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Councilwoman Sharon Brooks Hodge offended by gift


“The good ole boy network is going to stop. I am a voice for the black people. I am not one of your locally home grown house negroes. I don’t shuffle, I don’t tap dance, and I don’t take out the garbage… Some of the citizens in Martinsville need to wake up because I am black. I am also a voice for black people and we are tired, we are fed up and we are not taking it anymore” said Sharon Brooks Hodge, a member of Martinsville City Council, speaking to a Martinsville television reporter.

The interview was in response to an incident at a Martinsville City Council meeting where a group of the most gifted and talented students of the region were presenting a quilt they had made for Council to display to the public. The presentation was the culmination of a citizen perspectives study they had conducted as part of a class research project at the Piedmont Governor’s School and the quilt was intended to illustrate their learning process.

Each student made a square for the quilt of an event that impressed them during the course. The square in question illustrated a field trip to the Martinsville hydroelectric dam. “…The small black person represents us before we learned all the information and then the bigger gold person is how he feels after he’s been enriched with all the different knowledge” a student said as the quilt was being displayed before Council.

“Excuse me. Um, why is the small black person the negative image?” Hodge said.

“It’s not negative. It’s just showing how much we increased” said the student.

“I take offense to that” said Hodge.

After the rest of the squares were explained, the student who made the square that upset Hodge approached the podium and told her “I didn’t mean to make it offensive.”

“Whoever reviewed that to make a small black person the before and the gold which you are afterwards, considering you only talked to 10 percent of black people in a city that’s 45 percent African-American, I take offense to that and I hope that you do not display that” Hodge said.

“They weren’t prepared for that. They all cried” said Dr. Nina Huff, the teacher who taught the class and led the presentation. After the tense encounter Huff and all the children left Council Chambers stunned and in shock.

“The square focused on our visit to the hydroelectric power plant, which was an amazing learning experience for us. The student placed a small dark figure to the left of the dam and a larger gold figure to the right. It symbolized our being in darkness about the value of the facility before our tour and glowing with new knowledge afterwards. It was never viewed as anything but positive” said Huff.

Councilman Danny Turner said he went to the Piedmont Governor’s School the following day and apologized for Hodge’s remarks. Councilman Gene Teague said the entire incident was “regrettable.” Councilman Mark Stroud said toward the end of the meeting that the words he had for the incident “were not appropriate to say during a Council meeting.”

Mayor Kim Adkins flatly called Hodge wrong when Hodge implied to a reporter that Adkins supported her actions. “While I regard Ms. Hodge to be a diligent member of council and have been impressed with her eagerness to learn everything she can about city government and her role as a member of Council, I find her combativeness to make a point disheartening and counterproductive…”

“I have a new perspective that our new generation of leaders, those currently in high school and younger, for the most part, as demonstrated at our last Council meeting, are growing up in their formative years, to see those of different races not so different at all. It will be our new generation of young adults, who will create a new normal in our city where a description of skin color will not ignite an emotional response as what had occurred on April 23rd” said Mayor Adkins.

Hodge has stated Mayor Adkins called her the morning after the meeting and apologized for not standing up for her.

The experience for the students have left them “extremely upset and confused” reports Dr. Huff. “We’ve talked about it quite a bit. We’ve talked about it as a team. We know why we did what we did. We believe in the reason we started the quilt and the passion that drove the quilt. All of that was based on positivity and celebration. We know what’s in our hearts” she said.

“The way that it was done was very hurtful. I’m always welcome to people’s views and ideas, but the way it was done really shocked them, because they meant so much positive and good” Huff explained.

The quilt is on the desk of newly appointed City Manager Leon Towarnicki. According to a live television interview on WYAT-TV40 with Mayor Kim Adkins and Councilman Gene Teague it is unlikely the issue of displaying the quilt as intended will come to a vote. The matter will most likely be decided by Towarnicki in consultation with Council.

According to verybestofvirginia.com, Dr. Huff says, at this point, the location is irrelevant.

“The quilt was made and donated as a gesture of gratitude to the Council and was entirely designed with thoughts of growth, unity, and teamwork. Whether it hangs in the Martinsville Municipal building or the walls of my classroom, it will always remind us of the dedication and passion that drove its creation” says Huff.

