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Uncle Ben's rice will no longer bear the likeness of a Black rice farmer on its packages, Mars, Inc. announced Wednesday.

The news comes after the Quaker Oats Company, which is owned by PepsiCo, decided to retire the Aunt Jemima logo from its packaging due to the company's long history of racial stereotypes.

Mars, Inc. said the change was long overdue "to put an end to racial bias and injustices." The company added it will look at "all possibilities" to replace the familiar logo on it's rice products.

Mars did not indicate if the "Uncle Ben" name would remain on the packaging.

"As we listen to the voices of consumers, especially in the Black community, and to the voices of our Associates worldwide, we recognize that one way we can do this is by evolving the Uncle Ben's brand, including its visual brand identity,' spokeswoman Caroline Sherman said in a statement.

Earlier, the Quaker Company announced it would retire the famous Black character who graced bottles of Aunt Jemima pancake mix and syrup for over a century.

"We recognize Aunt Jemima's origins are based on a racial stereotype. While work has been done over the years to update the brand in a manner intended to be appropriate and respectful, we realize those changes are not enough," said Kristin Kroepfl, vice president and chief marketing officer of Quaker Foods North America.

The new Aunt Jemima syrup bottles and pancake mix packages will debut in stores in the fourth quarter of 2020, the company said. The name change will be announced soon.

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Quaker Oats Company

Days after parody website The Onion caused Aunt Jemima to trend on Twitter.com, the Quaker Oats Company has decided to retire the famous Black character who graced bottles of Aunt Jemima pancake mix and syrup for over a century.

On June 12, The Onion tweeted, "Quaker Oats Replaces Historically Racist Aunt Jemima Mascot With Black Female Lawyer Who Enjoys Pancakes Sometimes."

Many were fooled by the tweet, including retired rapper-turned-activist Ice Cube, who tweeted: "BUSTED: There's obviously no Black people on your board of directors! GET SOME QUICK."

The bottles will be rebranded with a nw character and name in the wake of nationwide protests and unrest after white police killed Black people in Georgia, Minneapolis and Louisville.

Quaker Oats Company responded to pressure over the years by modernizing the Aunt Jemima character who originally wore a scarf on her head and a neckerchief. But Quaker Oats declined to retire the character until now.

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Quaker Oats Company

"As we work to make progress toward racial equality through several initiatives, we also must take a hard look at our portfolio of brands and ensure they reflect our values and meet our consumers' expectations," said Kristin Kroepfl, vice president and chief marketing officer of Quaker Foods North America.

"We recognize Aunt Jemima's origins are based on a racial stereotype. While work has been done over the years to update the brand in a manner intended to be appropriate and respectful, we realize those changes are not enough," Kroepfl said in a press release.

The new syrup bottles and pancake mix packages will debut in stores in the fourth quarter of 2020, the company said. The name change will be announced soon.

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A white woman who called 911 on a Black man for asking her to leash her dog has apologized for her insensitivity and poor impulse control.

Amy Cooper, who was dubbed "Karen" on Twitter.com, told CNN she wanted to apologize to "everyone" who was offended by her actions.

According to Urbandictionary.com, "Karen" is a pejorative term, similar to "Becky", that expresses contempt or disapproval of white women who fit a pattern of socially disagreeable behavior.

"I'm not racist," she said. "I did not mean to harm that man in any way."

Amy Cooper said she was walking her dog between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. Monday in an area of NY's Central Park called The Ramble, when she encountered Christian Cooper (no relation), who asked her to leash her dog.

Central Park policy requires dogs to be leashed at all times. But Amy took offense at Christian's demands and she called 911 to report she felt threatened.

Christian recorded the encounter because things tend to go left whenever the police get involved.

By the time police arrived on the scene, both Coopers and the dog were gone. But Christian's video went viral on social media, sparking outrage.

Amy Cooper lost her job and gave up her dog amid the chaos. She told CNN her entire life is destroyed.

"I think I was just scared," Amy told CNN. "When you're alone in the Ramble, you don't know what's happening. It's not excusable, it’s not defensible."

When asked if he’d accept her apology, Christian told CNN he would "if it's genuine and if she plans on keeping her dog on a leash in the Ramble going forward, then we have no issues with each other."

Spencer Brown John Wilson

Appalachian State University officials have apologized for derogatory statements made by a white male tennis player during a tennis match against a black opponent at a HBCU.

College officials issued the apology on Monday after John Wilson, the black player, complained on Twitter.com about offensive racist statements made by Spencer Brown, who's white.

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The Real

Viewers of Fox's The Real witnessed a truly spectacularly insulting moment on Friday's show. The cultural difference between The Real co-hosts, who are black or biracial, and Jeannie Mai, a Chinese/American, was never more evident than during today's episode.

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Jay Z releases a statement

Barneys NY has recently come under fire for 2 alleged incidents of racial profiling involving black consumers.

In response to the avalanche of negative press surrounding his business affiliation with Barneys, Jay Z's publicist released a statement on Saturday making him out to be the victim.

"I move and speak based on facts and not emotion. I haven't made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys," Z was quoted as saying.

"Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately?"

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Trayvon Christian

A young college student discovered that racism is alive and well in high end retailing. Trayon Christian is suing Barney's Department store and the NYPD for violating his rights after the retailer accused him of credit card fraud.

Christian, 19, went to the Madison Avenue Barney's in NY to purchase a Ferragamo belt after spotting his favorite rapper, Juelz Santana, wearing the expensive accessory. Christian saved his money by working extra shifts at his part-time job. He was finally able to purchase the luxury $349 Salvatore Ferragamo belt, which he paid for with a debit card in his name.

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Riley Cooper

Unlike disgraced chef Paula Deen, a Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver was caught using the n-word on video. Riley Cooper, who heretofore was unknown outside of Philadelphia, was upset that a black security guard wouldn't let him backstage at a Kenny Chesney concert.

A concertgoer who witnessed the 25-year-old Riley's public meltdown sent this email to Deadspin.com:

Riley was going fucking nuts because he wasn't allowed backstage. He didn't have passes like some of the other players and was SO pissed that the stadium people wouldn't let him back just because he was Riley Cooper.

He had had been drinking since 11 AM (Kenny didn't go on until 8).
Feel free to use the attached pic of his car.

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Frank Ski and Don Lemon

Local restauranteur Frank Ski, left, tweeted his response to CNN anchor Don Lemon's oral dissertation on what's wrong with black men in America.

Lemon, 47, recently defended Bill O'Reilly's low opinions of black men, saying O'Reilly didn't "go far enough" in his depiction of black men as social outcasts.

Addressing black people directly, Lemon, who is openly gay, listed "5 Things To Improve Black America," beginning with "Pull up your pants."

In his letter to Don, titled "I'm just saying," Ski tweeted "It was extremely irresponsible for a person of your influence to point fingers and criticize without also listing the "Systemic Racisms" of America that brought us to this point."

Ski, 49, who owns Frank Ski's Restaurant and Lounge, left V-103 last year after 14 years at the helm of the station's top-rated Frank Ski Morning Show and Frank and Wanda Morning Show.

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