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Why People Who Like Sugar on Grits Should Be On The Terrorist Watch List

By Michael Harriot

I don’t even know when it started. I don’t even know why the controversy became a trending topic on social media, but for the past two days there has been furious debate on social media over whether sugar or salt is the appropriate seasoning for grits.

To be sure, this is a Black debate. I’m sure white people eat grits, especially in the South, but grits is a universally Black food. It probably has something to do with the fact that you can purchase a metric ton of grits for less than seventeen cents, so it has become a historic staple on the breakfast tables of Black families. Although I could not find a Gallup poll or government statistics comparing the percentages of Black people who eat grits to Whites (Yet another reason to distrust The U.S. Census Bureau), the fact that most of my white Southern  friends sometimes refer to them as “Hominy” and my suburban middle-class associates give me a quizzical look when I talk about grits until I say “polenta” is evidence that this is a discussion for Black people.

Plus, when talking about seasoning and spices, always bet on Black.

I don’t find fault with my Black friends who don’t like grits. They are allowed. Although, when anyone tries to derail a grits conversation by equating it to Cream of Wheat or oatmeal, I believe they are intentionally trying to distract the attention of the grits-loving population. It’s like talking about real hip hop and having someone bring up Vanilla Ice–you are immediately disqualified. Your vote doesn’t count. Be gone.

But let’s get to the people who like sugar on their grits.

You are what is wrong with this country. You are the part of the constituency of people who want participation trophies and don’t believe kids with bad grades should flunk. You want to live in a sweet and saccharine world. You probably believe in “safe spaces” and think Kenny G is jazz.

Well guess what? The world is not like that.  Everything shouldn’t be sweet. You are handicapping your taste buds and insulting the memories of the people who gave their blood, sweat and tears to plant, grow, harvest and grind the corn that you have dishonored and debased by defiling them with Dixie Crystal.

Sugar on grits is an abomination. It is a microagression. Many people don’t know that Harriet Tubman carried a shotgun and would kill anyone who she thought might endanger the lives or compromise the secrecy of the Underground Railroad… or who liked sugar on their grits. One of the ways King James modified the original Bible was to remove the “B clause” from the sixteenth verse of  the 3rd chapter of Revelation, which originally said “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth as though thy were sugar grits.” If you look through the historical archives, before Martin Luther King edited his speech at the March On Washington, there was a sentence at the end that said:

“I have a dream, that the people who believe in the supremacy that robs us of our our dignity, our right to vote and our freedom to live as full citizens will one day suffer the same fate as those who believe slavery was a noble institution, women should not have the right to vote and sugar belongs in grits.”

People who have refined taste buds know anything tastes better with sugar on it, but that doesn’t mean you should eat sugar on grits… or microwave grits… or Kwik grits. God made grits perfect. The only variation you should ever consider is white grits or yellow. If you sprinkled granulated Domino sugar over a bowl of naturally fertilized potting soil, it might be edible, but you’re still eating shit. People who eat sugar on their grits are capable of anything–murder, theft, slowing down when they change lanes…

God likes salt on his grits. Satan prefers sugar. Donald Trump likes sugar on his grits. Bernie Sanders likes salt. (Hillary Clinton used to prefer sugar, but recently issued a statement calling it an “unfortunate choice of seasoning” that is now part of her past, and it is time for America to move forward.)

But I understand there are objections. There are people who believe Lebron is better than Jordan, the Madea movies are funnier than the Friday movies and Chris Brown can outdance Michael Jackson. Some people just weren’t raised right.

If you ever catch someone putting sugar on their grits, don’t try to stop them–they are obviously crazy and could hurt in you the same way they are harming their breakfast. Just let someone know. Like they say–if you see something, say something.

And if you have young children who want to sprinkle something sweet over their breakfast, explain to them that there are some things you will not allow in your house–drugs, Young Thug albums and sugar grits. If they object, then you should take their plate and fix them a bowl of Corn Flakes. When they ask why, inform them that there are standards and traditions that everyone should pass to the next generation. Tell them that Jesus didn’t die on the cross for them to ruin his creation with sugar. Finally tell them that you offered them one of the oldest and most filling breakfasts in the history of Black people, and if they need sugar to consume it…

Maybe they just don’t like grits.

 

*Editors note: As a point of clarification, the original author would like to note that he was not debating whether or not white people eat grits–only that he does not factor in their votes when considering any seasoning-related topic.

About the author

Michael Harriot is a renowned spoken word poet, the host of The Black One podcast and the editor-in-chief of NegusWhoRead. He is perpetually just getting warmed up because he has no chill. He is on Instagram and twitter as @michaelharriot

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  • Yelijha

    lmbooo

  • So the south has been doing it wrong since… well, America. Because sweet oven-baked grits and millet with pecans and maple syrup is off the chain delicious. It’s better than northerners, ‘cuz dang… sugar in cornbread is cake. Put the sugar in the tea!

