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This Student Launched A Line Of Pro-Black Sweatshirts And They Sold Out In Less Than 24 Hours

Them: "WHO SAID THAT?!?" Olatiwa: Me.

Tired of hearing folks complain about having to visit their racist relatives over the holidays, 19-year-old designer Olatiwa Karade made this sweatshirt:

It reads "Fuck your racist grandma." BLOOP!
Olatiwa Karade / Splendid Rain Co

It reads "Fuck your racist grandma." BLOOP!

"People are like, ‘Yeah, I have to go home for Thanksgiving with all my racist uncles and aunts, and I can’t even believe I have to sit at a table with them,'" Olatiwa told BuzzFeed. "But it’s like, ‘Okay, you’re not going to say anything to them, so why are you telling me?’"

"You just get these thoughts in your head, and I just felt it was time to put it out there," she said.Get F Your Racist Grandma Crewneck Sweatshirt from Splendid Rain Co. on Etsy for $25.
Olatiwa Karade / Splendid Rain Co

"You just get these thoughts in your head, and I just felt it was time to put it out there," she said.

Get F Your Racist Grandma Crewneck Sweatshirt from Splendid Rain Co. on Etsy for $25.

Olatiwa sells this and other hella real sweatshirts in her Etsy shop Splendid Rain Co, which the college sophomore launched on Thanksgiving night as a way to "make some extra money at home." To Olatiwa's surprise, all 100 of the available sweatshirts sold out in less than 24 hours after opening.

It all started with the Columbus Was a Murderer sweatshirt. Olatiwa designed this sweatshirt to wear back in October on Columbus Day and ended up getting tons of requests when she posted a selfie of herself wearing it on to Facebook. “I didn’t really get that much hate, but I also don’t read my comments because I know what I’m putting out there," Olatiwa said. "But overall everyone’s personal messages to me were very cool and wholesome, so I was just really excited and ecstatic."Get Columbus Was a Murderer Sweatshirt from Splendid Rain Co. on Etsy for $30.
Olatiwa Karade / Splendid Rain Co

It all started with the Columbus Was a Murderer sweatshirt. Olatiwa designed this sweatshirt to wear back in October on Columbus Day and ended up getting tons of requests when she posted a selfie of herself wearing it on to Facebook. “I didn’t really get that much hate, but I also don’t read my comments because I know what I’m putting out there," Olatiwa said. "But overall everyone’s personal messages to me were very cool and wholesome, so I was just really excited and ecstatic."

Get Columbus Was a Murderer Sweatshirt from Splendid Rain Co. on Etsy for $30.

Some of the sweatshirts are 100% actual factual, because, no, Africa is NOT a country...

Olatiwa Karade / Splendid Rain Co

Get Africa Is Not a Country Crewneck Sweatshirt from Splendid Rain Co. on Etsy for $25.

...and, yes, ya'll's Founding Fathers DID own slaves.

Olatiwa Karade / Splendid Rain Co

"That’s not something that is political or controversial, but people are offended by it," Olatiwa said. "And [if you are], you need to realize that’s a you problem. That’s not an us problem."

Get Your Founding Fathers Owned Slaves Crewneck Sweatshirt from Splendid Rain Co. on Etsy for $25.

And then you've got the sweatshirts that are just straight up FUBU...

Olatiwa Karade / Splendid Rain Co

Get Don't Touch Me Crewneck Sweatshirt from Splendid Rain Co. on Etsy for $30.

Case in point:

Get Stop Inviting Them to the Cookout Sweatshirt from Splendid Rain Co. on Etsy for $25.
Olatiwa Karade / Splendid Rain Co

Get Stop Inviting Them to the Cookout Sweatshirt from Splendid Rain Co. on Etsy for $25.

"Everybody else is getting so bold, you know? Like we have Klan resurgences, Nazis becoming more prominent," Olatiwa said. "We’re on the other side and people keep trying to just tell us to sit down and shut up, so I felt like it was time to do something more bold."

Get Worthy of Humanity Crewneck Sweatshirt from Splendid Rain Co. on Etsy for $20.
Olatiwa Karade / Splendid Rain Co

Get Worthy of Humanity Crewneck Sweatshirt from Splendid Rain Co. on Etsy for $20.

Each sweatshirt is made to order and hand-pressed by Olatiwa herself. The young entrepreneur has already sold more than 800 sweatshirts and has plans to launch a T-shirt line around the time of Black History Month, with some of the proceeds going towards a fund for ancestry testing for "black-identifying people."

"We don’t have a lot of history on our ancestry, our relatives, where we come from," Olatiwa said. "We wanna know where home is and what culture we can connect to, and I feel like a lot of people feel lost without that. I think that’s one of the largest things we’re missing as black people, especially in America."Get Pro-Black Anti-Bullshit Crewneck Sweatshirt from Splendid Rain Co. on Etsy for $25.
Olatiwa Karade / Splendid Rain Co

"We don’t have a lot of history on our ancestry, our relatives, where we come from," Olatiwa said. "We wanna know where home is and what culture we can connect to, and I feel like a lot of people feel lost without that. I think that’s one of the largest things we’re missing as black people, especially in America."

Get Pro-Black Anti-Bullshit Crewneck Sweatshirt from Splendid Rain Co. on Etsy for $25.

WE SEE YOU, OLATIWA. KEEP DOIN' IT FOR THE CULTURE!!!!!

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