UW student selling racially charged sweatshirts

UW student selling racially charged sweatshirts


SWEATSHIRTS ARE CAUSING A STIR ON THE UW CAMPUS AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA. A GROUP OF COLLEGE STUDENTS IS USING THE ETSY WEBSITE TO SELL SHIRTS WITH RACIALLY CHARGED STATEMENTS PRINTED ON THEM. NBC15’S SAIRA ANWER JOINS US NOW TO TELLS US MORE. JOHN AND LEIGH, I SPOKE TO THE CREATOR OF THE THE CONTROVERSIAL SWEATSHIRTS TO SEE WHAT MOTIVATED HIM TO MAKE THEM… I ALSO SAT DOWN WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE DANE COUNTY BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB WHO SAYS HE THINKS THE STUDENT’S AGGRESSIVE MESSAGE IS MISGUIDED. THE SWEATSHIRTS ARE PRINTED WITH STATEMENTS LIKE “ALL WHITE PEOPLE ARE RACIST” ANOTHER SHIRT CONTAINS A STATEMENT THAT COULD BE INTERPRETED AS INCITING VIOLENCE AGAINST POLICE. ENEALE PICKETT, THE UW SOPHOMORE SELLING THE SHIRTS, SAYS THE INTENTION OF THE SHIRTS WAS TO BE INFLAMMATORY. “40:55 I MADE THESE SWEATSHIRTS INITIALLY TO START A CONVERSATION, AND NOW ITS TO SHIFT A CONVERSATION. BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT RACE, SEXUALITY AND GENDER, BUT NOW IM DOING IT TO MAKE THEM UNCOMFORTABLE. BECAUSE IN THIS COUNTRY, NO ONE REALLY WANTS TO TALK ABOUT THESE ISSUES UNLESS THEY’RE TRULY UNCOMFORTABLE. ” PICKETT SAYS THE SHIRTS HAVE GOTTEN RESPONSES ANYWHERE FROM DEATH THREATS TO WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT. DANE COUNTY BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS PRESIDENT MICHAEL JOHNSON READ AN ONLINE ARTICLE ABOUT THE SHIRTS AND SAYS THE MESSAGES ARE DIVISIVE. AND WHILE HE SAYS HE UNDERSTANDS THE UNDERLYING ISSUES THAT MAY HAVE MOTIVATED PICKETT TO CREATE THE SHIRTS, HE SAYS PICKETT’S STATEMENTS ARE FALSE AND MISGUIDED. ” 34:10 I THINK DESPITE HAVING FREEDOM OF SPEECH, I THINK THIS TONE AND RHETORIC DIVIDES US AS A COMMUNITY AND RIGHT IS RIGHT, WRONG IS WRONG. WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN IMPLICIT BIASES, BUT I THINK ITS WRONG TO WEAR HOODIES AND TSHIRTS SAYING ALL WHITE PEOPLE ARE DOT DOT DOT OR ALL BLACK PEOPLE ARE DOT DOT DOT. ” SO FAR PICKETT HAS SOLD 40 SWEATSHIRTS. ACCORDING TO HIS FACEBOOK PAGE, ETSY, THE WEBSITE USED TO SELL THE SHIRTS, HAS REMOVED THE SWEATSHIRT LISTINGS MULTIPLE TIMES. MICHAEL JOHNSON SAYS HE HOPES TO MEET WITH PICKETT TO DISCUSS DIFFERENT WAYS TO EXPRESS HIS MESSAGE.

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