T-shirt featuring football coach Charlie Strong causes controversy
Some feel a t-shirt that capitalizes on new University of Texas head football coach Charlie Strong is offensive. (Source: KEYE/CNN)
AUSTIN, TX (KEYE/CNN) – Charlie Strong is making history as the first African American man to be named University of Texas head coach.
One entrepreneur has found a way to capitalize on the news, but not everyone is happy about it.
The t-shirt that has everyone talking says "Black is the new brown" and features a picture of Strong. It is being sold on Etsy.com
Many in Austin, TX are crying foul.
"The sounds pretty insulting and they put his face on it, he's a person not just a color," said UT-Austin student Ariel Smith.
Others however argue it's not an issue and they see it as a play on words referencing Strong's race.
Graduate student Neil Tanner thinks the focus on the shirt is misdirected.
"I think people should just start focusing on him more so as a coach and him as a holistic human being and person as opposed to his race or any other identity he wishes to see himself as," Tanner said.
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