Today I am coming to the defense of the people with “Down with Detroit.” They are under attack because some believe a simple T-shirt that simply says “Kool-aide and cornbread” is racist against black people.
That is ridiculous. The shirt is obviously a play on Lion fans who often drink the Lions Kool-aide and eat the Lions cornbread. They believe in the Lions no matter what. This is a running joke on sports talk radio and in the sporting community. The down with Detroit people made up a blue T-shirt and shortly after posting it on their sight were accused of being racist.
Maybe I am wrong. Maybe I see the world through rose colored glasses at times. But the people who run this website did not have evil intentions when they made the shirt. They simply played off something we talk about all the time. Sometimes we are too sensitive and search for something that is not there.
I know people joke that black people used to love grape Kool-Aide and eat cornbread way back in the day but most young people aren’t even aware of this. And if you think people think Kool-Aide and corn bread when they see a black person, you are nuts. I remember a columnist wrote about a black athlete who ate fried chicken during an interview. He casually put the reference in the column because he was setting a scene. The fried chicken reference was taken out.
Downwithdetroit.com features a number of Detroit related apparel with a mostly sports theme. There is a Chet Lemon shirt with a lemon on front. The people who run this sight have praised and made fun of the Lions and have a neat T-shirt that supports all the local teams. The shirts are simple but fun.
There are a growing number of Lion fans who believe their team is about to shock the world and beat the New Orleans Saints Saturday night on Bourbon Street. Those who do not believe laugh and joke that they’ve been sipping too much Kool-Aide or they are drowning their cornbread in Lions butter.
Is that racist? Is it racist to put these thoughts on this T-shirt?
Absolutely not. But please let me know what you think.