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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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Billiejeens
by Gold Member on May. 7, 2013 at 12:42 PM

 

Honestly, I doubt that she thought about "superiority", I suspect that she is simply so used to being a protected class, that she couldn't handle it.

Quoting MissTacoBell:

Yes she did! When it comes to racist images, anything but black was fine. Meaning Asian, Indian, NA, etc was fine by her, meaning it was more important to be sensitive to black people than other races. That's superiority.


Quoting Tag3.0:

 

 


Quoting MissTacoBell:

Hold your horses now sugar.



"She doesn't think blacks are superior".



Ok, why is she ok with "any color just not black"? What about yellow? If an Asian councilman had burst out the same way she did she's already indicated that she wouldn't care "because its not black".



The problem with racism today is people (white, black, yellow, turquoise) are seeing things and attributing it to racism. It was clearly NOT intended to be racist---he just picked a dark color---but this woman MADE it a racial issue.



We should be celebrating the fact that these kids (and tons of adults) did/saw this project and given this image did not even remotely see the color of the people. That's called racial color blindness. It's the apex goal of transforming from a collection of races to a single united human race.



But then this woman decides to open her mouth and guess what? She RUINED that precious trait, all those kids now have an image of black people being angry and fault-finding people that they didn't have before. For what? She didn't prevent any racist inclinations, for none existed. If there are any there now, it's a product of her actions.



And if you think that's unfair, you just generalized whites by the racist whites in the south. Guess what, there's also a north, a west and an east. Why is it ok to generalize us?



Anyway whatever. Bring the "your racist, missy, 2000", I'm ready. I don't care.



For those of you who don't know, I left CM for a year plus after a certain user stalked me in every thread calling me a racist after I commented on a group of black people pulling guns on me. So whatever.





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.











Youre too much and dont read well. I lived in the south, thats why Iam speaking about racist whites who live there. Not whites in general, but the ones who have expressed their distaste for members of my race.

Make sense yet? 

She didnt say anything about blacks being better. She didnt imply blacks were superior. 


 



 

MissTacoBell
by on May. 7, 2013 at 12:50 PM
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Like that student was so used to black just being a COLOR and not a race that he used it arbitrarily? If his unintended intentions are relevant to her then her unintended intentions should also be relevant.

She didn't mean to imply superiority any more than he meant to be racially insensitive.


Quoting Billiejeens:

 


Honestly, I doubt that she thought about "superiority", I suspect that she is simply so used to being a protected class, that she couldn't handle it.


Quoting MissTacoBell:

Yes she did! When it comes to racist images, anything but black was fine. Meaning Asian, Indian, NA, etc was fine by her, meaning it was more important to be sensitive to black people than other races. That's superiority.



Quoting Tag3.0:


 


 



Quoting MissTacoBell:

Hold your horses now sugar.



"She doesn't think blacks are superior".



Ok, why is she ok with "any color just not black"? What about yellow? If an Asian councilman had burst out the same way she did she's already indicated that she wouldn't care "because its not black".



The problem with racism today is people (white, black, yellow, turquoise) are seeing things and attributing it to racism. It was clearly NOT intended to be racist---he just picked a dark color---but this woman MADE it a racial issue.



We should be celebrating the fact that these kids (and tons of adults) did/saw this project and given this image did not even remotely see the color of the people. That's called racial color blindness. It's the apex goal of transforming from a collection of races to a single united human race.



But then this woman decides to open her mouth and guess what? She RUINED that precious trait, all those kids now have an image of black people being angry and fault-finding people that they didn't have before. For what? She didn't prevent any racist inclinations, for none existed. If there are any there now, it's a product of her actions.



And if you think that's unfair, you just generalized whites by the racist whites in the south. Guess what, there's also a north, a west and an east. Why is it ok to generalize us?



Anyway whatever. Bring the "your racist, missy, 2000", I'm ready. I don't care.



For those of you who don't know, I left CM for a year plus after a certain user stalked me in every thread calling me a racist after I commented on a group of black people pulling guns on me. So whatever.






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.













Youre too much and dont read well. I lived in the south, thats why Iam speaking about racist whites who live there. Not whites in general, but the ones who have expressed their distaste for members of my race.


Make sense yet? 


She didnt say anything about blacks being better. She didnt imply blacks were superior. 



 





 


Billiejeens
by Gold Member on May. 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM
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You are of the opinion that the student used black intentionally as in the Negro race?

I think it is more of a metaphor of black as night, or black hole, or devoid of light,  that turns to gold.

Quoting MissTacoBell:

Like that student was so used to black just being a COLOR and not a race that he used it arbitrarily? If his unintended intentions are relevant to her then her unintended intentions should also be relevant.

She didn't mean to imply superiority any more than he meant to be racially insensitive.


Quoting Billiejeens:

 


Honestly, I doubt that she thought about "superiority", I suspect that she is simply so used to being a protected class, that she couldn't handle it.


Quoting MissTacoBell:

Yes she did! When it comes to racist images, anything but black was fine. Meaning Asian, Indian, NA, etc was fine by her, meaning it was more important to be sensitive to black people than other races. That's superiority.



