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Racked: Gap removes 'Manifest Destiny' t-shirt after criticism

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More on: fashion, racism
     

"Move over, Navajo panties: Urban Outfitters has been supplanted as the retailer most hated by Native Americans. Gap started selling a "Manifest Destiny" T-shirt recently, but they removed the shirt from their store today after a flood of complaints, organized by members of the Native American community.

Critics left angry Facebook messages, sent tweets, and posted negative reviews of the shirt on Gap's website. A change.org petition garnered almost 3,500 signatures. The shirt's designer, Mark McNairy, tweeted "SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST" as a response to the complaints. Not long after that, he removed the tweet and wrote, "I AM SORRY FOR MY SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST COMMENT. IT HURT ME DEEPLY TO BE CALLED A RACIST AS THAT IS NOT ME. I REACTED WITHOUT THINKING.""

Get the Story:
Um, No: Gap Pulls 'Manifest Destiny' T-Shirt Following a Flood of Complaints (Racked 10/16)

An Opinion:
James Mackay: Gap's 'manifest destiny' T-shirt was a historic mistake (The Guardian 10/16)

Related Stories:
Blog: New Gap t-shirt named for racist Manifest Destiny policy (10/15


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