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Councilwoman lectures high school students over offensive black stick figure

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Councilwoman lectures high school students over offensive black stick figure

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High school students in Virginia just wanted to celebrate their city with a quilt, but their presentation ended in controversy when a City Councilwoman was so offended by a black stick figure on the quilt that she tried to block it from public display.

High school juniors at Piedmont Governor's School in Martinsville each made a panel for a quilt project as a celebration of what they learned about the region and local government.

The sixteen students each took turns explaining panels, one depicting street lamps in appreciation of how the city serves its people. But one panel stopped the whole presentation.

"We got to walk across the Philpott Dam and the small black person represents us before we learned all the information," explained a female student, "and then the bigger gold person is how he feels after he's been enriched with all the different knowledge."

Councilwoman Sharon Brooks-Hodge seized on the small panel in the bottom-left, interrupting the student.

"Excuse me. Um, why is the small black person the negative image?" asked Brooks-Hodge.

As Brooks-Hodge continued criticizing the quilt panel, the girl explaining the panel started to cry.

Stick figure on quilt called racist

"This isn't the girl who did the panel, and now this City Councilwoman is making this sixteen-year-old girl defend something that is purely based on the Councilwoman's insanity," said Dori.

The male student that created the panel explained that he didn't mean the black stick figure to depict race.

"I was just doing a dark color and a bright color," he said.

Brooks-Hodge continued to challenge him, saying that the black color offended her "as a person who is of dark color." When he asked what color he should have used, she said it didn't matter - as long as it wasn't black.

"Whoever reviewed that to make a small black person the before and the gold which you are afterwards, considering you only talked to 10 percent of black people in a city that's 45 percent African-American, I take offense to that and I hope that you do not display that," Brooks-Hodge said.

The class had planned to hang the quilt at a municipal building, but Brooks-Hodge demanded that it not be shown publicly.

The local chapter of the NAACP later sent a letter to the City Council in support of Brooks-Hodge, saying "This young man had not received training on how offensive depictions like this were to people of color. If he had, this incident could have been avoided."

Dori says that the Councilwoman's reaction spoiled what could have been an incredible learning opportunity.

"Here's what we've learned: these kids, they try to do something nice for the city, for their government, and they're greeted by the insanity of political correctness," said Dori.

by on May. 6, 2013 at 4:12 PM
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BuckeyezRule
by Bronze Member on May. 7, 2013 at 1:05 AM
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Wow, yes. I own a permanent marker that is black ink. Am I racist if I write my kids' name on his/her property? My own kids have used those markers to draw with. 

My ds even came to me, misguided a few years back on skin color from kids at school. I used it as a teaching moment. My kids love everyone. 

Ds was probably racist when he drew himself and friends in his class of different nationalities/colors. He did draw a black stick figure, and 5 more black stick figures. Ds was one of the 'black' stick figures. He's as pale as a ghost. He just drew himself with his friends, using a black marker.

I find this lady actually hurts African Americans. Jmho 


Quoting finnbar:

Really? A kid should have received training in appropriate stick figure drawing?



Tag3.0
by on May. 7, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Im from the south sugar, born and raised. Im also black and am familiar with the south's history of racisim. The fact that segregated proms still exist shows the south has alot of growing up to do. 

You know what is fuinny, that woman never mentioned anything about klansman in her statement, yet here you are speaking for her. I find that alot of people like to do that for blacks, put words in their mouths as if they know how we all think and act. Fuck, Im black and I dont know how all blacks think. Her personal experiences may have led her to draw that conclusion. Shes older than me and Im in my late 20's. Ive been called all kinds of names by the glorious racist whites of the south. Some of them even had your atrocious mindset and assumed all us "coloreds" were the same. 

You are doing exactly what you claim this woman is doing. Stop it.

You also gave me the definition of racisim, what this woman did was not racisim. She doesn't think blacks are superior, unless I missed that part in her interview. 

As an educated negro, Iam well aware of those definitions and use the words wisely.



Quoting Fjamrkr:

"a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others."

Here in the south, you run into all kinds of blacks with this mindset exactly. Either they see whites as klansmen trying to oppress them or they talk down to you like they're above you because their ancestors went through a lot to get them the freedoms they take for granted now.
When's the last time you heard a white person in the news complain that somebody offended them by using a color?
It is imagined racism on her part. Whether you like that or not. She got offended by what she saw and what she imagined. Not by what the artist portrayed.



Tag3.0
by on May. 7, 2013 at 9:08 AM



Quoting BuckeyezRule:

Wow, yes. I own a permanent marker that is black ink. Am I racist if I write my kids' name on his/her property? My own kids have used those markers to draw with. 

My ds even came to me, misguided a few years back on skin color from kids at school. I used it as a teaching moment. My kids love everyone. 

Ds was probably racist when he drew himself and friends in his class of different nationalities/colors. He did draw a black stick figure, and 5 more black stick figures. Ds was one of the 'black' stick figures. He's as pale as a ghost. He just drew himself with his friends, using a black marker.

I find this lady actually hurts African Americans. Jmho 




Unbelieveable. Why did you even have to be white? 



UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on May. 7, 2013 at 9:18 AM

I guess she has a right to be offended by whatever she wants. The problem, IMO...is that she thinks people should care. IMO, this is why Facebook and Twitter are bad influences. People think that their opinion is important ALL THE TIME, even when no one asks for it.

Sometimes you should just keep your thought in your head...maybe share it with family. You don't need to make a public announcement everytime a synapse fires in your brain.

DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on May. 7, 2013 at 9:19 AM

I saw this the other day on the news, I thought it was ridiculous. Smh. This is a prime example of PC getting out of hand. The kids didn't have a racial thought in their heads while designing this. 

