Supposed "Ally" Still Using Aunt Jemima Syrup

Supposed "Ally" Still Using Aunt Jemima Syrup

Courtney Peters, self-proclaimed ally to African-Americans, was caught dousing her pancakes with the problematic Aunt Jemima Syrup yet again, or as white people call it, “Pickaninny Sauce.”

Long before Aunt Jemima was a beloved brand of syrup, the character first appeared in minstrel shows in the late 1800s. With a scarf over her head and a polka dot dress, Jemima was the newest take on the classic “Mammy” stereotype, just another in the racist ring of breakfast food items, right behind the Apple Jacks rasta stick and yellowface PopTarts (buttercream).

“Look, after the Dove ad, I threw out all my Dove products. After the whole H&M hoodie thing, I returned all my clothes to H&M and donated the money to Black Lives Matter. And now I can’t enjoy my favorite syrup? Where is the line, ya know? And I know this sounds like white people problems, but… ok they are white people problems. Fine… I guess I’m done with my Mammy Jemima too. She just reminded me of my housekeeper, okay?” responded Peters.

Although Peters is clearly in the wrong, she brings up an interesting point: where is the line? Should we all toss out our Nikes because of their exploitation of cheap labor? Or are we able to separate the product from the business so we can continue to enjoy Chick-Fil-A sandwiches? The answer may be different for each person. At press time, Peters was spotted walking into Trump Tower to get a burrito bowl. “What? It’s the best Mexican bowl in town.”

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