    • Reality Check

      #Sugardiabetes

    • lomax

      I’m from Mississippi. We don’t do it like that. Terrorist

    • Paul Cooley

      My parents were both born and raised in mississippi with the rest of their families and they will cut you for that accusation

    • Katrina Sharee

      My daddy was from Alabama and my mom is from South Carolina. We don’t do that ish in that South. That’s an abomination. Salt, pepper, butter, and cheese – these are the acceptable ingredients.

    • Some fuckin dude.

      Oven baked grits with millet pecans and maple syrup…

      Where you from? I mean seriously.

  • Ronald Simmons

    I can’t believe you wrote a whole article on grits, and by the way I love sugar in my grits!

    • SamuelRossLee

      You, sir, should NOT be allowed to post comments on the internet. Or to go into the kitchen at ANY time in LIFE to mess with the grits. LoLoL

  • Families the world over should be able to enjoy their breakfast without the diabolical fanaticism of suger grits and this who eat them, lurking in their kitchens and dining rooms!

    It’s about time we set the record straight.

    You’re either with or against us.

    Our strategery is sound and just.

  • MarieWho

    Grits are not made from corn.

    • dbattle

      Yes. They are.

    • miketothad

      You’re on the internet, dummy.

  • Chris Foisey

    This is DEFINITELY not a BLACK discussion. There are WAY more whites that eat grits but that fact doesnt make this a WHITE discussion either.

    Grits are ALSO not just something to have at breakfast. Grits are a 3 meal a day side dish. Shrimp and grits, fish and grits……whatever and grits; well, except for SUGAR and grits. Grits are not cream of wheat or oatmeal…….they are a southern delicacy that shall not be violated with the infiltration of sugar……such an act is an abomination and I’m sure is against the law in every state in the south besides Texas.

    • ..

    • Paul Cooley

      Lets see , shrimp and grits is a gullah dish in origin and if you dont know what that means look it up. Seafood for breakfast is entirely african. It has nothing to do with america nor the european citizens who live here. Most whites dont eat grits, be serious. If you do and youre in the south, its because we showed you. The way you eat in the south, is currently and entirely-due to what and how african slaves cooked for whites. Actually after slavery as well. So yeah, black conversation. I know how much yall hate being left out. You can add this yet another thing youre excluded from.

      • Chris Foisey

        You are wrong on so many levels. Shrimp and grits is not a gullah dish in origin, I’m from SC…..don’t get me started on educating you on the origins of shrimp and grits or our southern cuisine.

        Definitely not a black discussion. You act like the vast majority of white southerners were slave owners. Actually, a very small percentage owned slaves. What do you think the rest of the white southerners ate? We all got BBQ from the natives of North America. GERMANS brought pig to the United States…….you think blacks invented fried chicken, collard greens, etc? Please stop, you look really ignorant. Chitterlings…..that’s a black discussion. You can own that discussion all you want.

        I said way MORE whites eat grits than blacks…..i did NOT say most whites eat grits.

        • Paul Cooley

          Your state? Youre the descendant of invaders. Listen, Im not about to argue with you about my culture and your lack there of. What is a white kid doing on site called negus? You can’t tell me anything about shrimp or grits because none of these things are similar to any of the things you people ate in Europe. Know what the things we eat in the south today mirror? West African food. If what people eat in south was similar to what yall ate in Europe i could agree, but since “southern food” is prepared similar to the way west Africans still cook today then im sorry. You can’t sit with us. And no, still, more of you don’t eat grits and you know it so why lie?

          • Chris Foisey

            I am bit a descendant of invaders. No, what WE eat in the south DOES NOT mirror west African food.

            As for more whites eating grits……it’s a statistical fact.

          • Chris Foisey

            I am bit a descendant of invaders. No, what WE eat in the south DOES NOT mirror west African food.

            As for more whites eating grits……it’s a statistical fact.

          • Chris Foisey

            White kid? I’m a grown man. You’re ignorant…..you have no clue as to what was indigenous to North America prior to the Atlantic slave trade. You are CLUELESS.

        • llaneyx

          Umm, Slaves brought collard greens to America….they are originally native to Africa,South America and small parts of the Mediterranean. And by the way, do you have evidence that way more whites eat grits? That is not a fact, and neither would it be if I said way more blacks ate it.

      • Chris Foisey

        Grits is my state’s OFFICIAL food. Trying to tell me about ANYTHING grits related is like trying to teach Bill Gates or Oprah in how to make money

      • Chris Foisey

        Grits is my state’s OFFICIAL food. Trying to tell me about ANYTHING grits related is like trying to teach Bill Gates or Oprah in how to make money

      • Conservativefemale43

        Paul, you got some serious prejudice going on. Most whites were poorer than dirt and made do with what they had…at least those where I come from in the Appalachian Mountains…Do you REALLY believe all whites had money and “learned” to eat Southern food from their slaves? If you do, you got some SERIOUS ignorance going on up in here. You ever eat Polk Salad? Creasy Greens? Possum? Coon? Squirrel? Wild Rabbit? Groundhog? My family did… And they went out and caught it too… And I can assure you NO slave taught my family how to do it… None of my family ever owned slaves. We were POOR sharecroppers… Today fondly known as “hillbillies” and “white trash” … Please crawl out of your college or media induced ignorance and realize that this county and its people are incredibly complex and different… It’s NOT as (excuse the expression) black and white as people like you make it.

