American

Posted by sepoy on October 29, 2006 · 1 min read

I haven't been able to work for any campaign this year. Did some phone banking. And am hoping to do some election-day moniter-y stuff. Or perhaps, I will just drive people to vote. Next elections, I will vote.

I don't know if people still remember that Raed Jarrar was denied boarding on a plane because his tshirt had Arabic on it. It prompted many conversations but one argument that struck me was made by moacir - who focused on the Equal Protection amendment as opposed to the usual 1st amendment stuff.

With the help of Stephen Marlowe, Blake Wentworth, Prithvi Datta Chandra Shobhi, Sunit Singh, Ravikrisnha Reddy, moacir and I designed the following piece of hipster-protest.


COMMENTS


Geography, Telecast Blog Archive T-Shirt Activism? | October 30, 2006

[...] I guess me and Annabell aren’t the only ones who have had the t-shirt idea. [...]


raed jarrar | October 30, 2006

great idea. I can help with the arabic writing, it neds some fixing. send me an email. Thank you for your great work.


sepoy | October 30, 2006

raed: about the definite article for American in arabic. Actually, that was a decision made largely to distinguish between the urdu and the arabic in the farangi eye. orthographically, they would look too similar. so we decided to go with the def. article in the arabic and non-gendered descriptor in urdu. plus, the inside joke of an arabic reading of the text as "The American" was too delicious... now, i wish i had thought of separating the m/f versions and i will def. do that. Oh, and _you_ are the one doing all the good work. cheers, mate.


Quizman | October 31, 2006

Nice! Meanwhile, you should really wear this shirt, both in the US and in Saudi Arabia. Remember what happened to the dude who said it?


farangi | October 31, 2006

Raed, Sepoy: Why bother being all grammarian for us Farangis? You know you all ('s alphabets) look alike to us.


tsk | October 31, 2006

nothing in black? pssshhhhh.......


sepoy | October 31, 2006

Yeah, Joey. You are Punk.


Baraka | November 28, 2006

I wrote the mandatory protest letter. I'm so glad you did something far more creative & beautiful. Kudos, B