A speaker who was called up by President Trump to make a speech at the Arizona event is being criticized for calling Aunt Jemima a “picture of the American Dream.”
Reagan Escude a USA ambassador said to students on Tuesday in Phoenix that “Aunt Jemima was canceled.” She made this reference to the American syrup brand’s choice to rebrand after criticism over the racially insensitive 130-year logo.
Escude who was fired from her job earlier this month “for giving a Biblical response to social issues,” said, “Nancy Green, the original, first Aunt Jemima, she was the picture of the American Dream.”Also Read– Kim Jong-un “gets a laugh” over notion of friendship with Trump
“She was a freed slave who went on to be the face of the pancake syrup that we love and we have in our pantries today. She fought for equality, and now the leftist mob is trying to erase her legacy,” Escudé added. “And might I mention how privileged we are as a nation if our biggest concern is a bottle of pancake syrup.”
Social media took to attacking the ambassador for her remarks, specifically, calling Green the American dream.
The hashtag “American Dream” was trending on Twitter on Wednesday.
A few hours after the speech went viral, Escude responded, she said, “Aunt Jemima rose above what was a horrible situation and turned it into something good, leaving a legacy that Americans will remember forever—hence, the American Dream. It’s a shame that most don’t understand!”
There is no historical evidence that Green was ever compensated by the partnership where Green was used as logo on the company’s pancake syrup.
Green was born into slavery and worked as a caretaker and nurse for most of her adult life.
Last week Quaker Oats said they would remove the Aunt Jemima brand and logo for its underlying racial stereotype.
As we work to make progress toward racial equality through several initiatives, we also must take a hard look at our portfolio of brands and ensure they reflect our values and meet our consumers’ expectations,” Quaker Oats said in a statement.
The company says it will donate US$5 million in the next five years to “create meaningful, ongoing support and engagement in the Black community.”