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also i'm really sick of social justice t-shirt and poster making companies using really borderline generic designs

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take this image by Liberation Ink for their Assata Shakur t-shirt

i’m sorry, but there’s nothing about this design to remotely suggest that this is Assata and not just a woman with an Afro

there’s nothing unique about her features or presentation to convince me that she’s Assata

its like, i get the economy behind designing like this 

its an image that’s easy enough to mass transfer onto many t-shirts without very little effort

but if we’re going to make “liberation” or “revolutionary”/“social justice” t-shirts

can they be revolutionary in the sense that the graphic design is a celebration of our natural features, reclaimed beauty, and a shifting aesthetic politic that decolonizes itself?

[ tbh ]

i’m honored to see the change in others
to see the same
as lovers
we the chains uncovered
discovered that these chains are only frames for what is above in hovering in this sun
a summer
a moon made in rubber
filament in spirited; resilient
instilling what is remittance
giving as living
with
within
gift
to gem
uplift
to stem
once this is whim, what shifts can spin this world into what is
the rem
awake in an age when changing is formation decorating our spaces
graceful transformation
a natural naked
tasteful
a place blooms can beam a sacred
sacral
factual blues that extract an accurate mirror, passionate exterior in consecrating an elaborate major
never minor
spine
earth
divine word inside her
arise
earn
design
learn
we are the cloud nine in this skyward
evaporating
magic in saving ourselves
saving each other and basking in wells
wellness
wealth in attracting a spell of love where no drought exists
surrounding this is the now in tense
present
abound in sound
essence

- e. a. ©2016