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Letter: Ellen Jessee
Let’s enlighten ourselves
Sunday, April 28, 2013
I think Councilwoman Sharon Brooks Hodge missed the point of the symbols used in the quilt square.
It would seem that the color of the figures does not represent skin color since there is no such thing as a gold person, with the exception perhaps of the gold painted dead woman in the James Bond movie “Goldfinger” or the mythological Midas’ daughter who turned to gold when he touched her after his wish was granted that everything he touched would turn to gold.
My interpretation is that the black figure and the gold figure refer to a symbolic color of their minds rather than the color of their skins. The black indicates the dark night when a person cannot see or understand, whereas the gold is the golden daylight, where a person can see and understand.
Would the councilwoman have the students pretend that the night is not dark and that people can in fact see in the dark? Would she have the students change the word “enlighten” to “endarken”?
I think the councilwoman would agree that it is a positive thing for all of us to strive to have our minds enlightened whether our skin color is black, white, red, yellow or any color.