Hodge is already on record as being critical and admittedly uninformed on the City’s educational system. She is quoted in the Martinsville Bulletin as referring to the Boys & Girls Club, which had been allocated a little more than $15,000 from the city in its current fiscal year as being no more than “glorified baby-sitting.”

“I’m not well-versed on issues involving the local schools.” Hodge told the Martinsville Bulletin during her election campaign. She said she sent her two daughters to the private Caldwell Academy in Greensboro, N.C.

Hodge also has expressed favor toward segregated schools. “Hodge said she would favor same-sex or same-race classes in schools if they are not publicly funded. She said parents should be able to put their kids in such class ‘if you feel like your child is going to learn better in them’ by not having to contend with social issues that could impede the learning process” according to a Martinsville Bulletin article.

Despite Hodge’s negative attitude toward the local educational system, and her expressed interest in returning to a more segregated and defined time of black and white, a former African-American student of the Piedmont Governor’s School might beg to differ.

Laren Graves, an African-American graduate of the Piedmont Governor’s School recently told the George Mason University alumni newsletter “I have never felt that being a minority or being a woman disadvantaged (me). “Just by showing up, you change their perspectives” she says.

“I’ve always looked at ways to eliminate those disparities,” she said.

Givens graduated from the Piedmont Governor’s School and three years later she held degrees in English, Government, and Politics from George Mason University. At twenty-seven years old, she is now the Director of Human Resources for Pooler, Georgia.

Sharon Brooks Hodge would prefer students and educators be taught about the disparities so they could be sensitive to them. She calls it “diversity training.”

The students of the Piedmont Governor’s School, as evidenced by the successful Laren Graves, no longer carry the baggage of racial disparity that Hodge does.

83 Responses to Councilwoman Sharon Brooks Hodge offended by gift

  1. Mona April 29, 2013 at 10:40 am

    What you really have here is a black councilwoman who is a white racist- she should be removed from the council. What an embarrassment she is for the community. She is also ignorant and has no manners. The one who needs the educating is her! How awful for the student who had to defend their art in a moment of giving.

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  2. Kirk April 29, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Wow, you talk about a racist, This woman is the mold. A typical Jeremiah Wright clone.

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  3. Cindy April 29, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Sharon Brooks Hodge what a flipping “female dog” and a stupid one to boot.
    Yes, I said stupid because the ignorant can learn, you can’t fix stupid.

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    • ROD April 29, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      beyond stupid.
      she
      Can’t Understand Normal Thinking

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  4. Keith April 29, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I don’t think I would have even responded to the small, petty woman’s sense of offense. What can one say to a person who is so stupid?

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  5. Rich April 29, 2013 at 11:19 am

    If you look at the whole quilt, there’s another panel with a black figure walking into a house. No ‘white’ figure anywhere. This women is a nut. So much for ‘post racial’. She had the kids crying about this.

    I have some ideas on what to do with this quilt that I’m sure ms Hodge’s would not approve of.

    Her ‘voice for black people’ is doing a huge disservice to ‘black people’.

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    • James Pence April 30, 2013 at 10:19 am

      For the quilt to have been considered racial ,in that one panel, the larger figure would have had to have been completely white, not gold. Then , it could have been perceived as black and white, duh ?
      I agree that Mrs. Hodge is not only in error but promotes a type of reverse discrimination toward other races. That is not what Martin Luther KIng, Jr. marched and fought for. He wanted equality of the races and not superiority of one race or the other. I also , as a pastor, find her call for “same sex” teaching in our public schools to be scary. There is enough gender confusion in the society already without one agenda being pushed over another. That type of education should be done in the home by parents who wish to model what a committed one man-one woman relationship is.

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      • JGK May 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm

        I am sick to my stomach over this I grew up in Memphis, TN and grew up around a lot of grown ups like her. I think she should at least apologies if not be fired. It like the pot calling the kettle black. Works both ways she is being racists so sad I hope my children when they grow up don’t run into this a much as I did growing up.

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  6. Dent April 29, 2013 at 11:29 am

    When it comes to blacks it’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    It’s pointless to interact with blacks. To do so is to risk being denounced as a racist. Any innocent phrase or word can be misconstrued as a racist slight.

    Being around blacks is just waiting for a bomb to explode which is why I avoid blacks as much as I can.

