During a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday hosted by the pro-Trump student group Turning Point USA, one of the speakers, Reagan Escudé, claimed that Aunt Jemima was a “picture of the American dream,” completely overlooking the fact that the real Aunt Jemima had been a slave. Specifically, Escudé remarked:

“Aunt Jemima was canceled. And if you didn’t know, Nancy Green, the original, first Aunt Jemima, she was the picture of the American dream. She was a freed slave who went on to be the face of the pancake syrup that we love and we have in our pantries today.”

However, the life of Nancy Green was anything but a dream, as the fact-checking website Snopes has explained when a rumor circulated online that Green died a millionaire:

“Aunt Jemima was created to celebrate state-of-the-art technology through a pancake mix; she did not celebrate the promise of post-Emancipation progress for African Americans. Aunt Jemima’s ‘freedom’ was negated, or revoked, in this role because of the character’s persona as a plantation slave, not a free black woman employed as a domestic.

“Green was a middle-aged woman living on the South Side of Chicago, working as a cook and housekeeper for a prominent judge. After a series of auditions, she was hired to cook and serve the new pancake recipe at the World’s Fair. Part of her act was to tell stories from her own early slave life along with plantation tales written for her by a white southern sales representative. This combination of historic and mythic plantation was designed to perpetuate the “historical amnesia necessary for confidence in the American future.” That this amnesia occurred at the expense of African American progress was clearly not an issue for the Pearl Milling Company, the inventor of Aunt Jemima.”

And Green DID NOT die a wealthy woman.

Twitter users quickly took Escudé to task and gave her a history lesson:

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