BucketFeet Love Trumps Hate
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Chicago startup BucketFeet is urging people to join in the ongoing #LoveTrumpsHate social media campaign to speak out against the hateful rhetoric from Donald Trump.

The Chicago shoe brand posted a powerful message to its website yesterday condemning Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the US. BucketFeet is calling on people to flood social media with posts of love and compassion for all people, and the company even has a new shoe you can wear to show your support.

“Silence, at this point, has become unacceptable if we are to stay true to our core philosophy: namely, that all of humanity shares essential joys, struggles, and truths; and art exposes us to this irrefutable fact,” BucketFeet wrote on its website. 

“It’s easy to joke about Donald Trump, but to make light of his bigoted message is to trivialize the very real threat posed to our Muslim co-workers, friends, and artists.”

“Art is a powerful platform and universal language that can bring people together, create shared understanding, and mutual respect,” BucketFeet CEO Raaja Nemani added in an email to Chicago Inno. “It’s our obligation as global citizens to use our platform to show the world that love always wins.”

The shoe accompanying BucketFeet’s message is designed by New York artist Westgard, whose signature street art has been seen around Brooklyn. The women’s shoe is available for $94 on BucketFeet’s website.

Here is the full statement from BucketFeet:

As a brand whose mission is to connect ALL people through art, it’s our duty to speak out against the hateful, dangerous rhetoric in Donald Trump’s call to “ban Muslims.” Silence, at this point, has become unacceptable if we are to stay true to our core philosophy: namely, that all of humanity shares essential joys, struggles, and truths; and art exposes us to this irrefutable fact.
 
It’s easy to joke about Donald Trump, but to make light of his bigoted message is to trivialize the very real threat posed to our Muslim co-workers, friends, and artists. This is to say nothing of his appalling comments towards Hispanics, those with disabilities, and other marginalized groups. Where does it end? Where does it lead?
 
Hate can’t win. It’s more important than ever to choose compassion over fear, to show our solidarity in any way we can, whether that be by sitting next to the hijabi woman on the train or talking to your kids about what they’re seeing in the news.
 
It’s with this in mind that we ask you to join us in flooding your social media feeds with images that prove #LoveTrumpsHate. A small act, sure, but art is powerful; it speaks every language. Post a selfie, your favorite painting, a barrage of emojis, or a text conversation. Someone just might stumble upon it when they need it most.
 
Love is stronger than hate. Always. Let’s use art to unite the world around that fact.