Chatman Brothers Create #NoTalking to Spark Action Against Chicago Violence

Darlene Hill, Fox 32 (Chicago), May 28, 2013

“No Talking” t-shirts have sparked many conversations in Chicago lately. The men behind the design say the shirts are positive, but Chicago police say the shirts are popping up in high crime neighborhoods and intimidating witnesses.

“There’s something going on as far as people wearing no talking t-shirts,” Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Tuesday.

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The t-shirts were designed by two Chicago brothers who were looking for a way to heal after the death of their brother. Mike Chatman was killed in August of 2010. His murder still unsolved.

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The Chatman brothers say the “no talking” phrase and apparel are intended to be ways to motivate people into taking action against violence–instead of just talking about it.

“Everybody always talking about what they’re going to do,” Marcus Chatman said, “basically, not letting their actions speak for what they’re doing. So I use the words no talking to make them step up on their action.”

T-shirts, caps, cups and jackets bearing #NoTalking are sold exclusively on the company’s website, and the hash-tag has gained strength on Twitter.

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But recently, police sources told FOX 32 News that the “no talking” gear is showing up at crime scenes, while investigators are talking to possible witnesses about gang and gun violence.

“He should’ve put more on that than ‘no talking.'”

People who live in one of Chicago’s high crime areas told FOX 32 that the shirts are confusing.

“I would say, to be honest with you, keep my mouth closed,” LaRue Jones said.

“Well, when you say no talking, that’s basically saying don’t talk to the police,” Angela Banks said. “That’s not saying don’t talk amongst ourselves. That’s basically saying don’t tell the police anything.”

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The Chatman brothers say no matter what people think, their message is positive and it will stay that way.

You can follow the brothers on Twitter @Chatmanboys88 @Chatmanboys89 and use #NoTalking to join the conversation.

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  • Puggg

    Not the brightest bulbs in the box. They had to know that the ghetto crowd would (“mis”) interpret “No Talking” to mean no snitching.

    • Stentorian_Commentator

      I’d offer “Factum, non verbum” but I don’t think it would take.

      • World_War_Me

        Nice!

    • ncpride

      Too funny. I was going to say something similar: No one ever accused blacks of being particularly creative or bright.

      • The__Bobster

        But…but…but they ARE in the movies.

  • White Mom in WDC

    Reads like double talk to me.

  • The__Bobster

    Did they really expect the Zulus to understand the subtlety of the message?

  • Rhialto

    I think that the Chatmans know that #notalking means no snitching to their consumers, and I think the consumers know that they know it. The Chatman statements to the contrary are just made to defuse white objections.

  • me

    Well, as long as Chicago’s ‘urban youff’ keep it ‘real’ and don’t ‘snitch’ when they kill each other, I guess I’m okay with that…

  • MBlanc46

    The Chicago police department should stop wasting time and money trying to solve black-on-black shootings. They usually don’t catch the perp (in part due to the “no snitching” ethos) and when they do no one really appreciates them. Better to devote the resources to protecting whites from knock-out games and flash mobs.

  • r j p

    Seven hootings tonight here tonight since the Preisjoke go into town.
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    No snitching …..

  • AnonymousTruther

    They think they are so cool not snitching until their own brother or mother dies. Then they will sing.

  • APaige

    How about “No Killing”, see if they will follow that slogan.

  • Hunter Morrow

    How about No Shooting and Stabbing? At least don’t have more in 3 days than my city has had in 10 years when the president is in town.