Lexie Carter, who lives in Memphis, said her dermatologist, Dr James Turner, greeted her by saying ‘Hi Aunt Jemima’ during her July 11 visit.
‘I was just sitting there waiting to be seen and he walked in,’ Carter said to WMCA. ‘He had a young girl, physician’s assistant trainee, a student with him, and he looks at me and goes “Hi Aunt Jemima.”‘
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The name Aunt Jemima is a brand of pancake mix and syrup that debuted in 1889 by Quaker Oats, but has also been used as a racial slur aimed toward black women.
Its roots are from a period of American history when white performers wore blackface, and conjures images of slave culture and plantation life.