        • Paul Cooley

          The foods you named has nothing to do with soulfood. im commenting on the young idiot above trying to pretend that whites are grit aficionados when its a widely known fact that yall did not eat them because they were supposedly beneath you.

          • Chris Foisey

            You are wrong. I don’t know where you get this nonsense from.

          • Chris Foisey

            You are wrong. I don’t know where you get this nonsense from.

          • Chris Foisey

            Widely known fact? Produce your source on this “fact” or stfu.

          • Conservativefemale43

            So, Paul, you honestly believe that no whites would have had grits, fatback, or collards without a slave showing them how to cook and eat them? How exactly did my poor-ass mountain family learn to cook from slaves when we were no where near anyone who owned slaves and sure as hell never owned any ourselves? In fact on my mama’s side, we WERE slaves, or as progressives prefer to say: “indentured servants” not slaves. My grandma and great grandma were two of the best cooks I ever knew – they made cornbread, fried pork chops and chicken (when we actually even had meat) collards, turnip greens, pintos, fried taters, and the other stuff I mentioned… And quit saying “y’all” & insinuating those foods were below ME personally… I was GLAD to have anything more than pinto beans and taters!! Grits, collards, and vegetables cooked with fatback were my favorite foods. I literally knew nothing else growing up. I have NEVER been too “good” to eat anything…and if any of my ancestors were, then 1. I cannot help what people did 150+ years ago; and 2. I think they were pretentious idiots too if they were that way.

          • Some fuckin dude.

            Did you just say Greens got nothing to do with soul food?

      • Some fuckin dude.

        “most whites don’t eat grits”….

        Clearly you aren’t from the South.

      • Some fuckin dude.

        “most whites don’t eat grits”….

        Clearly you aren’t from the South.

    • Lelia Collins

      Now I want fish n grits

  • newtothis

    horrible article

    • Some fuckin dude.

      Says someone who puts sugar on their grits.

  • Corinthian S

    I am cream of wheat girl to say my entire family eats grits but we don’t put sugar on either one. I never known not one person to put sugar on their grits until my son came home one day from living with his father for a year and ask for sugar on his grits. He had pick the habit up from his father’s girlfriend children. I was shock and gave him a lecture on diabetes. The only condiment belongs in grits is sea salt and pepper.

  • Conservativefemale43

    I am white, and grits are definitely also a Southern poor, white food! I grew up eating grits…and collards, and fried meat, and taters, and beans, and anything cooked with fatback!!! I think people forget us white trash folks. Oh, and I eat them with sugar!!

    • Christopher D Bradford

      You was cool until that last line, haha

    • Christopher D Bradford

      You was cool until that last line, haha

    • Some fuckin dude.

      Was upvoted until I read that last line. You goin to Gitmo.

    • Paul Cooley

      Well collards made the voyage from africa. I like how yall include yourselves in our culture. Fat back is just scraps that whites thought they were too good to eat and gave to african slaves. I guess soulfood is cool now but it was originally considered waste food and that includes grits . But go ahead and pretend that yall were smart enough to transform these scraps your forfathers gave us into what you now know. at one point in time grits , collards and especially fatback were beneath yall. Pass the salt.

      • Chris Foisey

        Grits were traded as currency before slaves ever stepped foot on this continent. Collards made the voyage????? You can’t be serious….

        • Paul Cooley

          No im dead serious genius. ? ALL Africans still eat greens . We brought collards, OKRA (another west African word) and avocado which is also native to Africa. Lots of cultures eat offal but none of them are European so please stop being a typical racist by claiming things have nothing whatsoever to do with you.

          • Chris Foisey

            You didn’t bring anything!!! All were HERE before a slave stepped foot in North America your ignorance is unbelievable.

        • Paul Cooley

          No im dead serious genius. ? ALL Africans still eat greens . We brought collards, OKRA (another west African word) and avocado which is also native to Africa. Lots of cultures eat offal but none of them are European so please stop being a typical racist by claiming things have nothing whatsoever to do with you.

      • Chris Foisey

        Grits were traded as currency before slaves ever stepped foot on this continent. Collards made the voyage????? You can’t be serious….

      • Chris Foisey

        WTF do you think the NON slave owners ate?????? you know THE VAST MAJORITY of the southerners back then.

        • Paul Cooley

          The people who didn’t own slaves copied us too just like you’re still doing today. I guess the ate cornbeef and cabbage, potatoes, shepherds pie. That’s YOUR food. Claim that. Other uninteresting bland foods but who tf really cares. I just don’t think you should be claiming African dishes or things prepared in the likeness of the way Africans cook.

        • Paul Cooley

          The people who didn’t own slaves copied us too just like you’re still doing today. I guess the ate cornbeef and cabbage, potatoes, shepherds pie. That’s YOUR food. Claim that. Other uninteresting bland foods but who tf really cares. I just don’t think you should be claiming African dishes or things prepared in the likeness of the way Africans cook.