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    • William April 30, 2013 at 12:15 am

      Wow, you obviously have some racist issues of your own. And just in case your wondering,….I’m white. Just sayin’.

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      • kevin April 30, 2013 at 9:53 am

        No, he is a realist.

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      • Joe April 30, 2013 at 10:07 am

        Dent may have racial issues… but he is on to something. To be correct, it is when it comes to modern liberals, you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t, and most black Americans are liberal.

        It is pointless to interact with modern liberals, including most black Americans, teachers, lawyers, union members, etc as they will attack anyone with the “you are racist” as soon as you look at them cross-eyed.

        As Dent tried to say, being around modern liberals is just waiting for a bomb to explode and they should be avoided.

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        • Stefani Hutchison May 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

          Recently on our local new station’s website there was an article about a woman who had left her four young children home alone and the trailer caught fire and all four kids were killed. All the outraged comments afterward were simply the anger towards a neglectful mother yet one poster decided this was a race issue and accused the other posters of being racist. When I called her on her comment and asked her to quote any racist comment to back her statement up she responded that there are racist “code words” that black people know about. Sheesh, it’s bad enough that we have to watch out for what we say, but now, apparently, there is a secret code we have to be careful of, too!

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  7. Tailspin April 29, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Let’s try to take a look at the upside to Hogs hateful outburst: With that incident, I would hope that the majority of those students and those adults who have learned of it have been liberated from the idiocy of “diversity indoctrination”. Hopefully, Hogs more realistic and functional version of “sensitivity training” will allow them to function better in the real world, and no longer fear calling a spade a spade.

    See? Upside.

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  8. Chris Philips April 29, 2013 at 11:39 am

    My family and I just spent a week in Washington DC and Baltimore. The people we met, of many races, were all helpful and pleasant, and I can’t imagine what group of hateful bigots thought enough of this terrible harpy that they elected her to anything.
    She should be sent to diversity training and be required to make a public speech on what it means to be an American.
    Instead, she will shame the rest of the cowards on the council into not displaying the quilt.
    This country is in deep trouble.

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  9. Jamie Line Wright April 29, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Councilwoman Sharon Brooks Hodge is carrying around a heavy boulder of resentment which she drops on children’s toes. After she gets a moment to reflect, she picks it up and drops it on them again. I am not favorably impressed.

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    • Stefani Hutchison May 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Just wanted to give you a “thumbs up”!! lol Well said!

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  10. Mr. White April 29, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Typical ignorant pavement ape. If there isn’t a problem, make one up. It’s the usual “everyone is a victim” song and dance manufactured by the likes of the NAACP.

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  11. Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin April 29, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Hodge, that comment to little children was really unnecessary. Many of us out here are totally fed up too, but we’re white. So, how do we resolve this now? We don’t like constantly being criticized for every little perceived wrong, our religion ridiculed, our guns restricted when we’ve broken no laws with them, etc., ad nauseum. Yet, you and your ilk keep pushing us toward despotic rule.

    Do you actually thing that people are going to keep taking this forever? And, when they have had enough, what do you propose to do then? Conditions have improved dramatically for blacks over the past 50 years in every avenue of life. Do you propose with your attitude to resurrect hatred between the races for a perceived wrong and ignite conflict? To what purpose? Why would you do such a thing? The ONLY motive can be a lust for dictatorial power to tell everyone else how to think, live, eat, work, sleep, etc. — it is not Christlike what you’re doing, it’s not going to work and the consequences will be horrific. How foolish.

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  12. Fred April 29, 2013 at 11:56 am

    The entire community needs to come together and work to get this nasty POS voted out of office. Sure, the other black racists will continue to vote for a fellow black racist, but as the article states, the city is still 55% non-black. Band together and get this black segregationist out of your city government.

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    • Debbie May 3, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Sharon Brooks Hodge has not just offended whites, she has offended EVERYONE…doesn’t matter what color. Sharon doesn’t need to go because she’s black. She needs to go because she DOES NOT represent her constituents. She has an agenda to divide rather than to unite. She never should have been voted into this office. She is bitter and angry and it goes way beyond the situation about the quilt.

      She is also a good reminder that before you vote someone into any office you should do your homework and learn who someone is as a person. A lot of what has come out about her has been right out in the open for a long time. Hopefully, this is a major lesson learned.

      This is a very sad situation for this city.

