so it's friday, and i was free ranging the market, impulse shopping the entire store, and my brain wandered into the social consciousness aisle. These two icons are proudly displayed full scale on the box, and i know they've been around longer than civil rights, but in today's context are they racist exploitation by corporations to sell product, or just familiar "friends" we know and love? There doesn't seem to be any attempt to minimize the trademark. And they aren't the only african american portraits on food products, (the cream of wheat dude?) that are more or less "southern" specialties either, i saw cornbread, bbq sauce, cat fish batter with an african american "chef" touting the product. (btw is martha white black?) and what about mrs butterworth? I think unless it's a famous amos situation ( a real dude selling his product) that corporations shouldn't use outdated stereotypical icons to market to perceived outdated demographics. or was i just shopping on an empty stomach? next week i'll launch an investigative probe into the sexism of betty crocker and sara lee. also: 1) is little debbie still a virgin? and 2)doesn't dolly madison deserve a higher tribute than a snack cake?