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Thank You and End of a Era

First of all thank you to everyone who commented on my Valentine craft. I had fun making them.
So it's been a week now that Aunt Jemima has become The Pearl Milling company. That sweet face I loved childhood has now been replaced by in my opinion an ugly building. They are removing Uncle Ben's face and changing the name to Ben's Original and I hear they are removing the black chef's face from Cream of Wheat cereal. So companies really think that removing people of color from labels is going to stop racism? 
I think not. There will always be racism against black people, racism against white people, racism against Hispanic and racism against all the other cultures God created. And it will continue until Jesus returns. Oh what a glorious day that will be!

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  1. I agree with every word you wrote Regina. I'm so sad to not see Aunt Jemina's face on the syrup bottle again. Do you remember the glass bottles that were shaped like a lady? I loved that bottle and had a collection of them as a child because I couldn't bear it to be thrown away when it was empty.
    People will only change if they want to. Not buy changing a marketing campaign. It's a heart issue. I long for the day when there is no racism or discrimination of any kind but I really believe it won't be until we're in Heaven. How I long for that day.
    Blessings and hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. That was Mrs. Butterworth and I remember those bottles but now they are plastic. I heard they are thinking about making changes to Mrs. Butterworth too. This world is just crazy!

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    2. Oh, that's right! Well, I liked them both anyway! The entire world has gone completely crazy. They need the Lord. Without him it will just continue to deteriorate. Sometimes I feel as if Revelations is happening right in front of us.
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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  2. QUE TRISTE ES LA PALABRA RACISMO, TIENEN TANTO ODIO, INTOLERANCIA, PREJUICIOS, VIOLENCIA, EL MUNDO EN QUE VIVIMOS ES UN CAOS REGINA,SOLO ESTAREMOS EN PAZ,CUANDO CRISTO REGRESE Y VENGA A BUSCAR A SU ESPOSA AMADA, A SU IGLESIA AMADA. COMO TE ESTA TRATANDO LA TORMENTA POLAR? DIOS QUIERA QUE TODOS USTEDES, ESTEN A SALVO. BENDICIONES.

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  3. It's so sad and plain ridiculous how these companies think they need to do this. It certainly isn't solving anything. I absolutely agree with Betsy that it's a heart issue. Worst yet Christians are starting to experience more hate than ever these days but it's being overlooked even by people who are supposed to be in the body of Christ. We are headed for darker days because it's not going to get any better until Jesus returns.

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  4. This is really thoughtful, Regina, and I think spot on. I grew up with these brands and oddly (or maybe not -- we're in the north where obviously there is still racism but l think -- I hope -- less than in the Southern plantation culture), I never really thought of the products as black, white or otherwise. Maybe that's not PC, and probably ignorant, but I didn't see it. I saw a warm, friendly smile and that meant breakfast would be good. Uncle Ben introduced me to delicious wild rice. That was my kid life.

    As an adult and student of history, I understand how these images would be offensive and remind people of a very brutal and cruel time in our nation's history in general and the African American experience specifically. And what I will never be able to assess from a personal point of view as a white woman is how I would feel to see those images looking back at me. Would I feel offended? Sad? Angry? Or comforted to see someone who looked like me who brought joy to the table? I honestly don't know.

    What I do know is that changing a marketing and branding campaign may only serve to ease the minds of those who are deeply offended by the images. It won't change racist feelings in those who have them. It may or may not pick up new customers and if that's what it takes to get a new white person to buy the project, then I feel sorry for that person because they're already too "set in." They may lose a few customers, too.

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    1. I was thinking about Uncle Ben and now it's Ben's Originals. Okay, fine change the name but keep his face on the package. I think the CEOs of these companies are just getting paranoid and making wrong marketing choices. They've lost me as a customer.

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  5. So true. I read a post on Twitter last night "Try to be less White." Cracked me up. I love your new blog design.
    Have a good day,
    Mary

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  6. Very true. Regina, sad broken world we live in and it will stay sad and spoiled and broken till Jesus comes... Amen! Even so come, Lord Jesus!
    Thanks for sharing, and may God bless and keep you and all whom you love safe and well.
    Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz. X

    {Wonderful Words of Life - Shaz in Oz}
    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

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    1. I'm reading the book of Revelation with Dr. J. Vernon McGee and I'm like Jesus hurry up and get here. This world is getting everyday seems like it.

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  7. I enjoyed reading the comments. I've always liked black people. Grew up among them in VA. I always liked Aunt Jemima. Even have a wooden one in my kitchen. I thought it honored a black person and couldn't figure out why they dishonor her by removing her from the products. But then... I'm white. What do I know? I agree. It will only get worse without Jesus. ❤

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    1. We have a Pillsbury Poppin Fresh Dough Boy that belonged to my mother-in-law and I can just see Pillsbury getting rid of him because he's a little chubby. I hope that won't happen.

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  8. This so called political correctness, and bowing to a noisy minority is endemic and worldwide - so very sad - we too are seeing Uncle Ben disappear..
    Come Lord Jesus
    Stay safe
    Blessings
    Maxine (from Down Under)

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    1. It's so irritating too. It's like they think they are speaking for all black people by making stupid changes.

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  9. My thoughts exactly Regina. They certainly don't speak for me and my family :(

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