Quoting Tag3.0:


 


 



Quoting MissTacoBell:

Hold your horses now sugar.



"She doesn't think blacks are superior".



Ok, why is she ok with "any color just not black"? What about yellow? If an Asian councilman had burst out the same way she did she's already indicated that she wouldn't care "because its not black".



The problem with racism today is people (white, black, yellow, turquoise) are seeing things and attributing it to racism. It was clearly NOT intended to be racist---he just picked a dark color---but this woman MADE it a racial issue.



We should be celebrating the fact that these kids (and tons of adults) did/saw this project and given this image did not even remotely see the color of the people. That's called racial color blindness. It's the apex goal of transforming from a collection of races to a single united human race.



But then this woman decides to open her mouth and guess what? She RUINED that precious trait, all those kids now have an image of black people being angry and fault-finding people that they didn't have before. For what? She didn't prevent any racist inclinations, for none existed. If there are any there now, it's a product of her actions.



And if you think that's unfair, you just generalized whites by the racist whites in the south. Guess what, there's also a north, a west and an east. Why is it ok to generalize us?



Anyway whatever. Bring the "your racist, missy, 2000", I'm ready. I don't care.



For those of you who don't know, I left CM for a year plus after a certain user stalked me in every thread calling me a racist after I commented on a group of black people pulling guns on me. So whatever.






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.













Youre too much and dont read well. I lived in the south, thats why Iam speaking about racist whites who live there. Not whites in general, but the ones who have expressed their distaste for members of my race.


Make sense yet? 


She didnt say anything about blacks being better. She didnt imply blacks were superior. 



 



 


 



 

Tag3.0
by on May. 7, 2013 at 1:46 PM



Quoting MissTacoBell:

Yes she did! When it comes to racist images, anything but black was fine. Meaning Asian, Indian, NA, etc was fine by her, meaning it was more important to be sensitive to black people than other races. That's superiority.



You have a direct quote of her saying that?


MissTacoBell
by on May. 7, 2013 at 1:52 PM
""I was just doing a dark color and a bright color," he said.

"...When he asked what color he should have used, she said it didn't matter - as long as it wasn't black."


Quoting Tag3.0:




Quoting MissTacoBell:

Yes she did! When it comes to racist images, anything but black was fine. Meaning Asian, Indian, NA, etc was fine by her, meaning it was more important to be sensitive to black people than other races. That's superiority.







You have a direct quote of her saying that?




kailu1835
by Ruby Member on May. 7, 2013 at 1:58 PM
Idiot. Kids do not need diversity training, and she was completely out of line. It sounds like SHE needs diversity training. She sounds like a complete loon. "You BETTER talk to black people if you are going to run this story!" It isn't negative to say that you were uninformed, and then became educated. And her statement of "you white people" says it ALL.
Tag3.0
by on May. 7, 2013 at 1:59 PM



Quoting MissTacoBell:

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

"...When he asked what color he should have used, she said it didn't matter - as long as it wasn't black."



Thats not what you said though, you said she mentioned asians, etc. She said it didnt matter what color, as long as he didnt use black to represent abscence of light.

Her whole stance is stupid, but she is not racist.

MissTacoBell
by on May. 7, 2013 at 2:51 PM
She said using black was offensive to black people, but any OTHER color (which includes, yellow, tan, white, etc) were fine. An Asian isn't going to like yellow. But she said using any other color (which includes yellow) is fine.

I never said she mentioned Asians specifically. She said any other color was fine to be used in a scenario she found offensive to her race based solely on the color used. That includes yellow, being "any other color as long as its not black". She said that's ok. So we can offend any race except hers?

You see, you're focusing on her EXPRESS intent, while she's focusing on someone else's supposed IMPLIED intent. She can't have her cake and eat it too. If she is going to take a broad interpretation to this work, but expects a narrow interpretation of HER words, that's called a double standard.


Quoting Tag3.0:




Quoting MissTacoBell:

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



"...When he asked what color he should have used, she said it didn't matter - as long as it wasn't black."







Thats not what you said though, you said she mentioned asians, etc. She said it didnt matter what color, as long as he didnt use black to represent abscence of light.

Her whole stance is stupid, but she is not racist.


tnmomofive
by Bronze Member on May. 7, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Screw that lady.Clearly,as others have said, the black one is a symbolism of being without knowledge and the gold enlightened.I cannot believe she ranted and raved at a kid and made them cry.Unreal.

Tag3.0
by on May. 7, 2013 at 4:03 PM



Quoting MissTacoBell:

You see, you're focusing on her EXPRESS intent, while she's focusing on someone else's supposed IMPLIED intent. She can't have her cake and eat it too. If she is going to take a broad interpretation to this work, but expects a narrow interpretation of HER words, that's called a double standard.


Quoting Tag3.0:




Quoting MissTacoBell:

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



"...When he asked what color he should have used, she said it didn't matter - as long as it wasn't black."







Thats not what you said though, you said she mentioned asians, etc. She said it didnt matter what color, as long as he didnt use black to represent abscence of light.

Her whole stance is stupid, but she is not racist.


Read what I wrote in bold. 


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