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Old 06-05-10, 05:13 PM
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Arizona mural and racism

Arizona has been dealing with a lot of accusations of racism of late, what with their new immigration law. This probably isn't going to help those who want to argue that Arizona isn't racist.

Altered mural fuels racial debate in Prescott

by Dennis Wagner - Jun. 4, 2010 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic

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?"

Blair could not be reached for comment Thursday. In audio archives of his radio show, Blair discusses the mural. He insists the controversy isn't about racism but says the mural is intended to create racial controversy where none existed before.

"Personally, I think it's pathetic," he says. "You have changed the ambience of that building to excite some kind of diversity power struggle that doesn't exist in Prescott, Arizona. And I'm ashamed of that."

Faces in the mural were drawn from photographs of children enrolled at Miller Valley, a K-5 school with 380 students and the highest ethnic mix of any school in Prescott. Wall said thousands of town residents volunteered or donated to the project, the fourth in a series of community murals painted by a group of artists known as the "Mural Mice."

The public art, funded by a $5,000 state grant through the Prescott Alternative Transportation Center, was selected by school students and faculty.

"The parents and children love it," Lane said.
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articl...al-debate.html

Mr. Blair has lost his job over this:

Prescott radio host fired over school mural flap
Steve Blair off air after 'green' mural attract national attention

Posted Jun 5, 2010, 10:22 am

Dylan Smith & Michael Truelsen TucsonSentinel.com

A Prescott radio host embroiled in a controversy over a school mural is off the air.

Steve Blair, who also holds a seat on the Prescott City Council, was let go from his talk radio show after drawing fire for his opposition to an environmental mural painted on an elementary school.

"I am no longer the KYCA 1490 p.m. guy," he told PrescottENews.com. "I'm going to be the afternoon 'water my garden' guy."

The "Go to Green" mural, based on the faces of children who attend the school, drew criticism for featuring minority children.

"It was defacing a public building, of a historic nature," Blair said when interviewed after losing his radio job.

"Nobody bothered to let the community know what that mural was supposed to depict, made it very difficult even to buy in on what the mission statement of that mural was supposed to be," said Blair.

"It was too big, too in your face, wrong place, wrong time," said Blair.

"It looked like a guy, in my opinion, a black guy, brown guy holding a stick, and flowers and stuff, what was it supposed to mean? If they say it means going green, what does that mean?"

R.E. Wall, director of Prescott's Downtown Mural Project, told USA Today that he and other artists heard slurs from passersby as they worked on the painting.

"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)."

He said school Miller Valley Elementary Principal Jeff Lane pressed him to make the children's faces appear happier and brighter.On the

Lane said in USA Today 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."

Wall blames the controversy on comments by Prescott City Councilman Steve Blair on his local radio talk show, reports the Prescott Daily Courier.

On his May 21 show, for instance, Blair said, "I am not a racist individual, but I will tell you depicting a black guy in the middle of that mural, based upon who's president of the United States today and based upon the history of this community when I grew up, we had four black families - who I have been very good friends with for years - to depict the biggest picture on that building as a black person, I would have to ask the question, 'Why?'"

On Wednesday, Blair again emphasized that "I'm not a racist by any stretch of the imagination, but whenever people start talking about diversity, it's a word I can't stand."

Blair questions whether the mural is representative of Prescott, noting, "The focus doesn't need to be on what's different; the focus doesn't need to be on the minority all the time."

Blair said he has received a number of calls from long-time Prescott residents who ask, "Who authorized that graffiti on the wall?" He added: "What these people don't like is somebody forcing diversity down their throats."

The “Go on Green” mural covers two walls outside Miller Valley Elementary School, and it aims to advertise a campaign for environmentally friendly transportation. It features portraits of four children, and a Hispanic boy as the predominant figure.
http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/...prescott_fired

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I'm not racist either, unless there are quotas to be filled. But that is righteous racism, so that's okay.
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Jessie Jackson fights racism.
I thought he said he was afraid of black men?
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...and the capital of Nebraska is Lincoln!
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Protip: Jesse Jackson does not spell his name with an i.
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Sure makes me want to kill something.
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This is why we all hate the Jews (even us Jewish folks).
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They've changed their minds about whitening... I mean, "lightening" the faces.

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Wow, that redneck in the middle of the painting is highly offensive.
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Humming bird in the middle of the painting? Hummer? 2 boys? Obviously this is a homosexual agenda mural.
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Wow, that redneck in the middle of the painting is highly offensive.

Redneck riding a Harley bike.
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No, the redneck is flying in front of the biker.
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This probably isn't going to help those who want to argue that Arizona isn't racist.
I thought the MLK Day fiasco pretty much sealed this argument.
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