Teenager Aaron Tamez Powerful T-shirt Message Goes Viral


Aaron Tamez wearing a shirt posing the question: "Why be racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic when you could just be quiet?"

Houston teenager Aaron Tamez said Twitter can sometimes be an intimidating and hostile space.

However, amidst the often prevalent online hatred, users like Aaron Tamez manage to find and share moments of powerful significance through social networks.

Last week, Tamez donned a graphic tee advocating for acceptance and respect across all facets of life, making a bold statement.

The shirt asked: “Why be racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic when you could just be quiet?”

A phrase that originated from a tweet by user @yikesbrandon, which has amassed over 28,799 retweets and continues to grow in popularity.

Aaron Tamez Twitter post

The moment Aaron Tamez spotted the tee in an Etsy store named Green Box Shop, he knew he had to make it his own. To add to its appeal, the shirt is also crafted from fair trade organic cotton.

Having grown up gay, Aaron Tamez is no stranger to the struggles and bullying that can often accompany one’s sexual orientation. “I have been a victim of bullying because I am gay, and, yes, I have overcome all of those obstacles in my life. When I saw the shirt, I was amazed by the message it conveyed,” Tamez shared in an interview with Buzzfeed.

While the sentiment of the T-shirt resonates with many, it’s important not to interpret the message of silence as a form of compliance or acceptance of bigotry. Some users have expressed their disdain for the tweet, arguing the importance of vocalizing one’s beliefs, even if they diverge from those promoted on Tamez’s tee.

Yet, Aaron Tamez’s Twitter feed is a testament to the positive impact his message has had, with his photo receiving over 85K retweets.

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to Etsy to snag a rainbow tie-dye version of this iconic tee. We’re ready to join Tamez in using personal style as a formidable tool against hate, as we parade through the streets of New York, championing equality for all. You’re more than welcome to join us.

 

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Nerelle Harper

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