UW-Madison Disavows Anti-Police, Racist Hoodies
Campus Reform published a story yesterday exposing a group of UW students that were selling racist, anti-police hoodies. Hoodies ranged from ones reading “All White People Are Racist” to others promoting violence against police reading “If I Encounter Another Cop With A God Complex I’m Going To Have To Show The World That They Are Human.”
In response to a request for comment from Media Trackers, UW-Madison disavowed any responsibility for the actions of the students, saying, “The clothing shown in these Facebook posts is not produced nor endorsed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In this case, the individuals involved are exercising their rights to free speech and engaging in a private activity unrelated to their status as students.”
According to a cashed version of the Insert Apparel‘s facebook page these shirts appear to be entrepreneurial endeavor of Eneale Pickett who runs the company out of a home and makes, “inspirational t-shirts for students of color, students with depression, low self-esteem, and college students in general,” he sells on Etsy.
Pickett also serves as the outreach director for Wisconsin Black Student Union. An organization that among other things exists to, “enlarging and retaining African-American populations on campus…represent the needs of Black people at UW-Madison, a predominantly white institution…and to empower [them]selves through the political process.”