getting close to the end of my humanities 20th/21st century, I saw this piece in black and white in my textbook, “The Liberation of Aunt Jemima”, 1972.
I had to see if it’s a color piece, and it is. Growing up I’d occasionally hear about the history of the logo and I remember being surprised that all they ever did was keep changing the hair and makeup and pose of the character but that it never really got away from its origin, and I remember being surprised that they didn’t just remove it as people have been criticizing it for decades by the time I learned about it. So when they finally _did_ decide it was time, of course a lot of people who weren’t aware of this ongoing controversy were disappointed to see their childhood pancake lady nanny gone but those that were aware of it were relieved.
How many iterations more did Aunt Jemima go through from 1972 to its removal before finally removing the logo? I mean, it was inevitable; to keep it has long been a ridiculous holdover from a long ago era. At this point, one could put Aunt Jemima nesting dolls coming out before reaching the final iteration from this 1972 image.