But who’s fighting for black women?
In 2015 Riché Richardson wrote an opinion piece in the NYT about Aunt Jemima and PepsiCo did nothing.
Dannez W. Hunter and Larnell Evans, Jr. filed suit against PepsiCo, the Quaker Oats Company and others in August, claiming that the defendants had failed to pay royalties to Harrington’s estate and stole Harrington’s pancake formula in an act of “industrial espionage.” and again PepsiCo did nothing. A Judge dismissed claims of two men who claimed to be descendants of the woman who portrayed beloved syrup.
Fast forward to 2020 Kirby does a Tic Tok on how to make a racist breakfast and posted it on IG. After a 130 years of profiting of a racist stereotype they’re going to retire the image.
Quaker Oats gave Auntie an perm or hot combed her hair and guess their marketing team thought they did something. Mars Inc. Uncle Ben in an office and said: “Through the magic of marketing, we’ve made him the chairman,” Mr. Shands said. Uncle Ben’s office, he said, is “reflective of a man with great wisdom who has done great things.
Amid the killings of Ahamaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks people were and still are calling for justice. I can assure the justice they were referring to wasn’t about logos on pancakes and rice.
The actions of PepsiCo and Mars Inc were laughable and immediately seen as an empty gestures. Julez Suzdaltsev even pointed out the irony in tweet.
But somehow my tweet is “hateful conduct”
What I find disturbing, is on the same day that my account was flagged for violating Twitter’s rules of hateful conduct the President of the United States was promoting yet another blatant lie about CNN but twitter called it manipulated media
Early in the week two videos circulated on Twitter, one showed a young black girl being tossed in the dumpster as trash and the other showed another black girl being slapped in the face with a skateboard. My words must have struck a nerve and offended someone in a marketing department-MadMen ruin things. Twitter’s censored civil discourse in what was obviously sarcasm, yet they seem to support the denigration and disrespect of black women. So, I asked a question: in what world do we live in where on Twitter black women are allowed to be abused? One of my followers on IG answered the question.
We’ve got to do better by black women Twitter, more importantly we’ve got to do better as Black Men to call out this blatant disrespect of black women.