Cleveland Heights High School junior Tyreke Smith is making headlines with a shirt he wore to Ohio State University’s football recruiting event last Saturday (June 17).
It read: “I Hope I Don’t Get Killed For Being Black Today.”
“I decided to wear the shirt because I wanted to bring attention to the epidemic of blacks being killed at an alarming rate,” Tyreke told OSU’s sports news site, ElevenWarriors.com. “What we would like to do is have people talk about these issues to reduce the murder rate of African Americans.”
Smith doesn’t just have the attention of the internet, but of top universities who are looking to give the four-star defensive end a spot on their team. But as he navigates his future, the internet can get their hands on the shirt, which was designed by his brother, Malik Smith, on My Brother’s Keeper Branding.
“This T shirt brings to light the everyday struggles that blacks go through,” reads the site in the description for the shirt. “This is with cops and the black on black crimes that happen at a rapid pace.”
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