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Thursday, May 2, 2013
For the last couple days, I’ve searched your fine newspaper for coverage of the quilt controversy in Martinsville but, alas, not one word on this controversial racial subject. (Most local TV stations covered this story.) So, please allow me, a resident of this small community, to enlighten your readers.
A quilt recently presented to the Martinsville City Council made by students from the Piedmont Governor’s School seems to have offended Councilwoman Sharon Brooks Hodge, who just happens to be the only black member on this council.
Evidently, neither the teacher nor the student thought that describing a drawing of a “small black person” crossing a bridge and changing into another color, and being happier for this evolution, would be negative to the only black member on the council. It didn’t help that all the students and the teacher making the presentation were white.
Since this presentation, which can be found on YouTube, the Martinsville Bulletin has been bombarded with letters from mostly irate white readers who are outraged that Councilwoman Hodge would directly complain about this black figure in the meeting, thus making the student cry.
Some even say they wished they’d never voted for Hodge, and some are screaming for her resignation. Poor woman. Reading these many angry letters, you’d think she’d committed a really heinous crime, like Sandy Hook. (Shaking my head.)
I also noticed that your fine newspaper seldom has editorials or letters that address race issues. Many want to believe that all is hunky-dory in the South, and that we all get along just fine and dandy. If this is so true, why is there a Klan headquarters in Martinsville, one of only four in Virginia?
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