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  13. Kristy April 29, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I’m disheartened, disgusted, and outraged by the vulgarity displayed by the councilwoman. I imagine she spends a great deal of time seeing and seething over imaginary slights and racist subtexts. What a sad, miserable way to live a life. To the kids who made the quilt, ignore those who stand against you to tear you down and break your will. The only power people like Sharon Brooks Hodge have is that which they scratch and scrape for and it will soon enough be taken from them when the light of reason exposes them.

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  14. S. Hairston April 29, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    An absolute shame what this woman publicly did to these children. And for her to sputter on about how high and mighty she is is an offense to those of us who have learned to live and let live.

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  15. Max April 29, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Lesson learned: politicians are jerks. If you want to make a quilt, donate it to an nursing home or homeless shelter to be used by someone who will be grateful for it instead of spoiled worthless political hacks.

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  16. HOWARD METZGER April 29, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    You, maam, are an idiot.

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  17. Uhuru April 29, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    The student who made this deplorable quilt depiction needs to identified and made an example of to prevent further disgusting acts such as this. QUIT sweeping racism under the rug. Someone please identify this student.

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    • Andrew Christen April 29, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      Are you kidding me? You ignorant douche! The only racist act that is occurring in the situation is by Sharon Brooks Hodge…these are children. Sharon Brooks Hodge and you are what is wrong with the Racial Equality issues. Overly sensitive to perceived acts of racism….This was not an act of racism by the child….it was an act of ignorance by Sharon Brooks Hodge.

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    • William April 30, 2013 at 1:01 am

      Uhuru, this is quite possibly the most ignorant statement I have yet read. It is your comments that are ‘deplorable’ and ‘disgusting’, but they do a marvelous job showcasing your deep ignorance. And pray tell, how does one go about “making an example’ of this student, in your vaulted opinion? You are actually worse than Hodge. Maybe you two could catch some much needed sensitivity classes together, as you have made me put mine on the back shelf.

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      • Janae April 30, 2013 at 9:54 am

        Amen, Amen, Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Uhuru and Hodge need to grow up.

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  18. Jered Washington April 29, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    The Councilwoman is an embarrassment and a disgrace.

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  19. James April 29, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    “Hodge also has expressed favor toward segregated schools. “Hodge said she would favor same-sex or same-race classes in schools if they are not publicly funded.”

    So, she’s pro-segregation. Separate the races?

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  20. LUcy April 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Well, then what color? Red–native Americans in uproar, Brown–Mexicans; yellow–Asians, How about a multi-color? no, then the gay pride people would be upset to close to the rainbow.

    THEY ARE CHILDREN!!!!! Get a grip councilwoman, not everyone is racist.. this is the lowest I seen

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  21. John Mullins April 29, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Sharon Brooks Hodge is a radicalized, ignorant, racist, uneducated poor excuse for a human being. As a matter of fact- I think her DNA should be tested for any traces of ‘human’.
    Then she should be I.Q. tested, and when the score reads less than 75, she should be expelled to some other planet.

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  22. Brian April 29, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Don’t Forget to leave your opinions on her website as well. She and people like her is the reason for Americas divide, creating racial issues where there was none to begin with. Disgusting behavior from just another person in power.

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  23. jawn April 29, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Oh the horror!! lmao!!

    A very creative,thoughtful quilt made by children….!!

    Holy love of god….why would you pick apart a quilt made by children to push a social agenda that isnt even there!!

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  24. Fairystone Fairy April 29, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Well, if Martinsville is around 50/50, then within a 24 hour period she irrevocably offended the entire white and black population all in one shot! I live here and there are some amazing people of all races. I am offended, as a white person, that she insinuated that the blacks here are “locally home grown house negroes. I don’t shuffle, I don’t tap dance, and I don’t take out the garbage.” I have lots of black friends and have met a lot of black people since I moved her 14 years ago. They are far from her description! They are strong, proud, compassionate and sincere, just to name a few. If you look at Sharon’s facebook page, she has other racist comments “I guess I’m one of the ‘better’ blacks” and another(she was visiting in DC) she said, “I’m going to savor the next two days and remind myself that I am living in Martinsville for a reason. When I accomplish my mission, I can return to civilization.” Who says this!!?? She is representing Martinsville people and they are ‘uncivilized, home grown nigras that shuffle, tap dance and take out the garbage…” Another FB post was about the GOP, “The GOP has ignored black people even in their own organization, and there are not enough rich, old, balding white men to sustain the Republican Party.” WHAT??!! Who says these things??!! We need to be up in arms over this and get her out of her post before something worse happens. We might not recover the next slip up. Mark my words!

