Charity apologises for asking supporters to donate $14.92 because the number is offensive

Charity apologises for asking supporters to donate $14.92 because the number is offensive

A women’s charity asked supporters to donate $14.92 in an email - and it quickly received flak due to the offensive connotations of the number.

The organization, which developed out of the 2017 march and now conducts the yearly event, sent out an email with the subject line “$14.92.”

“We have an important favor to ask,” the email read.

Subscribers on the email list were then asked if they’d like to donate the $14.92.

The year 1492 surrounds Italian explorer Christopher Columbus’ voyaging to the Americas via the Atlantic ocean.

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Although Columbus still has a holiday named after him, several communities have renamed it Indigenous Peoples Day to honor the native people that Columbus massacred.

As a result, the organisation tweeted out an apology saying that it “was an oversight on our part.”

Despite the apology, the group garnered ridicule from people on the right.

Former George W. Bush Press Secretary Ari Fleischer tweeted, “‘Let’s all chip in and raise the amount to $17.76. Then they’ll really lose their minds.”

“They don’t want your $$ (because they hate America SOOOO much), but please feel free to contribute $14.92 to our campaign! Or $17.76.Or $20.24. Happy Thanksgiving!” wrote Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

On the other hand, the organisation Indigenous Women Rising wrote that “this is not a good look at all.”

“This proves that Indigenous people are inherently not even thought of in this movement. We are yet again another afterthought and IT IS F****** HURTFUL.”

Here’s what other people had to say.

The organisation further noted that they are “committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect,” according to their website.

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