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  • sunshineisessential

    Oh my Gosh the Gap is racist? What Project Red and the Prostituted Image of the 'poor black child' weren't a hint? You do know all Africans are black and only 'dem nigr-uhs get aids', oy vey.

  • bgogs

    To say that the concept of Manifest Destiny is largely based on "the belief that Native Americans were culturally and racially inferior savages" is an exaggeration. The idea is much more complex involving expansionist ideology influenced by matters such as the economy, independence, and the freedom of the frontier. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Manifest Destiny ideology led to the deaths of many native americans, but one could also say that any shirt emblazoned with "9/11 always remember" or similar neo-patriotic jargon is offensive because these concepts led to the deaths of thousands of soldiers, Iraqis and afghans. The results of ideology and the ideology itself are not the same thing.

    • SilentCalFan

      The French, British, Russians, Spanish, Mexicans, and Native Americans all had claims to what is now the USA. Americans won, either by battle or by purchase, because they were stronger and determined. Losers need to get over it.

    • Fera Schön

      Actually, in this case, it kind of is the same thing: since manifest destiny is a purely christian concept that stated (supposedly according to divine providence) that christians (and therefore not native people or 'dirt worshippers') have a right to own, control and manipulate the earth and its resources to their needs. It was a mandate taken very literally on its own terms that any non-christian person had zero rights to any land they might occupy and are best ignored or exterminated. The results of any ideology are a direct consequence of its believers acting on its principles.
      Manifest destiny was not treated by historical people as a fickle desire to see the Pacific Northwest: it was viewed and held as a direct commandment from god to reclaim the earth from the 'savages.'

  • Douglas Sellers

    Isn't having Christopher Columbus day off kind of the same thing? Aren't we just celebrating the ethnic cleansing of the native americans?

  • Lavanya Mahendran

    The "survival of the fittest" response is a little bit shocking.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Agreed. If McNairy's fashion is designed to "make a statement", it's offensive. Did he want to name his line "Manifest YOUR Destiny", but he thought two words were catchier than three? I hope that's the first name he wanted, but there were legal issues because that is the name of a nonprofit that seeks to empower youth. He clearly never learned basic history or science.

      • Liz Dwyer

        It's sad that that was his twitter response--makes it seem like he knew what he was doing and was simply being arrogant about being called out on it. He may have known the history of the term and not even cared.