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PepsiCo, which promised to drop the Aunt Jemima product name amid the George Floyd protests, has rebranded its line of pancake mixes and syrups as Pearl Milling Company after years of pressure to get rid of what critics called a racial stereotype. What are your thoughts?

Karen Powell, Washington, D.C.
She’s been out there for decades. I think they should just leave it alone. I grew up eating them pancakes, my children, my grandchildren, and so on. If they have to change it, her family deserves all the royalties. I will not be buying it anymore if she is not on the box and I don’t think it’s [related to] slavery. That’s just my opinion.

Ally Boyd, Atlanta
It should be changed to Pearl Milling Company. Rest in peace, Nancy Green. The company probably didn’t pay her or her family for the use of her picture, either.

Lynda Connor, Fairburn, Ga.
I don’t use it so I’m like, whatever. Changing the name or face shouldn’t matter as long as there isn’t a change in taste.

Carla Smith, Washington, D.C.
If you don’t know why this is offensive to people in the African American community, you need some history lessons. This has gone on long enough. Change is here.

Quanna Pac, Washington, D.C.
The name “Pearl” is just not sitting right with me.

Compiled by Sarafina Wright

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