From the Toronto Star, a clear sign that racism is not a distant memory.

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.”

When Moore called the furniture store, no one called her back. When the paper interviewed the assistant manager of the store, Romesh Kumar, he said the labeling was the supplier’s fault — Cosmos Furniture.

When Paul Kumar (no relation to Romesh) of Cosmos was contacted, he passed the buck to the Chinese company in Guangzhou that he purchased it from for the labeling.

I guess the damn sofa just labeled itself.

H/t, Sheelzebub

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding

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