• April 20, 2024

Here Is The Shirt That Had This Girl Questioned By The Police & I Don’t Blame Them

A 34-year-old art photographer says that she was stopped and questioned by two cops in lower Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon because she happened to be wearing a T-shirt with Arabic writing on it.

Miru Kim was out walking her dog, a large Canaan-mix named Guinness, shortly before 2:00 p.m. near the 9/11 Memorial. She was about to enter her apartment building when she says two NYPD officers asked her to come out into the street.

Kim says she had just managed to calm Guinness, who had been barking at another dog. “I thought maybe it was the dog,” she told us yesterday evening. “But they were just pointing to my shirt with an Arabic sentence on it.”

One of the officers spoke to Kim for about 5 minutes. She described the officer who questioned her as a “large man” who was “quite intimidating.”

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“He asked me what my shirt said,” she recalled. “I told him it was an old T-shirt from a protest group. That got him going even more, and I had to explain that it was from an anti-Iraq War group from a long time ago. Like, 10 years ago.”

The officer asked for Kim’s apartment number and phone number, then asked for her ID, which she says she didn’t have on her person. She proceeded to give him “all of my information,” including her name and cell phone number.

Kim’s T-shirt was designed by the New York City-based “artist/activist” organization We Will Not Be Silent, which attributes the phrase to a student resistance movement in Nazi Germany called The White Rose. The group, originally called The Critical Voice, was founded in March 2006 during the Bush administration. From its mission statement:

Through the creative use of language… we respond to current social justice issues, encouraging creative, direct public-actions where many people can participate.We have over 50 shirt designs. Clear, bold and simple language has been chosen to evoke complex ideas and, most importantly, to compel conversation between those who wear the shirts and others they encounter.

Read more at Gothamist 


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