Blog on the Run: Reloaded

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.

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Friday, May 14, 2010 8:48 pm

Dear Kristina

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PHOENIX (May 13, 2010) — More than a dozen business leaders across Arizona are urging Major League Baseball’s commissioner to keep the 2011 All-Star Game in Phoenix.

Dear Kristina,

I’m sorry that a boycott is necessary, but unfortunately, hitting some people in the wallet seems to be the only way to get their attention. And, let’s face it, from this distance, calling for a boycott is about all the leverage over the state of Arizona that I can muster. So, no, I’m not going to reverse my call for a boycott unless/until Arizona’s law is enjoined/overturned by a state court or else repealed.

Here’s a clue: If Arizona doesn’t want to be considered a bunch of bigoted, anticonstitutional cobags, it might consider not acting like, well, bigoted, anticonstitutional cobags.

Y’all also might want to consider finding Joe Arpaio a job in the private sector. Just sayin’.

Sincerely,

Lex Alexander
Blog on the Run

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 6:33 am

Thought for the day

… from the, frankly, not-always-so-sensible Peter Beinart:

For a year now, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and their minions have been warning that America is morphing into a police state. … So where are Palin and Beck, those latter-day Paul Reveres, now that Governor Jan Brewer is doing to the southwest what President Barack Obama supposedly hopes to do to the nation?

Monday, May 3, 2010 10:16 pm

There may be good reasons to support Arizona’s new immigration law …

Filed under: More fact-based arguing, please — Lex @ 10:16 pm
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… but the notion that it will help stem a rising tide of crime is not one of them:

By many measures, Arizona has become safer since illegal immigrants began pouring into the state in the 1990s.

Crime has dropped all across the country since then, but the decrease has been as fast or faster in Arizona. The rate of property crimes in the state, for example, has plummeted 43% since 1995, compared with 30% nationwide. …

[Jack] Harris, the Phoenix police chief, who opposes SB 1070, said proponents of cracking down on illegal immigrants vastly overstated that population’s criminality.

“Saying that if you get rid of the illegal immigrants, you’ll get rid of 80% of the crime, which I’ve heard, that’s not true,” he said, dismissing the rhetoric as political opportunism. “All you have to do in Arizona is come out with anything that’s anti-immigrant and you will be in good shape in the polls.”

What most in law enforcement here do agree on is that the victims of crime by illegal immigrants tend to be other immigrants. Community activists argue that the new law will make it worse for law-abiding immigrants because few immigrants, whether documented or not, will want to deal with police.

“No one’s going to call the cops,” said Alfredo Gutierrez, a former state Senate majority leader who opposed the bill. He said law-abiding immigrants of all types were fleeing the state out of fear of being subjected to racial profiling.

“They’re getting rid of the folks who would report the crooks,” Gutierrez said. “The crooks are staying. This is like heaven for them.”

Thursday, April 29, 2010 10:28 pm

Hey, it worked in the American South

Filed under: Sad — Lex @ 10:28 pm
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Arizona native Cord Jefferson, on the notion that Arizona should be boycotted because of its new immigration law:

I’ve tried hard, to no avail, to think of any time in which calling a destitute population stupid and making it even poorer has effectively engendered in its people new ways of thinking.

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