2020 taught us that hate cannot dispel hate.
The Dhammapada is a small book that features a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form and one of the most widely read and best known Buddhist scriptures. There is a quote in the book that strongly resonated with me when I first came across it:
“In this world
Hate never yet dispelled hate
Only love dispels hate
This is the law
Ancient and inexhaustible
You too shall pass away
Knowing this, how can you quarrel?”
Last summer the nation pretty much quarrelled over the civil unrest that has been the underlying roots of racism in our nation for many decades. The divide we saw from opposing views pretty much split the country in half, not just with verbal attacks online but also physical abuse during peaceful protests.
While all this was happening, we couldn’t help but ask ourselves: How is this even an argument? How is ending civil injustice, ending systemic racism, and calling for equality in the black community an argument?
The insurmountable bickering on social media and forums can make anyone’s head spin. Through all the shit that went down, I couldn’t help but think back to the quote “only love dispels hate, this is the law…”
With that truth, our team and I decided that we will not argue and actively try to change opposing views, as that is not in our control. Instead, we decided to use our platform and our voice to spread love, to voice out against injustice and continue to do what is in our control. We decided to bring awareness and take action to help support the cause.
There is no need to argue, there is only time to act and do what is right. I hope you will consider doing what is right!
The fight against racial injustice isn’t over yet. In honor of Black History Month, we have released two special tribute tees dedicated to Chicago House and Detroit Techno, both genres born in each respective city, founded and cultivated by local black communities. These two local movements that started in the ’80s changed my life and I know it has changed a lot of your lives too.
With that said, 100% of the proceeds in February will be donated to the Frankie Knuckles Foundation in Chicago and SPIN Inc. in Detroit, as part of our efforts to show love and support for the cause. Check out both shirts by clicking HERE and below.
Don’t forget: hate cannot dispel hate