Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fox News' Brian Kilmeade to Black Co-Worker: "Do You Make Kool-Aid?"

Here is a story coming out of Fox News from Wednesday's "Fox & Friends" program. Fox News host Harris Faulkner was on the program demonstrating how to prepare a peach cobbler for her holiday guests when host Brian Kilmeade came at her with a bit of a race-tinged aside:
“Do you make Kool-Aid?” he asked. 

“Uh, do I do what?” she replied. 

“Make Kool-Aid,” Kilmeade repeated. 

“Uh, no,” Faulkner stuttered. “I – I don’t make Kool-Aid.”
Faulkner quickly recovered and noted out that she prepared "an adult beverage" for everyone to share.

I had never head of the "Kool-Aid as the Black person's drink" stereotype until I took in and adopted my own black son. Now I see that reference a lot. The idea is that Black people = poverty = need for cheap drink = Kool-Aid. (Jon's Note: It seems silly to spell it all out, but I've already had people ask me how Kool-Aid is part of a racist stereotype.)

You can watch the whole segment here. The Kool-Aid comment comes at the 33 second marker. It is worth watching everyone's reactions, including Faulkner's daughter, who was assisting her mother with the segment.

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