Care2 will go offline for site maintenance July 31 at 9pm PST.
START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x

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


Society & Culture  (tags: manifest destiny, genocide, indigenous people, oppression, racism, inequality )

BMutiny
- 653 days ago - 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



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

Comments

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Monday October 15, 2012, 12:13 am
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.
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Monday October 15, 2012, 1:30 am
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,
[Your name]
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Monday October 15, 2012, 6:27 am
Thank you for signing the petition "GAP: Discontinue the "MANIFEST DESTINY" tshirt and issue a formal apology."

This is the kind of crap that goes on when they don't teach the history from the viewpoint of those who were living here. It's always about the heading west, onward and forward. Try standing in the west and watching the history of the east come at you, it gives one a whole different perspective on things.

If this movement had been in fairness, respect, and mutual agreements that would be one thing, but it wasn't it was all about greed. Greed at all cost, if you can't buy it cheap, scam it away from people, then you force move them, kill them, eliminate them. Greed.......coming to your own neighborhood because Dominent Society has FAILED to learn.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Monday October 15, 2012, 7:27 am
Thx for this Barbara! This sick ideology is not only targeting US consumers but goes worldwide embracing all colonialist, racist and even eugenic policy. A VERY TROUBLING and serious trend that must be stopped.
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Monday October 15, 2012, 11:23 am
I am hoping you guys will circulate this around, my time is kindof limited.
Also I am stressing out, gotta take some time off! Wish damned Elections were over -- and go the right way, of course! I have to take it a little easier! Trying to keep from getting VERY, VERY ANGRY - but, how can one not???!!!

"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."

I thot this would be a good thing to get Care2 members behind.
I think things like ads, commercials, T-shirts, stuff like that, is very important in our culture and in what forms the consciousness of YOUNG PEOPLE. If they sortof just absorb mindlessly what they're exposed to... and nothing challenges it.... that's how you get a New Generation perpetuating homophobia, sexism, racism, violence, animal cruelty...
I can just see how Young People who are NOT being taught rightly in school, would have NO idea, or think this is a "good" thing, since it's on a t-shirt.
 

Joe R. (189)
Wednesday October 17, 2012, 7:55 am
Thanks for posting! Signed and noted.
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Thursday October 25, 2012, 10:18 am
No longer satisfied that change.org is or will remain a Progressive site for Petitions:

Progressive social movement companies have permanently changed activism. Now two, Salsa Labs and Change.org, each now changing its path.

As reported by the Huffington Post, Change.org has decided to change its advertising policy and will now allow for corporate advertising, astroturf campaigns, anti-abortion and Republican Party solicitations. Itís a turn away from the progressive politics that founded the company and one that will not likely sit well with the progressive base.

The policy shift is effective almost immediately, starting on October 24th. According to the Huffington Post Change.org had no plans to reach out to its user base or the media about the shift, presumably because sponsoring petitions and building lists for anti-abortion, anti-envrionment causes is not likely to be popular.

In response to the reports Change.org has suggested the change in their advertising policies is good because it will empower more people to lead to positive change. And while transparency and access are always laudable goals, one does have to question whether taking on astroturf campaigns like those run by the Koch brothers actually supports those very goals.


Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/change-comes-to-change-org.html#ixzz2AGsyfVqT

========================


I myself am SADLY DISAPPOINTED AND DISILLUSIONED and intend to NO LONGER USE change.org {after I am finished with the CURRENT CAMPAIGNS I am working on, such as the tee-shirt one and another one}.
 
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:
Please add your comment: (plain text only please. Allowable HTML: <a>)

Track Comments: Notify me with a personal message when other people comment on this story


Loading Noted By...Please Wait

 

 
Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of Care2.com or its affiliates.