          • Chris Foisey

            Copied you? There was nothing too copy!!! Y’all can claim CHITTERLINGS. that’s it. Shepherds pie? Cornbeef and cabbage? Lol, so that’s all white people ate before they came to America? You are clueless.

      • Chris Foisey

        WTF do you think the NON slave owners ate?????? you know THE VAST MAJORITY of the southerners back then.

      • Conservativefemale43

        Not beneath me or my family or ancestors. We were always poor. We never had slaves. Most of my ancestors spent their time in jail from being drunk or fighting. I love how some black people think no white person has ever been “that” poor or “that” disadvantaged. Go to my hometown in the Appalachian mountains…you’ll see plenty of white folk who have NEVER had anything! We ate what we had and did the best with what we could…it’s NOT always “soul” food, it’s straight-up poor people’s food. And I’m not ashamed of where I come from!!! Handmade quilts, drinking water from a bucket from the well, using my grandma’s two-seater outhouse. Hell, middle class white people hate me more than they hate you… Read “Revelation” by Flannery O’Connor sometime… White trash is the lowest of the low.

        • Flyn2hi

          Except for the lovely privilege you had of having white skin. No back of the buses for you!

          • Conservativefemale43

            No bus for us because there were no buses where I cam from – still aren’t. My people walked. Now they drive crap cars that are about 15 years old. Besides, I didn’t live during the Jim Crow South, but you seem intent on holding me accountable for it…cause I could totally affect history by time travel or something. Did you grow up during segregation and Jim Crow?

        • Paul Cooley

          Nope. Just soulfood. And the least you could say is thank you.

          • Conservativefemale43

            OK, I looked it up; grits are originally a Native American food… So, since half my family is Irish and half Cherokee; now I know where the grits thing came from. Same with the greens as Indians and Africans swapped recipes and cooked together way back when…that explains my culture a little more…it is heavily Cherokee, and I just thought it was poor.

        • Paul Cooley

          Nope. Just soulfood. And the least you could say is thank you.

    • miketothad

      “Conservative”… Go figger.
      You’ve got the “trash” part down, though.

      • Conservativefemale43

        Ah, so because I’m conservative, I’m trash. Nice stereotyping there, Mike. Nice open mind, kind words, and tolerant attitude. You must be a progressive.

        • miketothad

          LOL….Awwwww….
          You’re 90% white.
          NOBODY plays the victim like a Reich winger.

          • Conservativefemale43

            I’m not a victim of anything but your lame-ass insults.

          • miketothad

            “Conservative female” = idiot.
            Go make me a sandwich, moron.

        • miketothad

          LOL….Awwwww….
          You’re 90% white.
          NOBODY plays the victim like a Reich winger.

  • JaQuette

    This is the most hilarious thing I’ve read this week, and Lord knows I needed this with the kind of week I’ve had! Thanks for sharing!

  • Donald Imboden

    Your a racist piece of shit. “This is a black thing.” This could have been a fun article, but then you have to degrade others thought process because the color of their skin. Very poor taste. And way to be one of the racist that helps perpetuate the cycle of hate in this w works. You sir… Are the problem with society. And it’s a dad day that no one else corrected you. If I did the same article only replacing the word black with white there would be nothing but hatred in these comments… Oh yeah… I forgot… You cannot be racist if you’re black…

    • When8x8x8is4

      The medicine won’t work, if you don’t take it…

      • Donald Imboden

        What medicine do you mean exactly? Am I supposed to sit back and smile and have the Caucasian race excluded from something because a person thinks that a food should be designated to a specific color of person? This article was ignorant and racist. There was no medicine about it.

        • Some fuckin dude.

          Give it a rest Donnie. Sincerely: a white southerner.

        • llaneyx

          You’re really offended over grits? It’s that big of a deal? When exactly did the author excluded whites? No one say whites don’t eat grits, but they are very popular among blacks.

    • Flyn2hi

      It doesn’t feel good to be left out of the game, does it?

      • Donald Imboden

        What does your comment mean to insinuate? Because I fight my entire life to get away from racism. From all aspects. You think because I’m Caucasian that I don’t get treated racistly? I’m just sick of everyone treating people racistly and then pointing the finger at the white man. It’s the same type of attitude as this ignorant ass comment that keeps the problems going on in the world. Because you may or may not have been treated racist in the passage justifies treating somebody else with a negative attitude? And we wonder why people are dying in our streets for nothing other than the color of our skin. I could sit here and tell you that you should look in the mirror and be ashamed of yourself. But that’s a personal decision.

