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Oct 15, 2012
Focus: Indigenous Rights
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

GAP: Discontinue the Manifest Destiny T-Shirt: Petition on Change.Org

Society & Culture  (tags: manifest destiny, genocide, indigenous people, oppression, racism, inequality )
BMutiny  - change.org
This article of clothing promotes a belief that has resulted in the mass genocide of indigenous people, and it serves to normalize oppression. This shirt is marketed to teens and young adults, and it gives no context for racism and inequality that persist







GAP is selling a black shirt with the words "MANIFEST DESTINY" written on it. This article of clothing promotes a belief that has resulted in the mass genocide of indigenous people, and it serves to normalize oppression. This shirt is marketed to teens and young adults, and it gives no context for the racism and inequality that persists in our society, to this day, as a result of this doctrine. We are asking that this shirt be discontinued, and that an apology be issued.

Until this is done, we are asking that followers of this petition also consider other means of contacting GAP.
 This includes: *EMAIL* Gap at custserv@gap.com and CC the designer at info@markmcnairy.com;
and/or *WRITE A REVIEW* of this shirt on the product's page;
*CALL* Gap at (650) 952-4400.
*MESSAGE or COMMENT* on the Gap Facebook company page, http://www.facebook.com/gap.

The tshirt that GAP is selling can be seen here: http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=47214&vid=1&pid=349697002

We thank the signers of this petition for their commitment to equality and social justice. 



Petition Letter
I am writing to express my deep concern about the "MANIFEST DESTINY" Gap shirt currently being sold in stores across the United States and online. The belief of "manifest destiny" is a devastating one, and it has resulted in the genocide of millions. We are asking Gap to realize that by selling this shirt, it indicates that the company is either racist, and/or ignorant, and/or insensitive to the true meaning of the phrase. We are asking that this shirt be discontinued immediately, and that an apology be issued to the Native American and other indigenous people around the world who have been tragically affected by this doctrine.

Please, do the right thing. Discontinue this shirt immediately and issue an apology.
Sincerely,
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Posted: Oct 15, 2012 1:43pm
Mar 28, 2009
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Location: United States
The Far Right is trying to mess with your mind; creating an Alternate Reality for you that is the opposite of Real Reality! 

The Far Right, is trying their darndest, to EXPLOIT ANY dis-satisfaction with President Obama, ANY disappointment, ANYthing less than total fulfillment of expectations; into TOTAL, TOTAL DIS-ILLUSIONMENT with President Obama. {What, they've got something better to offer?} To some extent, it seems they may be succeeding. The Far Right, make no mistake about it, is TRYING TO MAKE A COMEBACK. Their strategy, is not only to distance themselves from Bush. {Who's he? we never heard of him!} The Republicans are trying their darndest, to channel 8 YEARS OF DISGUST WITH, AND HATRED FOR, BUSH/CHENEY AND THEIR POLICIES, into -- watch it! -- HATRED OF PRESIDENT OBAMA.

Their line is, that "ALL politicians are the SAME; ALL of them are crooks, not just Republicans are; Obama is NO DIFFERENT; Obama is NOT ANY BETTER; there is NO DIFFERENCE between the Republican and Democratic parties, between Bush and Obama; Obama is out to get you {no differently than Bush and his cronies were}"; et cetera et cetera.

This is a kind of SIMPLISTIC, KNOW-NOTHING, EASY POPULISM. One that makes NO distinctions between ANYthing. If it exists, we're AGIN it.

It is also rather EASY to promote, because there is this undercurrent..... of not exactly "racism" in the old sense. But, Obama is {I love that term!}, an "EXOTIC OTHER". So, it is EASIER to be SUSPICIOUS of him, if he is not one of your own "family". That is Human Nature, I guess. All I am saying, is, that it makes the Repugs' job easier. I am NOT saying, that anybody is a "racist"; or, that any criticism of President Obama, has a "racist" origin!

I criticize Obama myself, have done so and no doubt will find plenty to criticize in the future. What I am saying, is, there is a SENSIBLE, REASONABLE ground between total "worship" of Obama {and I don't know a single person who actually does so!}; and TOTAL CONDEMNATION of President Obama; of ALL Democrats; ALL reform advocates; ALL politicians; ALL actions; etc. etc. etc. It is the Far Right that is trying to MANIPULATE; and make you SO DIS-ILLUSIONED, that they think you won't vote or hope -- or do further work on the issues -- at all. THEN, having distracted you and gotten you riding off on the WRONG track, they WILL have a chance at a comeback. And that WOULD be totally disastrous. And it WOULD be "different" -- and much, much, much, much WORSE.  BMutiny T

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