We all use the term "in the dark" when we are not informed on a subject. Then when we have been educated, it is sometimes called "coming into the light." Or " they have seen the light". It has nothing to do with the color of our skin. That is all I saw from this depiction. I feel bad for that kid who was made to cry over this. She was probably mortified. 

Radarma
by "OneDar" on May. 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM
"Sugar" is talking down to someone. And if I called you a negro, you would blow a fucking gasket. Why, because I am white. Since you want to be our spokesperson for people of color, tell me won't cha...ever heard any black folk say they are FOR segregation? I HAVE. Keep it real.
Quoting Tag3.0:

Im from the south sugar, born and raised. Im also black and am familiar with the south's history of racisim. The fact that segregated proms still exist shows the south has alot of growing up to do. 

You know what is fuinny, that woman never mentioned anything about klansman in her statement, yet here you are speaking for her. I find that alot of people like to do that for blacks, put words in their mouths as if they know how we all think and act. Fuck, Im black and I dont know how all blacks think. Her personal experiences may have led her to draw that conclusion. Shes older than me and Im in my late 20's. Ive been called all kinds of names by the glorious racist whites of the south. Some of them even had your atrocious mindset and assumed all us "coloreds" were the same. 

You are doing exactly what you claim this woman is doing. Stop it.

You also gave me the definition of racisim, what this woman did was not racisim. She doesn't think blacks are superior, unless I missed that part in her interview. 

As an educated negro, Iam well aware of those definitions and use the words wisely.



Quoting Fjamrkr:

"a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others."

Here in the south, you run into all kinds of blacks with this mindset exactly. Either they see whites as klansmen trying to oppress them or they talk down to you like they're above you because their ancestors went through a lot to get them the freedoms they take for granted now.
When's the last time you heard a white person in the news complain that somebody offended them by using a color?
It is imagined racism on her part. Whether you like that or not. She got offended by what she saw and what she imagined. Not by what the artist portrayed.



Radarma
by "OneDar" on May. 7, 2013 at 10:01 AM
Quoting DestinyHLewis:

I saw this the other day on the news, I thought it was ridiculous. Smh. This is a prime example of PC getting out of hand. The kids didn't have a racial thought in their heads while designing this. 

We all use the term "in the dark" when we are not informed on a subject. Then when we have been educated, it is sometimes called "coming into the light." Or " they have seen the light". It has nothing to do with the color of our skin. That is all I saw from this depiction. I feel bad for that kid who was made to cry over this. She was probably mortified. 

You raise a critical point. Black/white....has forever been associated with good/evil...I am about ready to say let's get rid of the word "black" and just use "brown".
DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on May. 7, 2013 at 10:04 AM


Yes, but that stems from the "fear" of the night, and the safety of the "daylight". Not the color of skin. I get what you are saying, but even if we used brown, someone would come up with a way to make that negative. 

Quoting Radarma:

Quoting DestinyHLewis:

I saw this the other day on the news, I thought it was ridiculous. Smh. This is a prime example of PC getting out of hand. The kids didn't have a racial thought in their heads while designing this. 

We all use the term "in the dark" when we are not informed on a subject. Then when we have been educated, it is sometimes called "coming into the light." Or " they have seen the light". It has nothing to do with the color of our skin. That is all I saw from this depiction. I feel bad for that kid who was made to cry over this. She was probably mortified. 

You raise a critical point. Black/white....has forever been associated with good/evil...I am about ready to say let's get rid of the word "black" and just use "brown".



Radarma
by "OneDar" on May. 7, 2013 at 10:07 AM

 Yeah, probably.

I get so damn tired of adults poisoning the minds of kids.

This "council woman" is a nut.

Quoting DestinyHLewis:

 

Yes, but that stems from the "fear" of the night, and the safety of the "daylight". Not the color of skin. I get what you are saying, but even if we used brown, someone would come up with a way to make that negative. 

Quoting Radarma:

Quoting DestinyHLewis:

I saw this the other day on the news, I thought it was ridiculous. Smh. This is a prime example of PC getting out of hand. The kids didn't have a racial thought in their heads while designing this. 

We all use the term "in the dark" when we are not informed on a subject. Then when we have been educated, it is sometimes called "coming into the light." Or " they have seen the light". It has nothing to do with the color of our skin. That is all I saw from this depiction. I feel bad for that kid who was made to cry over this. She was probably mortified. 

You raise a critical point. Black/white....has forever been associated with good/evil...I am about ready to say let's get rid of the word "black" and just use "brown".

 

 

 

DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on May. 7, 2013 at 10:11 AM


Totally agree. 

Quoting Radarma:

 Yeah, probably.

I get so damn tired of adults poisoning the minds of kids.

This "council woman" is a nut.

Quoting DestinyHLewis:


Yes, but that stems from the "fear" of the night, and the safety of the "daylight". Not the color of skin. I get what you are saying, but even if we used brown, someone would come up with a way to make that negative. 

Quoting Radarma:

Quoting DestinyHLewis:

I saw this the other day on the news, I thought it was ridiculous. Smh. This is a prime example of PC getting out of hand. The kids didn't have a racial thought in their heads while designing this. 

We all use the term "in the dark" when we are not informed on a subject. Then when we have been educated, it is sometimes called "coming into the light." Or " they have seen the light". It has nothing to do with the color of our skin. That is all I saw from this depiction. I feel bad for that kid who was made to cry over this. She was probably mortified. 

You raise a critical point. Black/white....has forever been associated with good/evil...I am about ready to say let's get rid of the word "black" and just use "brown".



 



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