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OBEY - Bias By Numbers Men's Tee, Black

$ 38.00 USD
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Black
165262708M-BLK-S

This tee is based on a Shepard Fairey piece from 2017 (more on this below).  Proceeds will be split between Black Lives Matter and Know Your Rights Camp Covid-19 Fund.  Part of the OBEY Awareness campaign.

BIAS BY NUMBERS ADDRESSES RACIAL BIAS IN POLICING, CRIMINAL JUSTICE, AND MEDIA CULTURE. RACIAL BIAS IN POLICING AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE HAS A LONG HISTORY, INCLUDING STATS LIKE – BLACK PEOPLE BEING FIVE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE STOPPED AND SEARCHED THAN WHITE PEOPLE, AND FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE SUBJECTED TO UNNECESSARY USE OF FORCE, OR FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE KILLED BY THE POLICE WHEN UNARMED. THE STATISTICS REVEALING RACIAL BIAS IN PROSECUTION AND SENTENCING ARE COMPELLING AS WELL. THOUGH RECREATIONAL DRUG USE IS EQUALLY COMMON IN BOTH PREDOMINANTLY BLACK COMMUNITIES AND PREDOMINANTLY WHITE COMMUNITIES, CONVICTIONS FOR DRUG POSSESSION ARE ALMOST SIX TIMES HIGHER FOR BLACKS. BLACKS FREQUENTLY RECEIVE LONGER PRISON SENTENCES THAN WHITES CONTRIBUTING TO AFRICAN AMERICANS BEING INCARCERATED AT MORE THAN FIVE TIMES THE RATE OF WHITES.

RACIAL BIAS IN POLICE ENFORCEMENT UNDERMINES PUBLIC TRUST AND PRESENTS A SIGNIFICANT THREAT TO THE LEGITIMACY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IN ALL COMMUNITIES. HOWEVER, RACIAL BIAS AS A POLICE ISSUE MAY BE INTENSIFIED BY OTHER CULTURAL FACTORS WHICH ARE BOTH OVERT AND INSIDIOUS. MEDIA CHARACTERIZATIONS OF BLACK PROTESTERS USE WORDS SUCH AS “AGITATORS,” “LAWLESS THUGS,” “HOODLUMS” AND MANY MORE, WHEREAS DESCRIPTIONS OF WHITE PROTESTERS TYPICALLY READ AS INDIVIDUALS “EXERCISING FREE SPEECH,” “EXPRESSING THEIR CONVICTIONS,” AND “SHOWING WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE.” I HOPE THIS ART DOESN’T JUST APPEAL VISUALLY BUT ALLOWS VIEWERS TO LOOK AT THE LAYERS OF INFORMATION AND FACTS AND THINK ABOUT HOW TO MAKE POSITIVE CHANGES TO PATTERNS OF INJUSTICE.

– SHEPARD

100% Cotton

Imported

Medium measures 20" wide x 29" long
Large measures 21" wide x 30" long
X-Large measures 22" wide x 31" long
XX-Large measures 23" wide x 32" long

Measurements are taken in inches and are approximate.
Chest measurements are taken from armpit to armpit.
Length measurements are taken from the top of shoulders to the bottom hemline.