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  25. Andrew Christen April 29, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    If anyone is racist in that town it is Sharon Brooks Hodge! I have one question for her, ‘If the meaning behind the images were reversed would she speak out for the ‘Gold’ community?’

    This story is appalling and to have her, a racist, on the city council is a disservice to that community.

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  26. A April 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Wow really? Way to throw a race card at a child. I’m just very surprised and disgusted at the fact that she chose to look at one part of a picture and blow it out of proportion while ignoring and not even addressing any part of the rest of the picture. Did you notice she didn’t say anything about the “gold person”? Maybe she should look at a much older symbolism of black and gold. Where black would symbolize fear and ignorance and gold would symbolize enlightenment and enrichment of both wealth and spirit.

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  27. Randy April 29, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Ms Hodge is a Rasist and a lair. If this was a white person, they would be forced to resign their position just by the simple accusation. Ms Hodge was caught misquoting the Major , claiming she supported her position when she didnt. The fact that Ms Hodge would state that she supports segrated schools alone should be grounds for dismissal. Again if a white woman or man came out and stated in public they supported segrated schools that would be it, they would be asked to resign. Well folks lets be fair and show this woman we dont treat whites, blacks, hispanics differently. Ms Hodge should be asked to leave, after making a public appology to the student she hurt.

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  28. Gus Roman April 29, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    How insecure do you have to be to interupt, belittle and offend children. Repressed syndrome; totally racist woman. This woman has no place in office… NONE…!!!!

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  29. Chyort April 29, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    When was the last time the NAACP actually did anything to advance colored persons (i.e. African-Americans) in public? Seems like they’re doing more to hold them back.

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  30. Nadine Lopez April 29, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    First of all, black people are not really black they are brown. This woman is the reason why we have still so much separation in this country. Black has always been a representation of evil, darkness a low place that people {all people} no matter what color experience and feel sometime in thier life. The young man’s representation of coming out of the dark and into the light was beautiful. People like this woman are the reason for so much negativity in our society and she should be removed from office.

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  31. D. Williams April 29, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I wonder what she thinks when she sees Beyonce in her non-publicity photos looking “black”, and yet in her (now I’m beautiful) magazine photos she has her hair dyed “golden” blonde and her skin lightened by photoshop. Has she announced her offense to Beyonce yet?

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  33. DJBP April 30, 2013 at 12:22 am

    The councilwomen is a bigot, an ignorant piece of trash who needs to shut up and step down. Talking about “House negroes”, are you serious!? Get the chip off of your shoulder and realize that you serve us, you arrogant clown (Yes, that’s right, you’re a public servant, and you work for us, you don’t tell us what to do). As a local black resident I am highly offended by her attitude in referring to ME as a “Locally home grown” lesser than thou individual in comparison to her. Virginia and Martinsville deserve better than this, and I look forward to seeing this councilwoman’s departure.

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  34. Dmorg April 30, 2013 at 8:49 am

    She has a chip on her shoulder.

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  35. Janae April 30, 2013 at 9:44 am

    To Sharon Brooks-Hodge….
    It is clear to everyone else that the quilt and its colors had nothing to do with skin color. The black and gold figures represented the color of the soul. There are things that you will never change, i.e. the Dark Ages denote the ignorance of the era…not skin color. Black mood denotes anger, not skin color. White and gold have always represented enlightenment and God-like characteristics. Sorry, but that is the way of it and always will be. For you to take offence in this is child-like and immature. Get over it and grow up!!!!!

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  36. Eric April 30, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Wow…. what an ignorant douche.

    This is what ignorance and racism looks like…

    https://www.facebook.com/sharon.b.hodge?fref=ts

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    • Buzz April 30, 2013 at 10:55 am

      I see her facebook page has already been taken down.

      [grumpycatgood.jpg]

      This is how you can easily spot an unqualified boob with no accountability. She can’t deal with her own actions, how can we put her in a position of power where we will have to deal with them on our own?

