A few weeks ago, a racist caricature was removed from the “land o lakes” butter brand. Predictably, the only people bothered were white people complaining about “tradition” or falsely claiming “this is respectful representation!”
The Quaker Oats company is finally removing the Aunt Jemima caricature from their syrup bottles, admitting that it’s a racist “minstrel” stereotype. On the same day, the Mars corporation and Conagra have announced they will end use of “Uncle Ben” and “Mrs. Butterworth” on their respective rice and syrup products. But it shouldn’t have taken a hundred years and public pressure to stop doing it.
Now if only sports teams would get rid of their racist caricatures. If billion dollar food companies can do it, why can’t billion dollar NFL and MLB teams?