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Sunday, June 6, 2010 8:05 pm

But remember, the controversy about SB 1070 in Arizona is NOT about racism.

Filed under: Aiee! Teh stoopid! It burns! — Lex @ 8:05 pm
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Not at all:

A group of artists has been asked to lighten the faces of children depicted in a giant public mural at a Prescott school.

The project’s leader says he was ordered to lighten the skin tone after complaints about the children’s ethnicity. But the school’s principal says the request was only to fix shading and had nothing to do with political pressure.

The “Go on Green” mural, which covers two walls outside Miller Valley Elementary School, was designed to advertise a campaign for environmentally friendly transportation. It features portraits of four children, with a Hispanic boy as the dominant figure.

R.E. Wall, director of Prescott’s Downtown Mural Project, said he and other artists were subjected to slurs from motorists as they worked on the painting at one of the town’s most prominent intersections.

“We consistently, for two months, had people shouting racial slander from their cars,” Wall said. “We had children painting with us, and here come these yells of (epithet for Blacks) and (epithet for Hispanics).”

Wall said school Principal Jeff Lane pressed him to make the children’s faces appear happier and brighter.

“It is being lightened because of the controversy,” Wall said, adding that “they want it to look like the children are coming into light.”

Lane said that he received only three complaints about the mural and that his request for a touch-up had nothing to do with political pressure. “We asked them to fix the shading on the children’s faces,” he said. “We were looking at it from an artistic view. Nothing at all to do with race.”

City Councilman Steve Blair spearheaded a public campaign on his talk show at Prescott radio station KYCA-AM (1490) to remove the mural.

In a broadcast last month, according to the Daily Courier in Prescott, Blair mistakenly complained that the most prominent child in the painting is African-American, saying: “To depict the biggest picture on the building as a Black person, I would have to ask the question: Why?”

UPDATE: Amazingly, the talk-radio host (who also is a City Council member) mentioned in the story was fired. Amazingly, he doesn’t understand why. I know it is mathematically impossible for every bigoted idiot in the United States of America to have his own radio talk show, but swear to God, some days it seems like that’s true.

UPDATE: From the comments: Former Prescott Mayor Jack Wilson calls on the talk-show host/City Council member, Steve Blair, to resign.

3 Comments

  1. I am the former Mayor of Prescott Arizona and I have called for the resignation of City Councilman Steve Blair because of his racist remarks. See my blog post at
    Steve, if you truly love Prescott you need to resign
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    http://prescotttourism.wordpress.com/2010/06/05/steve-if-you-truly-love-prescott-you-need-to-resign/

    Comment by prescotttourism — Monday, June 7, 2010 11:48 am @ 11:48 am

  2. Have you seen this youtube clip?
    link:

    The principal and superintendent admit they made a mistake.

    Comment by ngee — Monday, June 7, 2010 9:36 pm @ 9:36 pm

  3. Wow. Someone in a public position took responsibility and used the active voice. I think the last time that happened was when LBJ declined to run again.

    Comment by Lex — Tuesday, June 8, 2010 6:52 pm @ 6:52 pm


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