      Her job; she is unsuitable for it. Somehow, I suspect she’ll get to keep it and continue down her road of racism while in a government office.

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  37. roscoe April 30, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Geez Lady, get a life. Kids that age obviously don’t have the racist mentality that you do. Keep acting upset and there will always be racism. If everything innocent done by anyone is a racial attack, do you think kids will won’t to have more interactions with other races for fear of offending them. grow up, its not a burning cross or a racial slur, its a damn kid trying to do a good thing

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  38. Buzz April 30, 2013 at 10:47 am

    So you’re telling me that there’s a black councilwoman, who has terrible grammar, that is crying racism at an object that clearly has no racial affiliations? I’m shocked……shocked I tell you. This is who we allow as our legislators, and this is the behavior that we tolerate. That nobody stood up to her during her narrow-minded rant, is upsetting.

    She has no business in any government position outside of a package handler for the USPS (couldn’t hurt them any worse). — To add: I’m sure she’ll find my post racist because, well, that’s all she sees.

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  39. Mommy April 30, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Get over yourself, Hodge. That is a very cool picture and love how the artist explained the picture.

    If you are so offended, why have you not sued crayola for the color black?!? **gasp**

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  40. Bill April 30, 2013 at 10:49 am

    ” I am also a voice for black people…”

    She doesn’t represent the White people in her district?

    She typifies racist.

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    • William April 30, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      Ha….And her representation of black people ain’t lookin’ to good either !

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  41. ajohnkl April 30, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    You need to go to the government website and leave feedback about her. If she offended you have her voted out of council. Even if you don’t live there voice your opinion. I did.
    http://www.martinsville-va.gov/government.html

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  42. Phillip Rogers April 30, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Ignorance and stupidity on display. That woman is unworthy of her position

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  43. Just One Opinion April 30, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    While everyone is talking about her being racist, I have to wonder how the person could verbally abuse a minor child in a public forum with other adults present and no one did anything to stop her. Yes is is racist, an idiot, and now a child abuser. And as I recently found out she also abused an elderly man that was on oxygen in a wheelchair! It’s in the public court records. She has no business leading anyone of any color!

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  44. Brad Carter April 30, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Ms. Hodge has taken a stance that we as Americans have long since moved away from. The children that she chastised about a racial implication on an innocent picture that signified educational enlightenment have been brought up in an era of racial equality. I’m sure the Dr. Martin Luther King would be appalled by her actions as he wanted everyone to be treated equally.
    Way to go idiot, you just moved 10 years in the opposite direction!

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  45. Jeff April 30, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I don’t give a damn if you’re black, white, brown, or whatever.
    I do care if you’re a horrible American, and lady, you are worthless to this nation.

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  46. John C. Randolph May 1, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Anyone who gets off on bullying children isn’t fit to live in society, let alone hold elective office.

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  47. Stefani Hutchison May 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    And THIS is how racism continues to rear it’s ugly head. By racist people taking something that had absolutely NOTHING to do with race and turning it into something it isn’t. These are KIDS. It was nothing more that what the kid explained it to be. Racism was probably the last thing on any of the children’s minds. Yet because some fool with a hair trigger attitude decides to be offended (and yes, it is a decision.) it is now a race issue. Shame on Mrs. Hodge for being racist and for bullying innocent children and making something positive into something ugly. Mrs. Hodge- YOU are the reason racism is alive and well.

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  48. Gregg W May 1, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    This made me feel better. Maybe you should send her an e-mail too and tell her just how you feel.

    To: sbhodge@ci.martinsville.va.us
    Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 1:03 PM

    I just read a news story that said you berated a small child over a panel on a
    quilt which you found offensive.

    YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!!

    and what offends me most is that you toyed with a child’s emotions to further your
    social agenda.

    You’re either one of those people who goes around reading racism into the tiniest
    little thing or an attention hound looking to make it into the headlines. Either way,
    This sort of mentality sets race relations back a hundred years. You must be absolutely
    full of hate and self loathing looking for something to offend you at the cost of the emotional
    well being of a child.

    I saw a photo of the panel and read the child’s explanation behind it and although
    somewhat innocent I believe both the panel and the story are quite noble and well
    thought out and articulated. In fact this child probably has more nobility in his toe
    than you’ll ever have.

