The Manifest Destiny t-shirt that has caused an uproar in Indian country has been removed from the website of its retailer, The Gap. Facebook users have hammered the company's page with negative comments since Saturday; many have reportedly been deleted. Within the last couple of hours, The Gap put up the following statement within an unrelated comment thread:
"Thank you for your feedback regarding the 'Manifest Destiny' t-shirt. Based on customer feedback, we will no longer offer the t-shirt in our stores or online."
A search for the shirt on gap.com comes up empty.
Trouble continues to brew, though — the company has not issued an apology, and the shirt's designer is under fire for a comment he tweeted early on. As critics of the shirt were voicing their disappointment, Mark McNairy reportedly tweeted "MANIFEST DESTINY: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST" — the tweet has been taken down, but you can find a copy on various websites, and the latest post on his feed (@mmcnairy) acknowledges its existence: "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."
The consensus opinion from the passionate folks at AIM Southern Cal (facebook.com/aimsocalifornia), who have been on this situation since Saturday, is that McNairy's apology is insufficient.