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Letter: Jonathan Reynolds
Conduct reprehensible

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Shame on Councilwoman (Sharon Brooks) Hodge. Immature attitudes like the one she exhibited on Tuesday are one of the reasons racism still exists in this country. This behavior exhibits a complete lack of professionalism, common courtesy, and reasonable judgment and reflects poorly on her, the city council and the people of Martinsville and Henry County.

Contrary to the attitudes of those obsessed with political correctness, there is no patent on the color black. It has been used in art and literature for centuries because of its highly symbolic nature. It can be used to represent, among other things, death, obscurity, mystery, formality or lack of knowledge. Even the most basic understanding of literature will reveal this (the illustrated children’s book, “Goodnight, Moon,” is full of such symbolism).

To immediately assume there is a racist statement behind a black figure (especially on a work of art like a quilt, where symbolism is very important) is perpetuating archaic thinking. In a modern world where everyone is supposed to be treated equally, there is no place for that.

As far as I am concerned, everyone is equal in the eyes of God. How can racism come to an end if people continue to insist on bringing up a racial issue where none exists? That’s not to mention the fact that her actions were in a completely inappropriate setting (namely a classroom environment). Hodge’s conduct on Tuesday was totally reprehensible.

Jonathan Reynolds



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