Becoming a Detroit Snob or how I learned to stop whining
This story is about a T-shirt slogan that got a little full of itself. That’s soooooooo Detroit Snob. Don’t you love how those two words sound together? Detroit Snob. It feels so wrong it’s right. And it’s a slogan that fits in every sense of the word.
What began as an ironic statement has become iconic. It has evolved into a full-fledged philosophy for Desiree Cooper and Pat Williams Taitt Euseary. They are unofficial presidents of the Detroit Snob Club. It’s one of those hoity-toity, obnoxious, highfalutin types of Club – the only difference here is that pretty much anyone with attitude is welcome to join.
Those are the key words to the Detroit Snob: With Attitude. ‘Cause you cannot roll with such a bombastic bunch unless you’re willing to put yourself out there, take no guff, be fully present. In Detroit. For Detroit. Around Detroit. In other words, the next time you’re in a Detroit funk, try talking to a Detroit Snob. They’ll set you straight.
“Any way you cut it, (Detroit Snob) gets dialog going in this town,” Cooper said. “Right now, this is a message that needs to be said.” Cooper, the longtime writer and venerable columnist for The Detroit Free Press, started the Detroit Snob movement shortly after she and the paper split ways about three years ago. The idea had long floated in her head – a mixture of the youth culture she observed in the city and the concept that Detroit no longer needs to apologize for itself. Crime? Check. Scandal? Check. Endless abandonment? Check. That’s just the way it is – and it is so much more.
“I know these things are here. I don’t need to be reminded of it,” said Cooper this week during our interview. “We’re tired of apologizing for Detroit and we’re tired of explaining Detroit. And if you don’t get it, you’re just not in the Club.” Who is the Club? Any like-minded person who follows the Detroit Snob credo. (And it doesn’t hurt if they own and wear a Detroit Snob shirt. More on those later.)
What is a Detroit Snob?
A Detroit Snob is high-minded, but always down-to-earth. A Detroit Snob offers action, not excuses. A Detroit Snob is a serial optimist. A Detroit Snob finds art where others find scraps. A Detroit Snob plants green where others see gray. A Detroit Snob never offers apologies, only possibilities….PLEASE READ MORE.
C. Rae Says: I shopped small business on Saturday 11/24/12 and bought a Detroit Snob t-shirt at Flo Boutique in Midtown Detroit. I got the black long-sleeved shirt with the blingy sunburst Detroit Snob logo, oh-so-hot! I’m a Detroit Snob forever and proud to wear the moniker front and center! I’ve begged Desiree Cooper to design some bad-ass Detroit Snob door knocker earrings that I can rock too! Anyway, I’m looking forward to caps, jackets, sneakers, jewelry and lots of other smokin’ hot Detroit Snob regalia.