        • Flyn2hi

          “Poor Poor Donnie.” He comes to a site called “NegusWhoRead” just to become offended because it contains an an article about black people and “grits” of all things. Then he wants to call the writer racist and troll the comments of black people to complain about how racist we are because he feels the article isn’t inclusive of his white race. Well guess what Donnie? We no longer give a damn. Don’t go to a party you are not invited to and then complain about the food (no pun intended). This article was not written for you, nor was Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance performed for you, neither was James Brown’s “I’m Black and I’m Proud” written for you. How many racst jokes do you know Donnie, that defame black people because of their skin color? Now think of how many white jokes you have heard that do the same. Are you ashamed yet? How can he (the writer), or we (the intended readers), be the problem with society when for years we have sat in a petulant silence and said nothing in our lifetimes about how just 60 years ago we used separate schools, restrooms, drinking fountains, and we couldn’t eat at white lunch counters. Where is your outrage over that? The fact that we were only considered 3/5 a man by the US Konstitution, that one drop of black blood made you black, that we couldn’t vote, that to this day we still are not “free.” My comment insinuates that until you acknowledge all of the ways blacks have had to suffer to even get to write a blog like this, take your whining somewhere else to like “Shit white folks eat,” and move the hell on. Shut up about being left out until you’re forced to sit at the back of the bus. This article was about how black people take their grits. Unless you are planning to serve them, you can save your righteous indignation about the nastiness of this racist article for someone who cares. We will no longer be catering to you to spare your feeling. Yes, I used feeling as in one, because that is all you are capable of displaying. Racism.

          • Donald Imboden

            Then I guess by your logic the next time I see a white man calling a black man a nigger that I will just look at the black man and say that he shouldn’t have got in the white man’s conversation… I may be an asshole. But I fight for equal rights for every race regardless of the subject consistently. You don’t know who I am but you automatically assume that because I’m white that I partake in needless racist jokes against somebody of a different color. When the only thing that I’ve stated is that racism is racism regardless of who has perpetrated against. But you sit here and justify the race is on because it’s not against you. So I hope that next time somebody calls you a stupid nigger you can look in the mirror and be like I just defended his right to do this.

      • Some fuckin dude.

        /looks up from a bowl of cheese grits…..

        /continues to eat cheese grits

        dunno what ur on about.

      • Some fuckin dude.

        /looks up from a bowl of cheese grits…..

        /continues to eat cheese grits

        dunno what ur on about.

    • Miss

      i still dont see how this piece is racist or hateful. No racse was insulted here The only one who is hateful is you. Saying anything is “black”(which a lot of american culture come from btw) seem to piss you off. lol

      • Donald Imboden

        To state in a written form that they believe the only people who should have an opinion on this is blacks because this is black food is belittling everybody’s intelligence. But again I understand. It’s only racist when a white person does it.

      • Donald Imboden

        Not all racism is just directed as saying something specifically negative against a person because the color of their skin. This is also a form of racism as it tries to exclude an entire race because of the color of their skin from a conversation about something that everybody experiences.

        • Some fuckin dude.

          You feel excluded? Go eat some grits.

          Just don’t put sugar on them.

      • Cori

        I love sugar and cheese in my grits ????

  • Robert Monroe, Jr.

    LOL!!!!

  • Robert Monroe, Jr.

    LOL!!!!

  • Aphex

    Slippery slope and strawman arguments. Your opinion is just that, and invalidated as you can’t even approach the subject with anything closely resembling an open mind. Get off the computer and learn what real people do, rather than focusing your narrow viewpoint on skewed polls.

  • kareema

    So no one saw the tittle of this pathetic as story…weird stick to what you know bro..

  • David Farris

    No, grits are NOT the same as couscous as that is made from wheat. Maize (aka corn) is native to the Americas not North Africa. Grits are also known as hominy grits and were originally an American Indian dish. Whites and blacks (mostly in the South) adopted it from the Indians. Poor whites and poor blacks (which have been the majority of the South’s population since the start of the US) generally ate the same foods, many of them adopted from the Indians (like grits and barbecued meats).

    • In Algeria,we made Couscous from Cornmeal.The Portuguese and Brazilians also make theirs from cornmeal,and they call it cuzcuz. It depends upon what region of the world you’re from as to what it’s made of.

      • Some fuckin dude.

        Corn isn’t from north africa. Grits are made from corn. Your argument is invalid.

        • When was the last time you were in Algeria? You can go to any store in north Africa and buy cornmeal.Maize is grown all over Africa.The Algerian government subsidizes farmers who grow maize.Your argument is beyond ignorant.Your dumb*ss needs to google maize crops in North Africa.I love how you fake *ss profiles always try to tell someone who’s lived a situation that they’re wrong.If I posted the dumb sh*t you post,i wouldn’t use my real name either.

          • ultragreen

            Maize may be cultivated and used in couscous in North Africa now, however it was introduced into North Africa from the Americas.

          • I happen to be a Sephardic Jew.We’ve been eating Tiras (maize) for 4,000 years. Are you saying that the original Jews somehow made it to America and back maize?

        • Get out your Bible and read Genesis 41:49…..And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.

          • ultragreen

            In Great Britain, “corn” is a generic name for any cultivated grain, including wheat. Thus, the “corn” in the Bible (e.g., in the King James translation) actually refers to wheat (Triticum aestivum or another Triticum species). In the United States, the word “corn” always refers to “maize” (Zea mays). You have been mislead by the different meanings of “corn” by the British and the Americans.

