In the wake of George Floyd’s murder on May 25, rightfully outraged people across the country have mobilized on a massive scale, springing into action to do anything they can to help end racial injustice and police brutality. Brands big and small are now getting in on the action, taking a stand against police violence and the deeply prejudiced system that enables it through specially released merchandise that makes clear where their loyalties lie (and, crucially, raising some much-needed funds for relevant organizations in the process).
Many, many public personalities have also felt the need to weigh in, and if you’ve been feeling exhausted lately by some of their particularly terrible takes, I’ve got some good news: André 3000, one half of OutKast, industry icon, and all-around national treasure, is here with a good one. He’s selling an assortment of limited-edition T-shirts available (for now) through his official site, with all of the proceeds going to The Movement for Black Lives.
And these aren’t just any old tees. Made out of 100 percent recycled cotton in conjunction with fashion-crowd favorite Everbody.World, the long-sleeve shirts are inspired by the jumpsuits Three Stacks debuted throughout Outkast’s 2014 reunion tour in a piece of near-perfect performance art only he could pull off. Displayed at Art Basel later that year, the jumpsuits featured thought-provoking riffs on the state of race relations in the U.S. and subjects that spanned the cultural spectrum, from the extremely serious to the refreshingly absurd.
Now a whole lot of ’em (13, to be precise) can be yours, albeit in T-shirt form. And because the money is going to M4BL, you can wield your purchasing power to do some good. Donating directly might still be the best way to make sure your dollars go the furthest, but if you’re looking to actively telegraph your support for the right side of history, a graphic tee remains one of the most effective mediums through which to do it. And if you’re able, aligning yourself with one of the greatest rappers of all time is never a bad look.
For a list of what else you can do, and what organizations you can donate to, check out our guide here.
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Source : Esquire