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Gap Tee Pulled From Stores

By Kim Anne Oct 17, 2012 10:51PM
 

Gap has pulled one of its T-shirts from store shelves after a wave of controversy began over the words on the tee.

The tee, a collaboration with GQ Magazine, has been receiving negative attention since its debut when customers began commenting about it via Twitter, Facebook and email, says Blackbookmag.com.

What’s so controversial about the shirt?  It says the words “manifest destiny” on it, a  phrase commonly associated with the genocide of indigenous American people as a result of U.S. westward expansion during the 19th century.

After all the customer comments, Gap finally released a statement of its own, saying “Thank you for your feedback regarding the ‘Manifest Destiny” t-shirt. Based on customer feedback, we will no longer offer the t-shirt in our stores or online. 

Tell us on Facebook: Do you think the tee is inappropriate, or is the uproar unjustified?

Photo: Courtesy Gap

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Oct 18, 2012 12:49AM
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Lets examine the fact's
1- It's the GAP seriously, most of their customers don't know what the **** manifest destiny mean's. 
2- Only something this lame and inane becomes a cause celeb in our society. 
3- Indigenous People don't you mean Inglorious Bastard's?????
4- We as an advanced Society have given a lot to the Indigenous People's i.e. Casino's, Booze, Ability to sell cigarettes on the cheap.

Verdict: The GAP should sell shirt's that say "I survived Auschwitz and all I got was this lousy shirt"
Oct 18, 2012 12:48AM
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Manifest Destiny - Is It and Age Thing - so as you grow old your T grows holes and mold ?
Oct 18, 2012 12:47AM
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Making a big deal over a stupid t-shirt is pointless and stupid, but the term carries a lot of meaning, both positive and negative. Manifest Destiny was the idea that it was god's will that america expand westward. Simple as that. Within this idea the forced relocation and wars with native populations did lead to some negative aspects to the overall positive idea. 
Manifest destiny though is just a small part of our westward expansion. It made the U.S. what it is today, and I do not think many american should be ashamed of it. Can't change the past, We move on learn from the past. 
As a liberal, I find it so annoying that people get so bent out of shape over meaningless controversies, such as this t-shirt. I find the shirt to be funny, which I assume was the idea behind it. Some people just have too much time on their hands. 
Oct 18, 2012 12:46AM
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If you have Wing Nut and It's all steel and you can not paint it or label it and you say it does a 180 out how do you prove it turned 180 degress if the nut is first cut from its bolt?
Oct 18, 2012 12:45AM
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Hmmm...I would never have connect the term Manifest Destiny with genocide. I'm sorry but I just don't get it.
Oct 18, 2012 12:43AM
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read Hampton Sides excellent and factual book about the West was settled - Indians killed each other, raped and robbed almost at will. Mexico was at war and could not protect their own people living in what is now CA, NM, & AZ. Many Mexican citizens begged the US to protect them from bandits/Indians, etc.  Read about the Cherokee raids and 'scalping' while still alive. Sure the US was pretty bad there, but certainly NOT worse to the 'indigenous than they were to their own.   PC crap from PC whiners  full of crap.
Oct 18, 2012 12:43AM
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It was NOT genocide any more than it was deicide. It was Christians getting rid of "heathens". And the only reason it is made such a big deal of, is that it was White on Brown crime. The Aztecs, Maya, Inca, and some others were also land-grabbers and used violence to do it. The only thing the Whites are guilty of is being more successful at land-grabbing than the Browns.
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