Councilwoman calls children’s quilt racist

So. People are gonna get mad at me about this. But if I’m going to hit folks on the left and the right, I’m going to be honest about it. Being a black conservative doesn’t mean that I’m never offended, or that I don’t see racist behavior and get offended by it.

This offended me. A quilt the depicts a tiny black figure as the ignorant unenlightened before picture and a golden white figure as the intelligent learned after is offensive to a black person.

The councilwoman was too upset to handle it professionally. I do wish that she could have done a better job of containing her anger and expressed herself respectfully.

The children aren’t to blame; its the adults who should’ve corrected that incorrect depiction of blacks as a whole.

Fire away.

Via the Reagan Coalition
A city councilwoman says a quilt made by a group of students should not be allowed to hang in the Martinsville City administration building.

She says the quilt is offensive to African Americans.

But the students who made it say it showcases what they learned working on a special project.

It’s a story that’s got plenty of people talking.

It was supposed to be a nice gesture from students at the Piedmont Governor’s School in Martinsville.

Each student made a quilt square.

But one representing their journey learning about the area with a black stick figure offended councilwoman Sharon Brooks-Hodge.

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    David 8 May, 2013 at 08:59 Reply

    It’s actually more of a Christian metaphor than racist. Before we were trapped in darkness and without hope or knowledge. Now we are in the light. If you notice, the second figure is not white but golden. If you see everything through the prizm of racism, you can find it anywhere and anytime.

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    Steve Tuck 8 May, 2013 at 09:04 Reply

    Yeah Stacy, I’d truly have to agree with you on that one. When I first saw it, I was like well . . .I can sort of see her point!

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    Margaret 8 May, 2013 at 09:11 Reply

    I truly believe that the Councilwoman is afflicted with a particular type of prejudice. She looks for and finds prejudice in everything. It has been an accepted belief that ignorance is a dark place and you are enlightened when you learn more about life. I know that this is what the students were trying to represent….out of the dark and into the light. The wording they used was that the small “dark” person represented them before they were enlightened and came into the light and the “light” person was representative of that same person afterwards. I do not believe that because African descendants have chosen to call themselves black that they now own the words, black, brown, tan or dark. These words are part of the English language. I think the congresswoman would be “enlightened” to accept a persons words as they were intended and not always be on the defensive and trying to make things appear prejudice! Just my opinion.

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    Stephen 8 May, 2013 at 10:18 Reply

    When you posted this comment, I took another look at the story thinking I missed something. That single figure was supposed to represent ALL of the students pre knowledge of the subject. If you don’t know you are “in the dark” hence the dark figure. It was not meant to literally represent a skin color. The students were trying to explain this. It’s just that simple. What is it when my 8 yr old draws a simple stick figure on white paper using a black pen. Is that supposed to be a really skinny black person with a huge white head that has black skin on it? Just how far down the rabbit hole do we want to go looking for something that isn’t there?

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    Brian Canfield 8 May, 2013 at 17:31 Reply

    could be a teaching opportunity. Yes it is offensive, but the children need to be shown why this is offensive and how they could have depicted in a better way. Maybe even, though it is not easy, remove one (or both_) of the problem squares and replace with a more appropriate depiction.

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    Stacy isan idiot. 13 May, 2013 at 02:54 Reply

    You are an idiot. Look at your skin is it jet black, like the color of a sharpie? And what about all those high and mighty gold people out there? Jeez, what jerks they are right? What’s funny to me is, those kids didn’t mean any kind of racial incensitivity with that image, but you are offended because you are that little black stick figure, ignorant, you have proven the point that you are defending against that they didn’t even mean. Also, was it okay for that idiot council woman to say it was okay to remove the black stick figure and replace it with a white one? She didn’t even say “another color” she said white, so apparently, it’s okay to portray whites as ignorant, or unenlightened. Is that not racism? The only difference is that these kids were blindsided with an allegation of racism, and she was blatant about being racist. Please kill yourselves, and just to clarify, I mean that council woman and whoever agrees with her, not black people, before you make that comment a racial remark to. Fucking idiots…

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      StacyOnTheRight 13 May, 2013 at 07:55 Reply

      Struck a nerve huh? Not too much of one since you had to put in a fake email address to comment.

      And my ire about this situation is directed at the adults, not the kids, which you would have seen had you read what the posting said.
      Rock on Leftist!!!

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    No, sorry. 26 August, 2013 at 12:13 Reply

    Because gold=white. Yeah, that’ll sure make jewelry manufacturers happy. Why buy a wedding ring when you can get one made out of the flayed skin of white people instead?

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