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An interesting story is breaking in New Jersey where Clinton Tucker, a black employee of Benjamin Moore Paints, has launched a lawsuit claiming that the company apparently named various paint colours after him – allegedly just to disparage his race – and then fired him when he complained.
Mr. Tucker also took exception to the company’s naming of ‘Confederate Red’. While Mr. Tucker found the paint names ‘Tucker Chocolate’ and ‘Clinton Brown’ repulsive (he had worked on these colours before they were named), his white supervisors laughed at him – so Mr. Tucker says in his lawsuit.
Benjamin Moore’s website states that the colours were named after Mr. St. George Tucker in 1798 “for his home facing Courthouse Green” in Williamsburg.
Hmmmmm…. I wonder when that was added to Benjamin Moore’s website.
And to top it off, Benjamin Moore’s ‘Confederate Red’ page says:
Benjamin Moore’s Confederate Red
This rich, refined red is a timeless and enduring classic. A great accent wall color, it is not too bold and won’t overpower a room.
Hmmmmmm. To some folks, myself included, Confederate Red invokes the same thoughts as if the colour was named ‘National Socialist Red’ and said “This rich, refined red is a timeless and enduring classic…”
Obviously I’m not alone as someone left a comment on the Confederate Red page saying,
“Is Benjamin Moore trying to appeal to a certain clientele who longs for the “good ol’ days” of the confederate south? Or perhaps this is a way for the company to let the world know where their loyalties lie without having to ride around in white sheets and hoods or burn crosses.”
My thoughts precisely.
And don’t forget – when it’s time to buy that new sofa, let’s order it in Nigger Brown.
Who will cast the first stone?