          • The Torah wasn’t written in English,or Great Britain. It was written in Babylon..It was written in Hebrew and Aramaic. No one even knew the Americas existed 4000 years ago. We’ve been eating tiras for at least 4000 years. What you’re espousing is a bunch of European conjecture that can’t be proven..

        • Get out your Bible and read Genesis 41:49…..And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.

        • You also need to read up on Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple at Dier el-Bahri on the Nile River .One of her murals includes a maize cob and a pineapple. Now how did ancient Egyptians know about maize and pineapples?

        • You also need to read up on Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple at Dier el-Bahri on the Nile River .One of her murals includes a maize cob and a pineapple. Now how did ancient Egyptians know about maize and pineapples?

          • Some fuckin dude.

            Multi-posting and personal attacks are the mark of emotional investment in an internet argument. Peace out hotep.

          • Actually, it’s the mark of trying to educate an ignoramus who doesn’t know what the h*ll he’s talking about. People in Africa have been eating maize for thousands of years.

          • Some fuckin dude.

            You bragging about culturally appropriating Mexican food? Yes you are!

          • Sincer Egyptians ate couscous made from maize 3000 years ago,how is it Mexican?

          • Some fuckin dude.

            Did you really just say that corn existed in Egypt 3000 years ago? Hotep, set the pipe DOWN.

            You gotta be trollin. Nobody is that uneducated. I mean nobody.

          • Google it .There are figurines of Egyptian women grinding maize 2500 years ago.You just don’t know about it.. Queen Hatshepsut had maize in her tomb.Evidently you’re just as ignorant as your posts portray you to be.

          • Just google “Egyptian tomb figure of a woman grinding corn using a saddle quern c2500 BC”. and you’ve learned something today.

          • Some fuckin dude.

            Stay woke!

          • Evidently you’re having a problem dealing with the TRUTH that is contrary to your obvious abject stupidity. Maybe you need to stay awake and learn. (Mic drop).

          • As far as being uneducated,i think I just showed you how uneducated you are.It’s really tedious trying to educate people who are just too dense to learn.

          • ultragreen

            Couscous was made from wheat 3000 years ago. Today, couscous may be made from maize in some areas of North Africa and the Middle East, however maize was introduced into the Old World from the Americas. You have been mislead by the ambiguous meaning of the word “corn.” The British use the word “corn” to refer to any cultivated grain, including wheat. In the United States, “corn” refers to maize only. You are familiar with how the Americans use this word, but you are unfamiliar with the British usage of this term.

          • Coscous has been made from corn (tiras) for thousands of years for people who can’t digest wheat. People who suffer from gluten intolerance are not a new phenomenon. You’ve been misled by typical delusions of European false knowledge of what the Sephardim ate. I’m familiar with how The Sephardim still speak Hebrew and Aramaic.

          • ultragreen

            I have not seen that mural, but the resemblance of those objects in the mural to a cob of maize and pineapple is undoubtedly superficial. Archaeological evidence does not support what you are saying.

          • You mean it’s your OPINION that it’s superficial. Maybe you aren’t reading the right archaeological sources.Please explain how Tiras (maize) was found in some sarcaphagi. You need to google “Egyptian Mummy Diet paradox”.

    • Paul Cooley

      Please stay in your yte lane. Barbecue (babaka) is a west african word for cooking out doors on an open flame. Native americans have NOTHING to do with it. and whites dont eat grits.

      • Chris Foisey

        Wrong!!!!! bbq is a method of cooking that was used all over the world…….you cant be this dense and blind to facts

      • Chris Foisey

        More whites eat grits than blacks….FACT.

        BBQ was happening in North America before slaves stepped foot on it’s soil. You ate WRONG.

      • Chris Foisey

        Barabacoa is the origin of Barbecue……it was the smoking structure used by indians to BBQ/Smoke their meat.

        • Paul Cooley

          You’re right, Actually barbacoa is what you idiots do when you cook that nasty dry brisket which is something blacks don’t eat. You stole that from native Americans. Black ppl won’t cook shredded meat. That’s barbacoa. Barbeque derives from a mende word (African) babaka , not an English one. The act of using a red tangy sauce when grilling foods is also west African in orgin. Hahaha. Yes everyone was grilling before Europeans. Apparently native Americans and West African have similar etymology of those words. So again, heres yet another element doesn’t include Europeans.

          • Chris Foisey

            Clearly you don’t know much about culinary practices of any culture except your own. You are ignorant and it’s sad. Brisket? I’m from SOUTH CAROLINA. we make BARBECUE, texas makes brisket. And next you’ll tell me that Africans brought pigs to north America.

          • Paul Cooley

            I know that the food your people ate in Europe looks nothing like what’s eaten in the south. Meanwhile i can point to similarities in what my people ate in Africa. And it doesnt matter what yall Barbeque. It’s boring and its not your own. Thats all.

          • Chris Foisey

            Sure you don’t know what you’re talking about.

            Thank the germans for pigs being in North America, and the natives for their BBQ technique. None of which had anything to do with anything African. Additionally, you clearly know nothing of italian, greek, Spanish (actually from Spain) or German cuisine.

          • Chris Foisey

            Sure you don’t know what you’re talking about.

