‘An injustice for me and my family’: Families of women who portrayed Aunt Jemima oppose brand changes

Two families of women who portrayed Aunt Jemima say they oppose Quaker Oats' plans to rename the brand of syrup and pancake mixes.

News 12 Staff

Jun 22, 2020, 10:28 AM

Updated 1,393 days ago

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Two families of women who portrayed Aunt Jemima say they oppose Quaker Oats' plans to rename the brand of syrup and pancake mixes.
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The Quaker Oats Company announced Wednesday that the logo and name would be changed as its "origins are based on racial stereotypes."
Larnell Evans Sr., the great-great grandson of the woman on whom Aunt Jemima is based, Anna Short Harrington, says he's offended by the decision.
He calls it “an injustice for me and my family.”
Aunt Jemima was originally shown with a wide smile and wearing a bandanna in her hair. The image faced criticism for years, as it was accused of encouraging racist stereotypes. The image was revamped in 1989, with the new model wearing pearl earrings with curly hair.


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