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***UPDATE***

Gap knows about this now. Their response? Delete comments on their FB related to this issue. ...
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***UPDATE 2***

Gap has quietly pulled the shirt from stores and online retail

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Before you trivialize the words, let me throw a couple more out there for you:

"My Struggle"

Sounds innocuous enough, right?

Let's translate them into German:

"Mein Kampf"

Throw that onto a t-shirt, GAP. (I'm joking, please don't!)


Words have lasting power...

Manifest Destiny had serious consequences for Native Americans, since continental expansion implicitly meant the occupation and annexation of Native American land, sometimes to expand slavery. The United States continued the European practice of recognizing only limited land rights of indigenous peoples.

In a policy formulated largely by Henry Knox, Secretary of War in the Washington Administration, the U.S. government sought to expand into the west through the nominally legal (by United States law) purchase of Native American land in treaties.

Indians were encouraged to sell their vast tribal lands and become "civilized", which meant (among other things) for Native American men to abandon hunting and become farmers, and for their society to reorganize around the family unit rather than the clan or tribe.

The United States therefore acquired lands by treaty from Indian nations, usually under circumstances which suggest a lack of voluntary and knowing consent by the native signers, and in many cases a lack of authority by the signers to make any such transaction.
Advocates of civilization programs believed that the process of settling native tribes would greatly reduce the amount of land needed by the Native Americans, making more land available for homesteading by white Americans.

Thomas Jefferson believed that while American Indians were the intellectual equals of whites,[47] they had to live like the whites or inevitably be pushed aside by them.[48] Jefferson's belief, rooted in Enlightenment thinking, that whites and Native Americans would merge to create a single nation did not last his lifetime, and he began to believe that the natives should emigrate across the Mississippi River and maintain a separate society, an idea made possible by the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.[48]

In the age of Manifest Destiny, this idea, which came to be known as "Indian Removal", gained ground. Although some humanitarian advocates of removal believed that American Indians would be better off moving away from whites, an increasing number of Americans regarded the natives as nothing more than savages who stood in the way of American expansion.

As historian Reginald Horsman argued in his influential study Race and Manifest Destiny, racial rhetoric increased during the era of Manifest Destiny. Americans increasingly believed that Native Americans would fade away as the United States expanded. As an example, this idea was reflected in the work of one of America's first great historians, Francis Parkman, whose landmark book The Conspiracy of Pontiac was published in 1851. Parkman wrote that Indians were "destined to melt and vanish before the advancing waves of Anglo-American power, which now rolled westward unchecked and unopposed".[49]

-from Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manifest_destiny

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F.A.I.R. MEDIA - (For Accurate Indigenous Representation):

https://www.facebook.com/realIndigenous

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The designer for the GAP "Manifest Destiny" T-Shirt has responded to criticisms of his Genocide Fashion statement.

From his Twitter page:

15h mark mcnairy @mmcnairy
MANIFEST DESTINY. SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST!

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More info from F.A.I.R. MEDIA:


GENOCIDE should not be a fashion statement. We insist that this "product" be removed from circulation, immediately.

Please contact the GAP and let them know, that celebrating "Manifest Destiny" is an affront to Indigenous Peoples and our Allies.

Their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gap?ref=ts&fref=ts

THE DESIGNER:
https://twitter.com/mmcnairy

https://www.facebook.com/mark.mcnairy

info@markmcnairy.com

mark mcnairy (mmcnairy) on Twitter
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