This Woman’s Pro-Black Sweatshirt Line Is Perfect For People Fed Up With Petty Microaggressions

By Nina / mercredi 13 décembre 2017 10:00
Dealing with subtle racism is an FML that all minorities know well. This woman was fed up with swerving such remarks that she decided to let her clothing speak for her. The result is so damn awesome, the entire stock sold out within 24 hours.

Sometimes the things that frustrate you the most can give way to the greatest creations. Such is the case for Olatiwa Karade, a 19-year-old student that was fed up with dealing with racial microaggressions on a daily basis and decided to make a line of sweatshirts about it.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Karade said that she was tired of hearing people complain about having to spend the holidays with their racist relatives.

"But it’s like, ‘Okay, you’re not going to say anything to them, so why are you telling me?’"

Instead of just rolling her eyes in response, she decided to write it on a sweatshirt and sell it on Etsy along with a number of other “pro-black, anti-bullshit” statement sweatshirts that say things like “stop inviting them to the cookout” and “Africa is not a country.”

Some of them are specific to the African American experience, with statements like “don’t touch me/don’t touch my hair/don’t touch my culture” and “your founding fathers owned slaves”

But others fit a broader scope of minorities, such as the  sweatshirts that say “don’t ask me where I’m from” and “worthy of humanity.”

Apparently, she struck a chord with an entire demographic, because within 24 hours, all of the sweatshirts she had available had sold out. Karade is actively restocking, though, so if you think one of these sweatshirts would be perfect for someone on your shopping list or just for you, you can order on her Etsy shop: Splendid Rain Co.

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By  mt21mt  |  15

It is ok for her to make "pro-black" sweatshirts, and all races are supposed to be considered equal, so with this logic, I can create "pro-white" sweatshirts, right...?

By  mt21mt  |  15

It is ok for her to make "pro-black" sweatshirts, and all races are supposed to be considered equal, so with this logic, I can create "pro-white" sweatshirts, right...?

  arabian22  |  29

Too many negative votes, comment buried. Show the comment

  Ashamed_Sister  |  60

White people as a group do not hurt black people. White individuals, black individuals, and many other individuals hurt people of other races. These shirts create the impression black people are the only victims and that’s pure racism. Not only people of color need "to be supported to stop hateful mindsets" (like Arabian22 wrote), they also need help to get rid of their own hateful mindsets and these shirts have the opposite effect. It’s not O.K to overlook aggressive racism of one group only because this group was and still is the target of aggressions. Portraying one group as perpetual victims is the wrong message.

  Ashamed_Sister  |  60

"Don’t touch me, don’t touch my hair" is perfectly fine but "don’t touch my culture" is racist nonsense. If her culture includes something that should be criticized then I don’t care about her feelings. Since many years I’m outspoken against genital mutilation and I don’t care if members of a culture that practices this atrocity are offended or not. If a culture includes something that’s inspiring than I get inspired by it. A few years ago I tried dreadlocks and it’s my right to do it. No one owns this hair style. This list could be virtually endless. Only racist morons think their culture should be above criticism and imitation.

  Dave_Davington  |  33

Is it just me, or has my original comment vanished? What, is there a mod somewhere who was offended, but doesn't have the balls to just say it? For fuck's sake, come on.

  Cali  |  54

I never had balls to begin with, but we definitely didn't censor it. Quite a few comments have disappeared today, so I think it's a glitch. I'll try to straighten it out with the deaths on Monday!

  JC Shirley  |  4

If facts makes it okay, can I make a couple? "Blacks make up the largest portion of our penal system" or "Unless you were born in Africa, you are not African American"

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