Some tragedies are so heartbreaking and senseless that society’s reaction is to try to forget and hope that it won’t happen again. School violence is just one example. For the children who we failed over the past 20 years, taken at the hands of fellow students, the collective response could be the opening lyrics to The Cranberries Zombie:
“Another head hangs lowly/Child is slowly taken/And the violence caused such silence/Who are we mistaking?/But, you see it’s not me/It’s not my family/In your head, in your head/They are fighting.”
The surviving Parkland students refuse to be swayed, vilified, or shouted down, dedicating themselves to bring about change in laws, by encouraging people to put more responsive lawmakers in office. So they’ve recently launched a t-shirt that encourages people to register to vote, immediately. According to Elle magazine, the design was an answer to the NRA’s patriotic imagery, “We said, ‘We are patriotic too’—that Americans have the right to dwell in public spaces peacefully and safely,”
Within the American flag design is a QR code that, when scanned, takes the user directly to a voter registration page. The shirts are helping to finance a tour across Florida for the group, stopping in every district. The t-shirts are a reasonable $24.99. What’s more powerful than a t-shirt? The wearer of the tee, because he or she has a message that needs to be heard.