I know Aunt Jemima is an enslaved Mami taking care of white children, but i didnt know that as a kid.
To me it was just a respectable upstanding citizen who happened to be black, offering part of my breakfast alongside whatever other colors of people were at my breakfast table.
I know a lot of lamentation is out there about portraying everyone as white meaning that black kids dont have any self-insert role models etc. Maybe, if there had been a little paragraph on the bottom of the label mentioning the history of mamis, i would have not only had more respect for how capable and reliable (edit: in spite of lies like "lazy" "dumb" etc that i heard kids parrot from their parents at school) black people have been in society in our history, but also i would have had a lot more to think about regarding fairness and the real world i was finding myself in.
(Edit my point is that imagery like responsible matrons helped form my world view that black people and white people are basically just people the same as anyone else)
I also remember what happened to Little Sambo. A little black kid in an African jungle setting, but its racist to portray a non-white person even in a context where such a person would just happen to be black. Sambos little stories on the menu etc were no more racist or inappropriate than the Brer Rabbit stories i read at home, and now i wonder what happens when other white kids have never seen anyone not white portrayed in their coloring activity set at their family's breakfast restaurant.
I fear that stripping away Aunt Jemima only deepens the problem by further misrepresenting the truth until simply being black will be racist in and of itself, which is the inevitable absurdity of whitewashing and making it all so clean and tidy.