Aunt Jemima

[ antjuh-mahy-muh, ahnt ]
/ ˈænt dʒəˈmaɪ mə, ˈɑnt /
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Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a Black woman considered by other Black people to be subservient to or to curry favor with white people.



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Origin of Aunt Jemima

First recorded in 1885–90; after the trademarked name of a brand of pancake mixes and associated products, featuring a picture of a Black female cook on the packaging

usage note for Aunt Jemima

The trademarked name and image of Aunt Jemima, as formerly used by the Quaker Oats Company on some of its products, was also the name of a stereotypical African American character in minstrel shows of the late 19th century. The product packaging, originally featuring a fat, smiling Black woman with a kerchief in her hair, was updated over the years to eliminate features associated with disrespectful racial stereotypes. Then, in 2021, the company replaced both the image and product name in a clean break from its controversial brand origin.

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