Manifest Destiny” Gap new Shirts logo Did they take Paul Frank design class to insult the Indians community ?
” The number of Indians who died because of what we called Manifest Destiny has always been
a subject of debate among scholars, but I believe that the majority of informed historians and
anthropologists now agree that between seven million and eighteen million indigenous people
living in what is today the continental United States when Columbus arrived in the New
World. By 1924 there were fewer than 240,000 left; their ancestors had been victimized by
centuries of disease, starvation and systematic slaughter…
To my mind the killing of Indians was an even larger crime against humanity than the Holocaust;
not only did it take more lives, but it was a crime committed over centuries that continues in some ways to this day…
But we refuse to think of ourselves as a nation that committed genocide.”
“Songs My Mother Taught Me”, 1994.
NFTF was given the task of helping to convince Gap to not only pull their Manifest Of Destiny t-shirts from their on line store, but also convince them to pull the shirts from the stores. It didn’t take long to do that, and Gap did get in touch with NFTF to state that the offensive t-shirts were being pulled off of the market completely. However, the t-shirts creator Mark McNairy tweeted “Manifest Of Destiny Survival Of the Fittest”. This sickens NFTF.
It sickens us because of the depth of ignorance that this statement flows from. McNairy did apologize on Twitter and said that he was deeply wounded about being called a racist. It may well be true that he did not expect to get the reaction that he did when he made his tweet, but it was no accident. It was an act of complete ignorance of the writ of the Manifest Of Destiny. The Manifest Of Destiny is an ideology and nothing more, and yet it shaped this nation’s acquisition of land from sea to shining sea. It was published in a newspaper and grew from there just like the Monroe Doctrine grew from a speech to a call to arms for American Foreign Business Interests.
Neither of these historic relics was made into a law, but were tacit in the landed gentries’ rule of thumb to anything that gets in it’s way. How many of the informed and college educated remember these two items? President Andrew Jackson embraced the writ of Manifest Of Destiny to the point that he had soldiers kill and skin the buffalo that roamed the plains in order to wipe out the Plains Nations. The very idea of this makes NFTF violently ill and finds it hard to get this image out of our mind. How can the use of the writ of Manifest Of Destiny be a matter of survival of the fittest? When the settlers came armed with weapons such as guns, small pox and liquor what were they supposed to do? The Native People’s had never had to deal with these things and were not equipped to deal with them. They did develop techniques over a period of time, but please do not use that as a way to defend the writ of the Manifest Of Destiny. Just as Christ once said “Before Abraham, I was”, before the settlers the Native Americans were.