posted on Apr, 9 2007 @ 01:22 AM
Most people will be aware that until a decade or so ago, the 'Ni**er Brown' description was extremely common. Ordinary clothing dyes bore that
description on their package label -- as printed by the manufacturer --- as well as shoes (the name was used on shoe-boxes in stores) jackets,
overcoats, hats, yardage-fabric, etc. It was used to denote a warm brown.
A close, but slightly cooler brown shade of dye colour (again used to describe an endless number of products: shoes, hats, coats, clothing dyes etc)
was 'Donkey Brown'.
Then there were 'Dark Brown' (for very dark shades), 'Mid Brown', 'Bark Brown' etc.
These colour 'names' were not *intended* to be derogatory: they had simply become accepted useage over two hundred or more years within the clothing
industries in particular, but were also used by furniture manufacturers, paint suppliers, etc., in much the same way people know immediately which
colour is referred to when they hear, for example: ' Royal Blue', 'Navy Blue', 'Warm Yellow', etc.
The sofa manufacturer in question is apparently located overseas and in the country where the sofa was made, it may not be politically incorrect to
still use colour-names which were in extremely common useage until quite recently even in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other
Very probably the sofa's manufacturer may still have vats of colour dye bearing the 'Ni**ger Brown' name, and so used this description, without
intending offence, upon his product (which had been dyed using a product bearing that name --- the actual dye powders and ready-prepared vats of dye
would bear the title: 'Ni**er Brown'. Just as other dyes would be labeled, 'Donkey' or 'Dark' or 'Mahogany' browns).
There are still many older residents in many countries who would unthinkingly and without intending offence, refer to a colour shade as 'Ni**ger
Brown' --- and others of their era, again without intending any offence, would know precisely which shade of brown was being referred to. Older
people (from all over the globe) tend not to frequent US forums or alternative news sources as commonly as younger generations.
When they refer to a colour as 'Royal Blue', it is the shade of blue within the dye spectrum that they would be focussed on -- not the 'Royal'.
They would be visualising a warmer blue, as compared to for example, 'Navy' blue. People know that 'Royal' and 'Navy' blues do not actually
refer to Royalty or the navy any longer but are terms used to differentiate between shades of blue.
Many colour shades began as colloquialisms. The colour names were not formally bestowed, initially. For example, amongst the pink shades you will
often find 'Baby' pink, 'Flesh' pink, 'salmon' pink, etc. People were not as sophisticated then -- they were more down to earth, frank and
open. They used names which most easily described what they meant, after which, manufacturers adopted these names for use on their products. That
way, everyone knew more or less what everyone else meant.
The term 'Ni**ger Brown' was coined during that era, when dye techniques and marketing were in their infancy if they existed at all.
In America, the 'ni**ger' term has reached almost hysterical proportions, but yes, the word 'ni**ger' quite obviously derived from the word Negro,
which is an academic (therefore 'correct') term used to denote Negroes, as Caucasian is academically correct. It's just a word.
The word 'Negro' became 'Nigra', because it was easier for some to pronounce, and inevitably it became 'Ni**ger' because that was even easier
for some to pronounce -- remembering that the US was settled by those fluent in vastly different 'foreign' languages, all trying to communicate.
When did Ni**ger become an epithet? Was it during the same period Negroes began referring to non-negroes as 'Honkies' or whatever term is used to
denote a white person? Perhaps it was at this time also that Italians began being referred to as 'Wops' and 'Dagos' and the Irish as 'Micks'
and 'Paddys' and Canadians as 'Canucks' and Asians as 'Slants' and so on. Most racial groups refer to OTHER racial groups using some form of
'shorthand' and 'Ni**ger' was the natural colloquialism or 'nick-name' for Negroes.
So I think we can be confident that the sofa manufacturer was attempting merely to be precise in his labeling by using the term 'Ni**ger Brown' as
would had been written on the dye powders or solution used in the dying of the sofa-materials. That this term fell out of favour relatively recently
in the US may not have been known to him, and this entire explanation would be obvious for anyone over the age of 20 or so.
The purchaser of the sofa claims to have never heard the dye colour 'Ni**ger Brown' before, but such a claim is difficult to take seriously.
Nevertheless, it makes for a lot of publicity. Cynic that I am, I'm tempted to suspect that someone behind the scenes with an agenda searched high
and low for a product still bearing the once common 'Ni**ger Brown' label, in order to shove this fuss in a teacup into the news.
Sure, we no longer use the term 'Ni**ger Brown'. It's unnecessary and causes offence. And the term 'Warm Brown' or 'Chocolate Brown' will
suffice just as well. When the term 'Ni**ger Brown' was coined, people from the Northern Hemisphere had never seen Negroes before. They were
astonished by Negroes. Until then, most people in the Northern Hemisphere lived in the one small town or village all their lives and most of them
never travelled more than ten miles from where they were born.
So, when they saw Negroes, they named a colour after them: 'Ni**ger Brown'. Just as --- if we were be introduced to green aliens today -- we might
label a colour as 'Alien Green'.
The reality is, Negroes are brown. They are not pink or blue. They are brown. In fact, today, Negroes seem to prefer being described as 'Black',
for some reason, which isn't a term I personally favour, although in posts I conform, as 'black' appears to be the 'socially accepted' term these
Does anyone here believe a furniture manufacturer deliberately set out to offend Negroes? Or are people able to understand that what is common useage
in one era becomes 'incorrect' in another, with the changeover period often being quite brief in today's shrinking world.