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People Are Loving This High-Schooler’s T-Shirt Of Tolerance

If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all...

With so much talk of bullying these days, it’s refreshing to see people taking a stand against the poor treatment of others, especially when it comes from a young person. We’re so used to hearing about teens being mean to other teens, but there are still people out there fighting for just treatment and equality. One Texas teenager is going viral for doing just that. His platform of choice: An inspiring t-shirt.

Seventeen-year-old Aaron Tamez from Houston, Texas wore a shirt to school that read “Why be racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic when you could just be quiet?” His friend snapped a photo of him posing in his inspiring t-shirt, he posted a photo of himself wearing it on Twitter, and the image went viral.

Tamez told Buzzfeed News that he found the T-shirt on Instagram sold by a store called Green Box Shop. He was drawn to the shirt because he had dealt with homophobia in the past.

“I have been a victim of bulling because I am gay and, yes, I have overcome all of those obstacles in my life, and when I saw the shirt I was amazed because of the message the shirt says,” he said. It was another way of saying “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

Once others saw his post—it’s been retweeted over 88,000 times—other teens began sharing their clothing with similar, inspiring concepts as well. Tamez was pleased with the responses.

“It feels amazing to see everyone ‘ooing and awwing’ at this [shirt] and seeing them interact with the message,” he said.

At a time where everyone seems to be at odds with each other, it’s quite refreshing to see young people sticking together and standing up for what’s right.