            Thank the germans for pigs being in North America, and the natives for their BBQ technique. None of which had anything to do with anything African. Additionally, you clearly know nothing of italian, greek, Spanish (actually from Spain) or German cuisine.

          • Chris Foisey

            Blacks don’t eat BRISKET? YOU are one ignorant moron. Blacks don’t eat BRISKET?

          • Paul Cooley

            You mad ?

          • Chris Foisey

            Nah, just laughing at your ignorance

          • Chris Foisey

            Nah, just laughing at your ignorance

      • Chris Foisey

        Again, I’m from South Carolina……the MECCA of bbq. You really should do some research.

        • Paul Cooley

          Mecca of barbecue ? No thanks to Europeans. You should do some research . However , we all know that you’ve done your research and it keeps pointing back to Africans ?. Then you’ll sit your molded mayo self here and say whites brought pigs and various things yet Africans brought nothing even though there’s so many things available in the US that are native to Africa. Stop . You’re an example of what happens when siblings procreate.

          • Chris Foisey

            And inbreeding is more common in african tribes than in any European culture lol. Just stop with the failed insults, do some research and stfu.

          • Some fuckin dude.

            Mecca? Ya’ll trippin. Pork is haram AF.

          • Chris Foisey

            You misspelled y’all and yes the MECCA of bbq; mecca is being used colloquially in place of using “birthplace”.

          • Some fuckin dude.

            Mecca? Ya’ll trippin. Pork is haram AF.

        • Paul Cooley

          Mecca of barbecue ? No thanks to Europeans. You should do some research . However , we all know that you’ve done your research and it keeps pointing back to Africans ?. Then you’ll sit your molded mayo self here and say whites brought pigs and various things yet Africans brought nothing even though there’s so many things available in the US that are native to Africa. Stop . You’re an example of what happens when siblings procreate.

      • David Farris

        Barbecue came from the both the natives of the Caribbean (the Taino) and Florida (the Timucua). Their word was barabicu and it entered Europe through the Spanish. The first written account of it was in 1526. And plenty of whites in the South eat grits. FFS, I grew up eating them….

      • David Farris

        Barbecue came from the both the natives of the Caribbean (the Taino) and Florida (the Timucua). Their word was barabicu and it entered Europe through the Spanish. The first written account of it was in 1526. And plenty of whites in the South eat grits. FFS, I grew up eating them….

      • Some fuckin dude.

        How dare you offhandedly negate the genocided native tribes of North America whose eradicated population was replaced by hyperfertile european settlers and their imported (and also hyperfertile) african labor force.

        RACISM I SAY TO YOU RACISM

      • Some fuckin dude.

        How dare you offhandedly negate the genocided native tribes of North America whose eradicated population was replaced by hyperfertile european settlers and their imported (and also hyperfertile) african labor force.

        RACISM I SAY TO YOU RACISM

    • Chris Foisey

      David, you are 100% correct

  • Chris Wellz

    LMFAOOOOOOOOOOO! Good read. Although, I’m a sugar and butter on grits kinda guy on Sundays, pepper with salt and cheese on grits on Mondays. The most important truth about each and every one of us that has peculiar tastes, eat food in a fashion that you enjoy most—you can disregard everyone else’s opinions on how you should eat. Here’s how you should eat: If you fixed up a meal on how you wanted it, enjoyed it, then you did it correctly.

  • Tecoffee Cafeart

    To be clear, I prefer honey over Dixie or Dominoe sugar crystals. That’s all.

  • Flash Cloud

    I’m eating sugar with grits right now. Watch out!

  • Flash Cloud

    I’m eating sugar with grits right now. Watch out!

  • Justsayin’!

    Sugar on grits!? Puh-leeze. I’m from New Orleans. We don’t do that. Those who do should be kicked out of the country and banished to the coldest, most desolate parts of Siberia!

  • Ceretta S

    This is a very funny article. Nevertheless, I’m southern born & raised (South GA) and I have put suga on my grits since I was a child!

  • wytzox1

    I grew up with milk and sugar on Cream Of Wheat and “grits” is just something Jethro eats on Beverly Hillbillies so I’m really not qualified to participate in this debate. BUT as a Chicagoan I never put ketchup on a hot dog nor do ever refer to Pop as soda. ☺

  • wytzox1

    I grew up with milk and sugar on Cream Of Wheat and “grits” is just something Jethro eats on Beverly Hillbillies so I’m really not qualified to participate in this debate. BUT as a Chicagoan I never put ketchup on a hot dog nor do ever refer to Pop as soda. ☺

  • BoboWanKenobi

    Allahu Sugar!

    I’ve put sugar on my grits since I could eat them. It’s especially good when they’re drowned in butter, too.

  • coley

    I laughed harder than i have all week on this article. OMG!! But YESS!!! Sugar on grits is def a terrorist action!

  • Victoria Davidson

    Well i eat salt, sugar and butter in my Grits. I feel you cant have one with out the other.

