Martinsville, VA -Does this quilt offend you? On Tuesday evening at the regular city council meeting in the city of Martinsville, that is just what happened when a council member was offended by the “little black figure” in the circled pictured.
Last night, Martinsville City council heard a presentation on a survey of Martinsville-Henry County residents conducted by students of the Piedmont Governor’s School, as part of Nina Huff’s junior research class.
The goal of the survey was to show residents’ thoughts about the quality of services provided by the city, opportunities in community life, and overall local quality of life.
Over 2,000 surveys were distributed to city and county residents, who were at least 18 years of age, with around a third returned completed. According to students in the research class, most responses were from county residents.
Students designed and created a patchwork quilt with scenes depicting what they had learned from the survey, which was donated to the city to be placed on public display.
However, one council member took particular offense at one of the squares on the quilt. Newly-elected member Sharon Brooks-Hodge voiced offense at a square on the quilt depicting a black stick person on one of the squares. Hodge, in an angry tone, chastised the student who created the square for not checking to see if the design would be considered offensive, and said the quilt should not be put on public display.
Hodges’ remarks caused many of the students to cry and leave the council chambers, followed by parents and school officials.
Other council members weren’t happy with Hodge’s comments, and let their thoughts be known. Councilman Danny Turner said he thought Hodges’ comments were inappropriate, and that he supported the children’s efforts.
Council member Mark Stroud said pointedly that he would like to make about Hodge’s remarks, but they would be inappropriate for a public meeting.
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