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Why A Family's Anger Over A Misspelling On An Ohio Birthday Cake Is Justified

| by Nicholas Roberts
Lamiya Tucker's Birthday Cake, With MisspellingLamiya Tucker's Birthday Cake, With Misspelling

Several members of a family in Cleveland, Ohio, were angered when one of the two cakes they ordered for their 6-year-old's birthday party appeared to show a racial slur.

LaMiya Tucker was reportedly upset when a cake the family ordered read "LaNiga" instead of the young girl's name, WOIO reports. 

"I was very upset and angry and it felt like racism to me cause how do you get one cake wrong and one cake right. You had to notice the mistake," said Ashely Hayes, LaMiya's mother.

"It's no mistake with a 'M' and a 'N' and a 'G' and a 'Y.' It's no mistaking. It really upset me," she added.

After calling Burt Saltzman, the owner of the bakery where the cakes were purchased, the family was told the misspelling was a mistake and received an apology.

Saltzman said, "I do have to apologize because I do think the fellow, the manager who handled it, could have handled it in a better manner. We'll work it out and leave it as is, worked out and everything is cool."

The family was satisfied enough with Saltzman's apology and accepted that it was most likely a mistake. Some may argue that no apology was even warranted in the first place, but the fact is that it served to defuse the situation and help assuage the family's concerns. 

Overall, it seems that the misspelling came down to a reason earlier dismissed by Hayes; the baker probably confused an upper-case "M" with an "N" and a lower-case "y" with a "g." Still, the family's concerns seem understandable given the closeness of the misspelled name to a well-known racist, pejorative term.

Sources: WOIO / Photo credit: WOIO