Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

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Talk about passing the buck….

A chocolate-colored sofa was delivered to the home of an African-American born, raised in NYC woman with a racial slur on the packaging describing the color as “nigger-brown.”

The woman called the furniture store.

“Why should I take the blame?” the furniture store said. “I’m a trader, I don’t manufacture.”

The owner of the supplier….”I import my products from overseas. I’ve never noticed anything like that. This is something new to me.”

He passed the blame on to a Chinese furniture maker in Guangzhou with a demand to remove all similar labels.

So…the Chinese get blamed.

Question: Who taught the Chinese that descriptive term? I can’t imagine a shipping clerk in southern China coming up with it or finding it in a dictionary somewhere.

It is unacceptable to use such a term…it is equally unacceptable for not taking responsibility for mistakes made.

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

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Bill Belew

Bill Belew

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  • Brian says:

    Question: Who taught the Chinese that descriptive term? I can’t imagine a shipping clerk in southern China coming up with it or finding it in a dictionary somewhere.

    I’ve seen some unlikely stuff written by ‘non English speakers’ working from a dictionary and with no first-hand knowledge of the language.

    But yes – were I the merchant I would have taken immediate ownership and comped the lady her couch.

  • Anonymous says:

    American movies? Anyway whoever taught this must be all too familiar with this term.

  • Anonymous says:

    Get a life lady! Sure, it’s offensive, but obviously not racist, they don’t know enough about the term to be racist! Let the manufacturer, or whoever, know about it, but to make a big deal out of this is just stupid! There’s probably a real good chance they heard the term in a rap song, sung by guess what ‘minority’? So all you people out there who thought it was ok to use the term,WRONG! It’s come home to roost!

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