In Praise of Tolerance

From the Sparrow Media Project
comes this symbol of tolerance. And to fight xenophobia and and promote
good will, 50% of the profits from this shirt will benefit victims of
hate crimes.

 

The Sparrow Media Project identifies and promotes projects by people
who are experimenting with possibilities for social change, “through
arts, activism, education, subversion, and song,” says Andy Stepanian,
director. “We aim to educate others as to the beauty that is all around
us, to the beautiful fire that sits inside all of us and to get
involved and stay involved with whatever sparks that fire inside of
you.”

Sparrow’s mission today is to help people understand that The Park
51 Islamic Interfaith Center in Manhattan, slated to be built 5 blocks
north of the former World Trade Center site,  is not an exclusively
Muslim space. And yet “a violent anti-muslim narrative in response to
the Park 51 proposal has stoked flames of hatred.”

The ensuing sloganeering, says Sparrow:

“needs to be countered with equally simplistic and
strong speech stating that we, as New Yorkers and Americans embrace the
religious freedoms of all groups no matter how large or small their
constituency is.”

You can order the shirt and learn more here.


About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes a weekly column for The Atlantic online and is the "Visuals" Columnist for the New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of over 160 books on design and visual culture. And he is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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