This phrase is an expression of empowerment. Perfect for Father’s Day, or any other day.
“The story of black people does not begin with slavery. It does not begin with those images of war and starvation and disease that so often flash across our television screens. Our story begins with and will always be one of royalty. And when I say royalty, I do not mean it in the narrow sense of descending from the most powerful or wealthiest members of a society.
Black people are royal, each one of us born kings and queens, because our beautiful and diverse histories are full of dignified people. Regardless of power, regardless of wealth or status, black people around the world have survived the worst forms of oppression, and yet we have not given up as a people. That is the true definition of royalty. Somewhere in America today, a little boy or little girl learned that he or she is black. When that little boy or girl was called a n****r for the first time in their life, they got their first lesson in the long history of anti-blackness that enables the state to arrest, incarcerate, shoot, and kill black people unjustifiably every year with impunity. I am a black person in America. I recognize that anti-blackness was built into the very foundation of this country. It is the poison that places black people at the bottom of an imagined hierarchy of races. I also recognize that anti-blackness exists not just in white cultures. Anti-blackness is learned and it must be unlearned.
This country’s inability to honestly grapple with its deep-seated racism is a harm that cannot be overstated. The racial injustices in our society all rest upon this collective denial so that today there still exist vast racial gaps in education, in the criminal justice system, and in wealth. Thankfully, we do not have to wait for any government to make this part of reparations real. For if we as individuals learn to reach deep inside our hearts so that in our daily lives, in our daily work and interactions, we find ways to uplift the innate royalty, that is, the inherent dignity, in all black people, then we affirm the most marginalized among us and and lift this nation one step closer to its ideals.“
Hand-cut fabrics and hand-dyed tees make for a completely unique design that you won't find at the big box stores. Please contact us with any questions or concerns!
We tie-dyed the tee shown in this listing with a custom color we made by mixing non-toxic dyes. We think this color closely resembles a mustard color. If you'd like to leave this tee white and un-dyed, please choose that at check-out. If you choose to have the tee dyed please read on: We created this beautiful mustard dye blend. Because we blended this dye bath on our own, there will be splotches and unevenness found within the dye. If you do choose the hand-dyed option we can not guarantee that the tee won't bleed. Please know that once this item is washed we cannot issue refunds or exchanges. Basically: MACHINE WASH AT YOUR OWN RISK. If any of this makes you a bit unsure, choose undyed at check-out.
15% of the total gross sales from this shirt will go to Black Girls Code.
“Launched in 2011, Black Girls CODE (BGC) is devoted to showing the world that Black girls can code, and do so much more. By reaching out to the community through workshops, hackathons and after-school programs, Black Girls CODE introduces computer programming and technology to girls from underrepresented communities in technology areas such as web design, robotics, gaming, mobile app development and more. By cultivating the next generation of developers, we hope to grow the number of women of color in technology and give underrepresented girls a chance to become the future leaders in technology and the masters of their technological worlds. Black Girls CODE aspires to teach 1 million girls of color to code by 2040.”
These AMAZING photos were taken by the talented Sarah Johnson (@therealestsj on Instagram).
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