Manifest Destiny T-Shirt Sparks Outrage at Gap

Posted by George Prentice on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM


The Gap removed a black T-shirt emblazoned with the words "Manifest Destiny" from its stores today, following complaints and a petition from consumers who believed it is racist.

"Manifest Destiny” was coined in the 19th century to describe a belief that the United States was destined to take over the continent. For Native Americans, it is a reminder of the suffering of previous generations who endured relocation and genocide.

Consumers and activists were angered with the fashion item and set up social media petitions, calling for the T-shirt to be removed from sale.

Indian Country Today quoted a letter written by Native American activist and actress Renee Roman Nose to Gap, which read:

"It is with great sadness that I notify you I will not be shopping at your store until you remove the “Manifest Destiny” T-shirts available at your stores. Manifest Destiny was the catch phrase which led to the genocide of millions of my people, millions of Indigenous people throughout this country. I am also inviting the more than 1,700 people on my Facebook page to boycott your stores and inviting them to shop with their conscience."

In response to the large outcry, Gap removed the T-shirt from its stores, saying it valued customer feedback, and its "intention was not to offend anyone."

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Ridiculous individuals are soo thin skinned that wind can rip their forearm off. It is just like if I called a black man black, there is nothing racist just stating a fact. "Manifest Destiny" on a T-shirt causes this? Get over it.

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Posted by Nick Angel Padilla on 10/17/2012 at 11:48 PM

Thin skinned? Tell that to the 15 million or so Africans who died in Slavery here, or the hundreds of thousands of Native Americans who were forced from their homes (many died) as a result of the Indian Removal Act.

Don't read much history do you?

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Posted by Richard on 10/18/2012 at 7:49 AM

Thin skinned !!! How many of the people complaining about the shirt even knew one of these murdered Africans or Native Americans? None, because the crimes were done by people long gone to people long gone.

You can't apologize to people for something that didn't happen to them for something you didn't do. This country is being ruined by this PC BS. Put on some big boy/girl pants already and get over it.

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Posted by Me on 10/18/2012 at 8:04 AM

Um It meant to expand from coast to coast not take over the world. either way it meant the native Americans where going to lose the land they lived on for generations.

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Posted by Daryl Mac on 10/18/2012 at 8:04 AM

Tell ya what. Try walking around a Jewish neighboor with the words 'Arbeit Macht Frei' on your shirt. Then you might be the one that's 'thin skinned'.

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Posted by Adnan Muminovic on 10/18/2012 at 10:48 AM

The fact is that your anscestors were colonizers. Look up what this word means in the dictionary and maybe brush up on the history of your nation. It is my hope that you may "get it" after this.

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Posted by z on 10/26/2012 at 5:25 PM

Did anyone bother to ask the manufacturers of the shirt what they meant by it? There are so many phrases/words that could be taken offensively that something that could be meant to be an uplifting statement, is instead taken as racist. Wake up people, what destiny are you manifesting by dwelling on the negative?

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Posted by Grace Stanbery on 11/07/2012 at 1:09 PM

Where can I get this shirt?! I have some pants that say "HOLOCAUST" down the leg and was needing a shirt that matches!

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Posted by pine on 11/11/2012 at 2:12 PM

I'm buying as many as I can. Thin skinned fags.

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