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John Byrne

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Posted: 17 June 2020 at 10:30am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

About time!
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Kevin Brown
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Posted: 17 June 2020 at 11:15am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

The only shock is that it took until 2020 to do this!
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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 17 June 2020 at 12:01pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Yeah, I have no problem with this - especially once I've seen people post some of the older Aunt Jemima images.....yikes!
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James Johnson
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Posted: 17 June 2020 at 12:30pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

...and to your Uncle!

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Michael Penn
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Posted: 17 June 2020 at 12:35pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

MLKjr understood better than anyone that practically the
best way to force good changes in America is to hit 'em in
the wallet. The worse you make racism/prejudice for big
business, the more the culture "suddenly" evolves.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 17 June 2020 at 12:36pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

…especially once I've seen people post some of the older Aunt Jemima images…

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Yeah, they've been able to update Betty Crocker a few times, but there's just no way to pull that off with Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima.

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John Byrne

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Posted: 17 June 2020 at 12:37pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

MLKjr understood better than anyone that practically the best way to force good changes in America is to hit 'em in the wallet. The worse you make racism/prejudice for big business, the more the culture "suddenly" evolves.

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As I have noted, business is getting bold! Most TV ads these days feature mixed race (and often same sex) couples. These are how the barriers come down!

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John Byrne

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Posted: 17 June 2020 at 12:42pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

One suggestion I saw floated was to change the image and branding to "Chef Jem." That might be a great update.

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I don't pretend to have full comprehension of the Black Experience, but I think if I was Black I'd find that VERY offensive!

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James Johnson
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Posted: 17 June 2020 at 12:50pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

I don't pretend to have full comprehension of the Black Experience, but I think if I was Black I'd find that VERY offensive!

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JB - I do and I find it REALLY OFFENSIVE!

With both brands being around for well over a century and probably made billions off them, it's WAY past time to retire those racist representations of black Americans. 
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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 17 June 2020 at 1:18pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

https://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/uncle-jemimas- pure-mash-liquor/n11301

Can't believe that this skit is now over 20 years old!


Edited by Vinny Valenti on 17 June 2020 at 1:22pm
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David Allen Perrin
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Posted: 17 June 2020 at 3:10pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Time to retire all the ‘Aunts’ and ‘Uncles’ and I’m lookin’ at that tan on Mrs’ Butterworth and dammit I got questions!

2020 is a year of true upheaval.  Much of it terrible.  And yet amidst the smoke and rubble....progress.
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Rich Marzullo
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Posted: 17 June 2020 at 3:38pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Been reading comments about how this will lead to ignorance and the death of America, so that's been fun. Also, apparently Uncle Ben's is working on a similar decision that will be announced later this year.
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