Honey, Let’s Order The New Sofa In That “Nigger Brown” Colour…

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Some Folks Still Don’t Get It

From one of our readers in the cold cold north comes this tale of furniture manufactured in Guangzhou, Communist China – and the racially charged name that the Chinese manufacturer chose to describe “dark brown”

Racial Slur On Sofa Label Stuns Family

Toronto Star – Canada

When the new chocolate-coloured sofa set was delivered to her Brampton home, Doris Moore was stunned to see packing labels describing the shade as “Nigger-brown.”

She and husband Douglas purchased a sofa, loveseat and chair in dark brown leather last week from Vanaik Furniture and Mattress store on Dundas St. E.

Moore, 30, who describes herself as an African-American born and raised in New York, said it was her 7-year-old daughter who pointed out the label just after delivery men from the Mississauga furniture store left.

“She’s very curious and she started reading the labels,” Moore explained. “She said, `Mommy, what is nig … ger brown?’ I went over and just couldn’t believe my eyes.”

… continue reading this article at the Toronto Star Canada (link here)

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28 responses to “Honey, Let’s Order The New Sofa In That “Nigger Brown” Colour…

  1. Bajanboy

    Last year, Carters and Company was selling a brand of door “F**k Doors”. I kid you not. I took a photo with my cell. I guess words that have terrible meanings in one part of the world, mean something innocuous in other parts of the world.

  2. J. Payne

    The way black kids in America and the rap industry throwing around the “N” word and all that other undesireable hip hop culture slang (“Ho”, “B*tch”, etc. etc.) it is only a matter of time before other cultures in the world like China start viewing blacks like that in general. I’m not shocked. The blacks here in the states buy into throwing around those words to loosely now they’ve reaped the reward of having it all become a part of modern day English language.

  3. BFP Cliverton Not Signed In

    Excellent point, J. Payne

  4. Co-Sign, reap what you sow…

  5. GreyGoose!

    accurate description of the colour! every N will buy it.what’s the problem? offer a spaugy pale colour in ‘Honky White’..no prob..or maybe Grey Goose!
    tit-4-tat,yes?

  6. Patrick Porter

    By the way nigger in French means brown. I am not defending the use of the word, but just pointing out, that it may be a language difference. Just as in Canada we have to have everything in both languages, maybe this is the case. Most articles are printed in several different languages now. So that maybe your explanation

  7. Bajanboy

    Patrick:

    Brown in French is brun. I thought I would tell you that before you get beaten up by a brown skinned French Canadian. I could not find any reference to the use of the word nigger in the French language.

  8. Patrick Porter

    Actually it is spelt niger

  9. DFX

    Bajanboy and Patrick,

    I think you are both right on this one, I have seen spools of thread that my mother had years ago labeled Brown/nigger/niger/brun/cafe and the black thread was Black/negro and yes both spools were labeled MADE IN CHINA I think this is a unfortunate situation of not understanding other cultures and what offends them.

    Only through education can we make it a better world. (Assuming there is a world left after CWC blows up in our faces that is 😉 )

    Later

    DFX

  10. Patrick Porter

    DFX

    How true you are. With all the boys running for cover, there maybe not be a Caribbean world left after the CWC

  11. John

    We’ll get through this one too, …. probably alot stronger too!!

  12. Yardbroom

    Perhaps I am naive, but I don’t think any offence was intended, as the furniture was manufactured in China.

    What could have happened is that someone did a colour match, and the article they matched with had the “N” word description, being unaware of the racial overtones they used the words.

    If you ask why I am of that opinion, I have seen English instructions on some products made in China and they are funny beyond belief.

  13. DFX

    Yardbroom

    Even some instructions on English products are a little misleading. Toothpaste for instance; written on the tube in plain English:- For best results, squeeze bottom. Saw the wife brushing her teeth, followed the instructions and all Hell broke loose 😉

    Keep smiling people!

    DFX

  14. PCDoc

    yes,dfx…
    and dat is a nice bottom, too! All now so I still smiling.
    Planning to get up by you tonite wid dat deadbox, and hope to get a quick peek at it to referesh my memory!

    Later,indeed.

    XX
    _____________________________

  15. Yardbroom

    DFX
    I am glad you said that , I wouldn’t dare !

  16. jodiperry

    In France the f… word is used in Ads promoting soirees and the radio stations do not bleep it when playing english rap songs. Even on msn messenger my french friends use the f… word in their i.d messages very casually ..it doesnt have the same meaning to them as it does to a native english speaker. and there is no translation for nigger in french that i know of..brown is marron or brun(e) (hair colour)

  17. La De Da

    I once worked at a place on a printing machine. In the instruction book on the subject of loading the paper was the note that if you loaded it incorrectly, it would fall out in “one swell foop”– I guess what was supposed to be there was “one fell swoop” The instruction book made many rounds amoung the employees. I am told that the “F” word is a legal term used in the Courts meaning “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” — Variety is the spice of life.

  18. Lady Anon

    Even though this is a serious topic…thanks for the laughs DFX and La De Da.

  19. Upholsterer

    That womans face looks more ‘manufactured than the couch! It mock….It mock! It mock! It mock!

  20. DFX

    Here’s a video clip of this incident.

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f49_1176235704

    Store owner didn’t seem too bothered to me. Pity he might stand to miss out on alot of business.

  21. D'Arts

    Sup mah niggers? Where dem bitches at? HOLLA! hahahaaa *sighs* i need a life….

  22. Lady Anon

    Chinese company blames slur on translation software….

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18209938/

  23. Michael Vela

    Actually I have a spool of English thread from Britain the is called “Nigger Brown”. I was taken back when I found it. I still have it. Just a sign of the time back then I suppose.

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  25. I like the sofa in dark brown color too. It’s so beautiful.

  26. Paul Harris

    Nigger brown was in common usage 50 years ago in England. My grandmother remarked on it, saying you can’t say that anymore, but at one time everyone used it. That was before the word ‘racism’ came into common usage. It was not deemed to be offensive, just as the gollywog was not either. It saddens me that so many have been taken in by political correctness. You know what it is all about though; it is a communist ploy to abolish free speech.

  27. Anonymous

    “Nigger brown was in common usage 50 years ago in England. My grandmother remarked on it, saying you can’t say that anymore, but at one time everyone used it. That was before the word ‘racism’ came into common usage. It was not deemed to be offensive, just as the gollywog was not either. It saddens me that so many have been taken in by political correctness.”

    Agreed. If any of you bothered to learn any history about the language you are massacring, you’d know that, before the slave trade, it was a shade of colour. And still was up to 50 years ago. I think people are just looking too hard for things to take offence to. Unfortunately, Political Correctness has gone too far. What’s sad is that this over use of P.C. is just seperating the people even more, and drawing notice to our differences. Just get over it…

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