A Texas woman and cousin of one of the women used as Aunt Jemima for promotional materials over the years, Vera Harris, just ripped a mile-wide hole in the left’s cancel culture.
“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 as she asked Quaker Foods to not rename Aunt Jemima products.
Harris went on to say the job was good for her aunt and she made a decent living for 25 years doing it and was actually considered a hero in her hometown.
From The Daily Mail:
The family of a woman whose image was used in Aunt Jemima branding doesn’t want the products renamed because the affiliation made her a hero in her hometown.
Quaker Foods North America, acknowledged that ‘Aunt Jemima’s origins are based on a racial stereotype,’ of a ‘mammy’ and announced Wednesday that it would be removing the image and name.
Texas woman Vera Harris says her second cousin Lillian Richard worked as an ambassador for the Quaker Oats brand for 23 years from 1925 and she doesn’t want the progressive changes to affect her family’s local fame.
There is a historic marker dedicated to Richard in her hometown of Fouke after she was one of the black women able to get work in the decades before the civil rights movement.
‘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.
‘She made an honest living out of it for a number of years. She toured around Texas.’
‘She was considered a hero in Hawkins, and we are proud of that. We do not want that history erased.’
Anna S. Harrington, who was a cook and former sharecropper started playing Aunt Jemima in 1935 and reached celebrity on a national level.