Her name is Reagan Escudé. Video of her speech during Tuesday's Phoenix rally hosted by Turning Point USA and headlined by President Donald Trump has gone viral, with over 4 million views in just 12 hours.
"Aunt Jemima was canceled," Reagan says, sounding as if she has a lump in her throat. "And if you didn't know, Nancy Green, the original, first Aunt Jemima, she was the picture of the American dream. She was a freed slave who went on to be the face of the pancake syrup that we love and we have in our pantries today."
“Aunt Jemima was canceled… She was the picture of the American dream. She was a freed slave who went on to be the f… https://t.co/YvetNyNEYk— Peter Wade (@Peter Wade)1592957489.0
As Snopes points out, in the book “Mammy: A Century of Race, Gender, and Southern Memory,” Kimberly Wallace-Sanders writes:
At one point the most reliable means of consolidating the country involved inducing a kind of national amnesia about the history of slavery. Aunt Jemima was created to celebrate state-of-the-art technology through a pancake mix; she did not celebrate the promise of post-Emancipation progress for African Americans. Aunt Jemima’s “freedom” was negated, or revoked, in this role because of the character’s persona as a plantation slave, not a free black woman employed as a domestic. An African American woman, pretending to be a slave, was pivotal to the trademark’s commercial achievement in 1893. Its success revolved around the fantasy of returning a black woman to a sanitized version of slavery. The Aunt Jemima character involved a regression of race relations, and her character helped usher in a prominent resurgence of the “happy slave” mythology of the antebellum South.
The Internet decided to school Reagan with history and facts.
The woman — whose name was Nancy Green — on the face of this pancake syrup could not make enough money to live off… https://t.co/yvaeGjY2uR— Jessica Huseman (@Jessica Huseman)1592973951.0
Ummm...Aunt Jemima was a fictional character first created for a minstrel show by Chris Rutt, a popular racist from… https://t.co/i52u4hM5Si— Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald (@Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald)1592958696.0
What part of being a slave was in any dream? https://t.co/d1eJEgMDx2— shannon sharpe (@shannon sharpe)1592967267.0
Could someone please this along to her? https://t.co/Nik7FXMgrK https://t.co/ubwUHLHJSG— Jonathan Capehart (@Jonathan Capehart)1592963718.0
Ahh yes. The America Dream of being born into slavery, hired to bring life to a character inspired by men in blackf… https://t.co/F9LwMxqv7P— Brandon Wolf (@Brandon Wolf)1592963486.0
The utter caucacity of it all 🙄 https://t.co/QcZjZiSSjc— jamie grayson (@jamie grayson)1592973778.0
They want to keep the racist stereotype of a fictional Aunt Jemima on the pancake syrup but they don't want put rea… https://t.co/F1ZzAZQim2— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin)1592969069.0
Picture of the American Dream? Does her estate get a cut of every box sold with her face on it? Did she get an equi… https://t.co/uCelWwWs9l— Stephanie Ruhle (@Stephanie Ruhle)1592964566.0
In a race between racist, ignorant and dumb, this is a photo finish. https://t.co/WIoxHID8HQ— Sleeping Giants (@Sleeping Giants)1592966099.0
This is so stupid. https://t.co/2AEhm6eTw2— Clarence Hill Jr (@Clarence Hill Jr)1592970208.0
Time to play another round of Ignorant or Racist. (Or both.) https://t.co/mwtR7W4FT5— Steven DeKnight (@Steven DeKnight)1592962164.0
A white ignorant girl telling black people what Aunt Jemima represented is exactly what I would expect from a "Stud… https://t.co/1slNI92etf— Pam Kling Jones WE DID IT (@Pam Kling Jones WE DID IT)1593004106.0
Future Fox News Anchor... https://t.co/w7KS4xqaUq— Ice Cube (@Ice Cube)1592962902.0
I love when white people tell us how we should feel.. public schools are purposely teaching revisionist history so… https://t.co/LtLwzHsGLS— Hazeleyed Queen (@Hazeleyed Queen)1592969093.0
I taught high school for over 30 years. Rarely did I have a student as willfully ignorant as this. https://t.co/H0i4RaOqmz— Paulette Feeney (@Paulette Feeney)1592964148.0