Nothing screams "holiday spirit" like family members with wildly different views of life literally screaming at each other across the dinner table over the Christmas ham while Mariah Carey sings and bells jingle in the background. This year, clothing company Splendid Rain Co., which was started by New Jersey student Olatiwa Karade, has released a line of blunt, politically charged crewneck sweatshirts that are sure to shut Grandma and her off-color comments up. They're amazing.
Karade's sweatshirts are the perfect way to let people know where you stand this holiday season.
They are of the time, sparked by relevant conversations about race, history, and relationships. The current climate is such that you definitely need one of these sweatshirts because when you wear one, things are sure to get chilly (in the best way possible).
Karade told HuffPost that it was the 2016 presidential election that inspired her to create this line.
But it wasn’t just Donald Trump who kickstarted her inspired line of sweatshirts. “I was heavily supporting Bernie Sanders, and I think a lot of people weren’t talking about the other side of racism and hate we were seeing, a lot of which was coming from a lot of liberal people on the Bernie side,” she told HuffPost. “Whenever he would come out and talk about Sandra Bland, or talk about anyone who was a victim of police brutality, of racism, of prejudice, his following would really go on their ‘all lives matter’ tirade. I just felt extremely excluded and felt like I didn’t have a voice when it came to race relations.”
Karade was also in a romantic relationship in which she was confronted with racism and prejudice from her partner's family.
All this happening at once “left Karade looking for a way to channel her anger into something productive.”
And she did something productive, indeed!
"I had to realize that it’s human to be upset about something that was upsetting, and I had a right to feel anger," she told HuffPost.
She wanted to use that anger productively instead of just wallowing in it.
Good on her.
In addition to politically charged statements that are sure to get a rise out of your most racist uncle, some of her sweatshirts also state facts:
Of course, these are facts that some ignorant people tend to get wrong when they’re spouting their problematic views.
Perhaps the very best sweatshirt in Karade’s collection is a blunt message for your less-than-tolerant Gran…