[Ed. – Introduce him to Lawrence Wright. Maybe they can cry in their beer together while guilty white Americans clean up the landscape.]
A great-grandson of “Aunt Jemima” doesn’t want Quaker Oats — or white America, for that matter — to easily erase its racist history by “retiring” the iconic breakfast brand.
On Wednesday, Chicago-based Quaker Foods announced it would eliminate the Aunt Jemima brand of pancake mix and syrup in response to civil unrest and protests calling for racial equity across America sparked by the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died with his neck under the knee of a white Minnesota police officer.
“This is an injustice for me and my family. This is part of my history, sir,” Larnell Evans Sr. told me. “The racism they talk about, using images from slavery, that comes from the other side — white people. This company profits off images of our slavery. And their answer is to erase my great-grandmother’s history. A black female. … It hurts.”