If we heard THESE stories instead of seeing Amos & Andy, Butterfly McQueen in Gone with the Wind, never being taught that black men were key players in famous historic scenarios like the Battle of Bunker Hill, Washington’s crossing of he Delaware, and the Battle of Lexington, who knows where we’d be?.
    The intentional white-washing of history is like the bargain-basement dental insurance all companies I’ve ever worked for have offered for 30 years. The cut-rate crappy insurance covers two cleanings a year and then a diminishing scale of coverage for various scenarios concluding with zero contributions for bridges or implants. Can you imagine how much better people’s teeth would be with better insurance? Then in the future, as time went on, insurance wouldn’t have to dole out more and more of their scrimpy offerings to cover the escalating dental issues caused directly by their refusal to provide fuller coverage from the start that would entirely BYPASS most issues later on.
    Can you imagine what this country would look like if they hadn’t erased black faces out of history and instead had been forthcoming about the contributions, courage, genius inventions, etc., etc., in schools and how that would have boosted children’s sense of self and self-confidence, leading down a path of inspiration and optimism instead of one where their only images of being black in America, and the images of everyone around them, included Kunta Kinte and Precious?
    It would have been a different country.
    So the A. Jemima people should have told the truth, told the story, and everyone else should have told the truth and told the story. And we’d all be happy and singing together. And in that same alternate world, too, with useful dental insurance, there’d be a lot less bridges, dentures, and missing teeth.

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  8. Jay says:

    I have zero problems doing away with all these racist caricatures (never mind the tributes to actual racists) but of course as a Canadian I have zero attachment since “syrup” is for suckers and maple is the only way to go.
    But pancake seminar? Yes, sign me up.

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  9. mistermuse says:

    Sorry, but Trump has already cornered the market on “NO LIVES MATTER!” (other than his). However, if you publicly kiss his ass subserviently and frequently enough, he may deign to let you matter enough to join his shameless ingroup of sycophants and grovelers.

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    • tubularsock says:

      Thanks for your insights mistermuse. Tubularsock does agree with your take on the matter.
      The Orange Turd does have a narrow view of things for sure and rumor has it that the Dump even crowds himself out when looking in the mirror for fear that his image will look better than himself!

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