As we reported earlier today, clothing retailer The Gap is selling a t-shirt that says, for reasons unknown, "Manifest Destiny" — a historical concept that many Natives associate with forced relocation, broken treaties, and genocide.
Why, many Natives wonder, would anyone feel the need to put Manifest Destiny on a t-shirt? It turns out that The Gap alone is not responsible for the design. The shirt was created by Mark McNairy, a designer chosen by GQ magazine as one of America's Best New Designers, and the shirt is in a collection branded "GQ x Gap" (or "Gap x GQ" depending what website you're on).
A blog entry from GQ.com describes the festivities for the launch of the project. And below is a group shot of the designers — McNairy is at right, seated on a stool, wearing a Manifest Destiny shirt underneath a blazer.
For anyone interested in signing, there is a petition at Change.org demanding that Gap discontinue the shirt. Over the past few hours, the number of signatures has jumped from 1,500 to over 2,800. Immense credit goes to AIM Southern Cal for raising this issue on its Facebook page on Saturday and hammering at it relentlessly over the past couple days.