    I hope all that hate keeps you warm at night because I know if I were you, I couldn’t sleep
    knowing that my misguided opinion of the world has ruined a child’s elation over having
    his craft displayed and his story told.

    For what its worth, due your comments, that quilt panel will be seen by far more people,
    now that it’s in the news, than if it was quietly displayed in the administration building as
    originally planned. Bet you didn’t think that one through did ya?

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    • Stefani Hutchison May 2, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Woot! *clapping*

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    • Dan May 7, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks for the address!!

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  49. Michael May 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    What an idiot. No, wait, who elected her? THOSE people are the idiots. She didn’t get into office by herself, someone put her there.

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  50. adrian coles May 2, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    everyone to their own tastes and likes.

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  51. maypac May 3, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Unfortunately Sharon Brooks Hodge is confused by her own ignorance. The Black and Gold figure or person in the quilt/square does not represent black or gold by race.

    Just what the student said, “It’s not negative. It’s just showing how much we increased” said the student.

    What the student meant was, going in there with no prior knowledge (Black) about the Martinsville Hydroelectic Dam and how they feel (Gold) afterwards.

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  52. Ecoleman May 6, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    From darkness into the light….I get it. Why didn’t she!?

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  53. Tim May 6, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Lady (I use that term loosely to describe you) councilwoman:
    You are the one who needs diversity training. I’ve never run across such a racist, bigoted person as I have encountered with your comments, and they get worse with each subsequent comment you make.
    If I were a citizen of Martinsville, I would demand a vote of recall for your position. I certainly trust that you do not represent that community.
    With people like you, racism will continue to exist, despite the efforts of so many of us trying to put it to a rest.
    Shame on you!

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  54. JT Reeves May 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    You voted this chick onto your council? Man things are as bad as they say in Martin ville. She has some racial Issues, I feel sorry for the white kids interacting with her, they can feel her hate and anger.

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  55. Edward May 6, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    If someone is considered to be ignorant of something they are called “In the Dark”. Once they have learned a new concept then they are called “Enlightened”. The quilt frame depicted the knowledge learned. People like Hodge keeps racism alive. She states that it is OK for it to be a white person on the quite. It appears that a Double Standard is fine with her. Just like the idea of Affirmative Action.

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  56. Tiredofthereverseracism May 6, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    You are a racist ignorant woman who should just go home and lock yourself in a closet. First of all I’m tired of black people calling themselves African-Americans. The Americans from Africans I know are so much better than you African-Americans and it’s disgraceful to put yourself into the same category as those hard working respectful individuals. Only an arrogant, ignorant, racist, like yourself, would make a project the children worked hard to produce and made out of innocence is trashed by trash like you. The thought that the black figure could be a person in the dark and the gold person is one who has been enlightened, wasn’t your take, but the black figure is negative, goes to show that you are the racist. It sure is a good they didn’t make that second figure white…I’d been ashamed if you represented my district.

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  57. Ray May 6, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    She refers to “you white people”. If anyone is racist, it is this woman. Clearly, there was no reference to African Americans. To be dark means to be ignorant. Light refers to enlightened…something this woman is NOT!! She is correct in that we’re in the 21st century. How to we handle the race issue in the 21st century? We don’t talk about it because it’s a non-issue. Only racists like her keep perpetuating the “problem”. Get her off of your city council!

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  58. Roger May 6, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    “Hodge is already on record as being critical and admittedly uninformed on the City’s educational system.”

    So, it sounds like Hodge is someone who strongly voices an opinion on subjects in which she is uninformed. That is not the type of person I would want leading my city, period.

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  59. Jeff Rogers May 6, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Hodge has serious mental and self esteem issues and shouldnt be allowed to hold that office.

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  60. Joseph May 7, 2013 at 12:01 am

    I have never felt more compelled to write something to a stranger on the internet than I do write now as I compose this.

    You, Sharon Brooks are a disgrace to the Black community. How you are in a position of “power” is beyond me. Innocent students presented a gift to you and your colleagues and you have the nerve to bring up race when the thought was never perpetuated in anyone’s mind. I, as an educated white male, never once thought of a stereotype that would insinuate that this was to promote racism (which by the way works both ways (we’ll get to that in a min)).

