Be the Resistance Tank Top


The story behind the design:
Social and political resistance is at the heart of all major social change. The enemies in our sights include social injustice, oppression, corporate exploitation, the destruction of our environment, and government corruption. The confrontation lies between those who have bread and those mouths that remain unfed. The meek will not inherit the Earth; it must be pried from the hands of those unwilling to let go. Your choices are to be the resistance or not be free.

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White Women’s 2×1 ribbed racerback, Be the Resistance tank top. American-made tank top, hand-printed in Wisconsin with earth-friendly water-based ink. 100% ringspun combed cotton, super-comfy women’s slim fit t-shirt with style. Large and colorful front print with red, white, and black print. Back has bar code children print and logo on upper back. This design is also available in a men’s t-shirt.

Available in Mens or Womens. 100% comfort, machine wash cold.

Documenting History:
Without political resistance to the status quo, every minority would be without the opportunities they have today and many would be without the right to vote. It took political resistance to end slavery,  school segregation, and provide equalities that American-European descendants have been born with. Famous political resisters include Susan B. Anthony, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Che Guevera, each took different paths to attain social victories and each had political detractors, establishment roadblocks, and political obstacles. Political resistance can take many forms and can be done in subtle ways and by peaceful means.

Many artists, writers and musicians have utilized their social stature to disseminate social criticism and political resistance through pop culture and underground media. Government supported media and mainstream media corporations often use their power to minimize political resistance. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau used their writings to convey societal resistance and cultural criticism in their day. The writings of the American Transcendentalists may have inspired real political resistors in later decades. There are thousands of musicians that have taken part in and inspired political resistance. The lyrics of Neil Young, Sage Francis, Bob Dylan, Brother Ali, Ani Difranco, Billy Bragg, Bruce Springsteen, Ice Cube, Henry Rollins, Bob Marley and Rage Against the Machine are a few of the larger musicians/bands that have used the stage to inspire and ignite political resistance. Today there are dozens of music sub-categories that focus on activist lyrics and political resistance.

Pablo Picasso’s Guernica is probably the most famous painting of modern political resistance, though there are too many to name. Today the most famous political art critics include Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and Shepard Fairy, creator of OBEY. I was drawn to the artwork of German Expressionist, Kathe Kollwitz at the age of 14 because of the powerful societal movements depicted in her work. Kathe Kollwitz and Frida Kahlo later went on to form the Guerilla Girls, a feminist movement pushing for equality in the modern art world.  The artwork of Emory Douglas helped the Black Panther party create a popular subculture, gain a visual identity and disseminate their political writings and influence.

Additional information

Weight .25 lbs

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