The Obama administration built the migrant cages, but the Media never reported this. In 2014, thousands of Central Americans crossed the border into Texas and were later held at a detention center in McAllen, TX.
The facility is similar to an outdoor garage and, because there was no space for beds, women and children slept on the concrete. Migrants remained outside for hours in the scorching hot temperatures and were fed meals consisting of bologna sandwiches and Kool-Aid.
Aunt Jemima has been known for more than a century for its savory pancake mix and syrup; Uncle Ben, for more than half a century for its savory rice. In the name of political correctness and “racial sensitivity,” America’s favorite aunts and uncles are being shown the door.
In the wake of the George Floyd killing, companies have begun pledging to overhaul brands with logos and names out of step with the times. And activists and others are spurring this, complaining that the branding could perpetuate “racial stereotypes.”
Uncle Ben’s is the latest casualty of this hypersensitive political climate. Uncle Ben’s parent company, Mars Inc., has changed its name to “Ben’s Original,” which is anything but original. The company will also replace the logo image, as critics complain it evokes “servitude.” (Maybe it’s the bowtie?)
“We understand the inequities that were associated with the name and face of the previous brand and, as we announced in June, we have committed to change,” said Mars executive Fiona Dawson.
Following its debut in the 1940s, Uncle Ben’s was the best-selling packaged rice for decades. The logo depicts a kind, trustworthy bow-tied black man.
But here’s the kicker: he’s not the owner, and his name isn’t “Ben.”
The man on the logo is Frank Brown, the head waiter and chef at an upscale Chicago restaurant in the 1950s. Gordon Harwell, the founder of Uncle Ben’s, would frequent the restaurant for its delicious food. He was fond of Frank Brown, and the two soon developed a close friendship. Harwell wanted to increase his packaged rice sales, but one important thing was missing: a friendly, trustworthy face on the logo. So he asked Frank Brown if he’d be willing to be that face. Brown agreed.
At the time, titles such as Aunt and Uncle were commonly used to refer to black people, especially in the southern states. Harwell, though, didn’t just pick the name “Uncle Ben” out of thin air; instead, he named the company after a black Texas farmer in the 1940s known for his high-quality rice. And, like Frank Brown, Uncle Ben was a kind, older black gentleman.
She and other executives have no qualms starting anew, even when, arguably, their products’ historical significance overshadows any racial connotations.
Louise Hampton, who works for Care UK, posted a video on Facebook stating that the COVID call center has been “dead” since the virus first spread in January.
In the recording, Hampton flashes the certificate that NHS (National Health Service) awarded her and sarcastically reads what it says:
“This certificate certifies that Louise Hampton made a difference to patients. NHS COVID-19 Response. THANK YOU.”
She claims the call center has received no calls, and thus the certificate is a load of bollocks (load of shit.)
“We are aware of this video, which we consider to be materially inaccurate in a number of ways, and can confirm that a member of staff is subject to investigation,” a spokesperson for Care UK said.
“We expect all our colleagues and services to support the work of the NHS in giving the public the right information and support during the pandemic. Our call centres were, in fact, exceptionally busy, handling a peak of 400% more calls than usual. Our teams showed huge commitment and dedication in delivering the service, and we have rightly thanked them for the efforts they have made.”
Despite the BBC (and other news outlets) rushing to debunk her claim as a “conspiracy theory,” Hampton has received support from large numbers of people on social media, including many NHS workers.
The BBC has sought to discredit her by alleging she’s a QAnon “conspiracy theorists”; the UK-based news outlet, however, has not attempted to retrieve call logs or other evidence that would refute her claims.
QAnon adherents believe that the U.S. is controlled by a cabal of child sex trafficking, Democratic elites intent on bringing down President Trump. Followers also believe that Dr. Anthony Fauci and other elites have manufactured the coronavirus to sabotage Trump’s presidency. The group has young and old followers from different socioeconomic backgrounds, races, and ethnicities.