    People constantly ask how racism can be overcome. If it is not looked past at this level, generations from now will still hold it with them. People like yourself, Reverend Al Sharpton consistently remind everyone using public venues that racism is real and we should distance ourselves. Are you not creating a problem with your theatrics? Think about this: If you never said anything at all to those kids but “thanks”, not one of them would have thought of anything “race related”; but now, due to your ignorant comments, you have put the thought into not only those children’s heads but the heads of 1000s who have viewed your rant online and felt the need to do just as I am. We don’t need to forget things as demeaning as racism exist, but we will never get past it if people like you are around. I long for the day of generations from now that may not even know the term “racist” and will have to look it up to understand. Surely, you will not be around to see that day.

    Racism is not one-sided either. I visited your website and it is plastered with the words “African-American”. Do you not help whites? If I have a website directed at white people, am I not considered a white supremacist in the eye’s of others? How come NAACP still exists? How come Affirmative Action still exists? Why are there advancements in place to further a race that is soon to outnumber myself as a white male. Can I start a white coatlition without being considered a Racist.

    Get off your horse and understand we are all people. I also think your black; not African; just as we are all American.

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    • Gregg W May 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Right on!

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  61. Dan May 7, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    This woman should be removed from her post . I also see on her webpage thats she is an advocate of 2 parent black households . If I said I was an advocate or 2 parent white households poeple would be pissed . This woman is a racsist. She clearly only sees in black and white and cannot consider other peoples input therefor she should be removed.

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  62. Lewis Helder May 10, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Sharon Hodge update! Please sign the petition demanding that she be removed from City Council! She refuses to resign!

    http://www.change.org/petitions/martinsville-virginia-local-government-remove-sharon-brooks-hodge-from-city-council-immediately

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  63. Kurt Kull May 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Councilwoman Brooks..House negroe?? Really?? Guess what ma’am.. Col Allen West and Dr. Ben Carson aren’t either and they have more class in thier pinky toenail than you have in your entire body.

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  64. Kathi Cook May 11, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    You, Sharon Brooks-Hodge, are a racist. You are the poster child for why racism still exists in this country today. You and your ilk, such as Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton, are not advocates for honorable black people, African American Families…or whatever other label you want to utilize. You keep racism alive by your very actions and commentary and clearly, the reason you do so is so that you can justify your sad and sorry existence. How a dangerous woman, such as yourself, ever won a seat as a Councilwoman is beyond belief. Why don’t you try bringing PEOPLE together. We are not the sum and substance of the color of our skin, but as Dr. King once said….the content of our character. A genuine humanitarian, an advocate of fair and equal treatment for all, would have never stooped to the level of making children cry simply because you interpreted their gift in an untoward fashion. This hatred, this racism exists in your mind….and your platform as a councilwoman enables you to further your own personal objectives. Shame on you. You should be forced to resign immediately. The people of Martinsville, Va. deserve better.

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  65. F. Schwarz May 11, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Ms Hodge, I do not expect not do I wish for a reply. You are a sorry excuse for a public servant. It’s a good thing you are not part of the educational system because I as a parent would question your credentials. After your display of what I consider to be unacceptable behavior (which is now on FaceBook & YouTube) I would strongly suspect that your position as Councilwoman just might well be in question as it should be. You are the one that has a race problem! You need to step-down, go back to private life and never be heard from again!!!

    PS. If you have children, I feel sorry (for them)…
    If you don’t, KEEP IT THAT WAY!

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  66. REAL AMERICAN May 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    How “convenient” that the Hodge get’s a “church leader” to stand up for her in her defense of rightful criticism. It’s it so ironic that the very people that exclaim there should be “separation of church and state” turn to the church to save their political careers? As for her being a good church member, I’m glad. That fact, however, does nothing for her because even sinners go to church; “man’s heart will forever be filled with sin” so even the saved are sinners! I would question other church leaders to seriously question this church leader who’s came out on her behalf of character based on her “going to church.” Sorry, church leader, but your opinion of her does not outweigh her own words and actions that show her TRUE character beyond what you discern it to be. She is a racist who is going to interject race in matters that aren’t even racial because she has a blood-lust for “vengeance.” Vengeance, or getting revenge, is NOT justice; it’s the sign of a corrupt heart, mind, body and spirit. There is no EQUALITY when a white person does something construed as racist and has to pay the ultimate price with their career, but a black person is allowed to freely interject their racism in any situation; especially one involving politics.

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