  • Comical, yes, ignoramus, yes. People prepare grits in different way for different periods of the day. Sugar in grits for breakfast is almost the same alternative to hot buttered sweet rice which is innately a Southern preference. On the other hand, you wouldn’t want sugar in your grits when having it for dinner or lunch with dishes like Shrimp and Grits.Polenta is also a variation of a cornmeal-based dish that can be served savory or sweet. There is no right or wrong way to prepare grits in reference to salty or sweet, it’s corn and if you haven’t had Sweet Corn, Corn with Salt or even Southern creamed sweet corn, you’d know cooks use them often for both.

    • Chris Foisey

      Sugar in grits is wrong…….there is a right way to make grits, and then there are those that ruin them worn sugar.

      • Wrong to who? People who won’t be sharing your grits with you? Some people like salty popcorn and some people like kettle corn. Preference is subjective. You’re probably a chitterlings eater as well….

  • Willy D

    …as though thy were sugar grits….

    People who like sugar on their grits know this should read “thou”, not “thy”…

  • J W

    Sugar on grits is basically West Indian cornmeal porridge. It actually isn’t that far-fetched.

  • MrTToftheWest

    Lol you are certainly the true grits aficionado!

  • I assure you that white people eat grits too. I grew up on them in Texas. Salt and butter for the basic version, or baked with cheese, Jimmy Dean sausage and RoTel for a holiday brunch. I’ve never heard of sugar on grits, but this blasphemy must be stamped out immediately. Thank you for doing your part.

  • Rizzy

    great article man. Funny, funny stuff!! Hahahaa! Spot on with the writing…

  • N J Kimmie

    I have never (until about 2-3 years ago) heard of sugar on grits. It has always been salt, pepper and butter in my family on both sides for as long as I can remember. Me being me willing to try new things tried the sugar thing on grits and they were disgusting so I said maybe they need butter as well so I added butter STILL horrible so I chucked the bowl in the trash. Then I got to thinking maybe I should have cooked the butter and sugar into them so I did and STILL horrible. So it’s salt pepper and butter for me.

  • Some fuckin dude.

    Totally willing to cede this one to black folks, but I will say that every white person I knew in the South (raised in Alabama) ate grits. Either way, terrorists put sugar on them.

    Thats why it was handed out with breakfast to find Yankee spies during the Civil War. Sugar = you up shit creek.

  • SamuelRossLee

    This is HILARIOUSLY perfect!!!!

  • Paul Cooley

    NURREDIN, I get what youre saying but the people replying to you are white. When it comes to cultural connections they lose all sense of rational because they have none, culture that is. Youre CLEARLY saying that because we were out of our element and without our well known staple we were used to, we found something else to replace and simply made due with what we had. I will say i have met a many continental africans echo your sentiment who liken grits to a porridge dish from back home. Thank you for setting them straight.

  • T D

    Why can’t it be MY CHOICE to eat MY GRITS the way I LIKE THEM? I like sugar and butter on my grits…the way I like them…and made with milk of course…

  • T D

    Why can’t it be MY CHOICE to eat MY GRITS the way I LIKE THEM? I like sugar and butter on my grits…the way I like them…and made with milk of course…

    • Chris Foisey

      Because there are rules, regulations and laws in life. You are violating the law of grits by destroying them with sugar

  • Chris Foisey

    Africans didnt bring grits to north America…..try again. Grits were traded/used as currency by the natives.

    • Like I said,they brought Coucous, which is a larger cut. The ancient Egyptians made Couscous from maize.

  • Who cares

    None of y’all make sense. Eat what you want and how you want. Even the label on grits says you can use anything from salt to sugar to honey and that’s from the makers of grits. Most things naturally have sugar anyway. Those screaming diabetes well high blood pressure and clogged arteries ain’t no better with all that butter and salt.

    • Chris Foisey

      Nope, not on the grits i buy.

    • Chris Foisey

      Nope, not on the grits i buy.

  • Jennifer Lynn Ringo

    Great writing. Hilarious! #teamsalt #mississippi

  • Cheyenne

    Fair warning: anybody who puts sugar on my grits will be wearing those grits. IJS.

  • Miranda

    Too much salt or sugar is bad for ya health

  • Kathie

    My family likes to eat our grits BOTH ways!!!! Butery and salty or Buttery and sweet!!!

  • Some fuckin dude.

    Ya’ll arguing over who invented what kind of poor folks food. The operative word in the equation isn’t afriacan or european, its not black or white. Its POOR.

    Now anyone one of ya’ll sugar grits eating barbarians can just stay the hell away from my twice baked cheese & fried meat grits.

  • Some fuckin dude.

    Ya’ll arguing over who invented what kind of poor folks food. The operative word in the equation isn’t afriacan or european, its not black or white. Its POOR.

    Now anyone one of ya’ll sugar grits eating barbarians can just stay the hell away from my twice baked cheese & fried meat grits.

  • Btea

    Hell, it the grits the way you like to eat them!! It’s no one’s business how you eat them!

  • Lelia Collins

    That was too hilarious. Butter Salt n Pepper all day on my grits

  • Lelia Collins

    That was too hilarious. Butter Salt n Pepper all day on my grits

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