A picture of a woman in Midland picking up her student, dressed as “Aunt Jemima” in full black face firing up on social media.
Hundreds of comments on Your Basin’s Facebook pages, have stirred the conversation “why is dressing like Aunt Jemima offensive?”.
“Many people who again are asking what the problem is, they don’t recognize this history is there and it matters,” says Dr. Derek Catsam, University of Texas-Permian Basin History Professor.
“In the late 19th century, when white people wanted to depict black characters ‘cartoonishly’ you’d have white people dressed in exaggerated black features acting in a way that was perceived as exaggerated black ways,” says Dr. Catsam.
“The intent of a lot of people who dress like Aunt Jemima, or white people who try to dress like a black character is they don’t understand the long standing history with Minstrelsy or black face in America,” says Dr. Catsam.
“I just think that a lot of times if you want to honor someone of a different race, you might not want to play up the actual racial part of it,” says Dr. Catsam.
Read more on the initial post and to hear from the woman who took the photo.