Aunt Jemima

Aunt Jemima

noun
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a black woman considered by other blacks to be subservient to or to curry favor with whites.
Compare Uncle Tom.


Origin:
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


The trademarked name and image of Aunt Jemima, as used by the Quaker Oats Company on some of its products, was originally the name of a stereotypical African American character in minstrel shows of the late 19th century. The image used on product packaging, originally a fat, smiling black woman with a kerchief in her hair, has been altered over the years to eliminate racial stereotypes. But Aunt Jemima, referring to a black woman regarded as excessively servile to white people, retains its racist overtones.
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Main Entry:  Aunt Jemima
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the world's first living trademark, Nancy Green, who demonstrated the ready-mixed, self-rising pancake flour created in 1889.
Example:  In the image of "Aunt Jemima," the Nancy Green legend lives on.
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