In 2018, Rafael Casal and David Diggs wrote a poem about police violence and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland. They read this spoken-word piece that says, in part:
“How perfect does a black boy have to be before we mourn him? How quickly must a neighborhood vanish for us to notice?”
We originally released this design when Rafael and Daveed's film 'Blindspotting' premiered. It remains an accurate index for how little we have progressed as a country.
100% of profits from the sales of this shirt (profit defined in this case as everything above the hard cost of the blank shirts themselves, meaning that Oaklandish is donating all our fixed costs and labor costs) will be donated to rebuilding Black-owned businesses in Oakland (replacing broken windows, inventory, spray paint removal, etc.) through the GoFundMe set up by SoOakland. If you are a black business owner in Oakland and you would like to apply for a grant of up to $2,000, please click here.