Arizona Principal Demands Mural Be Repainted With Lighter Skinned Children
(And here you have the real Arizona)
Recently, artists commissioned to paint a mural that featured children using different methods of green transportation did something radical. The artists, who usedactual students from the Prescott, Arizona, elementary school where the mural is featured as models, dared to paint them in their actual skin color, not all of them being white. Shocking. I mean, we are living in pre-Civil Rights America and it’s an outrage to depict anything on a wall that doesn’t feature a row of gleaming, white faces, right?
Jeff Lane, the Principal of the school, seems to think so. Last week, he asked the artists to repaint the mural so that the faces appeared lighter.
It all began with Councilman Steve Blair, who felt taunted by the face of a happy non-white child working towards a greener community, and made his thoughts known on his AM radio talk show.
"I am not a racist individual," he declared. "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?'"
“Black guy” here actually refers to the depiction of a Mexican American student at the school. But black, brown, kind of beige … the point is that it wasn’t a white face. Why? Steve Blair, non-racist, wanted to know. Why would you have to paint students from the school in their actual skin color instead of in shades of white?
City Councilman Steve Blair Should Resign for Racist Comments About Children on a Mural
"The focus doesn't need to be on what's different; the focus doesn't need to be on the minority all the time," he continued, expressing his opinion that the dominating images of minorities in media and art are keeping the white man down.
Disturbingly, Blair’s words resonated with many people in the community. The artists and students working on the mural were subjected to racist rants from drivers passing by the work site. For two months they were greeted by such pleasantries as “"Get the ni---- off the wall" and "Get the sp-- off the wall" as they worked.
Then came the orders from the principal to lighten up the faces. He made sure to note that it wasn’t about race, but about shadowing and making the faces look like they are “coming into light.” Oh yes, of course.
Well, the good news is that some of the saner minds in the Prescott community launched protests in front of the mural that forced Principal Lane to apologize and promise to restore the original mural. Steve Blair was also removed from his radio talk show. The bad news? Someone who expresses outrage that a mural would feature a non-white child is still working as a City Councilman.
And while we’re on the topic of Arizona, SB 1070 totally bans racial profiling, people. It’s not like it could be used as a tool by inherently racist Arizonans who simply can’t stand the sight of a brown face, right?
From Dave: Some history of Arizona You might like to know>>>
Concerning The Holiday To Honor Dr. Martin Luther King
Sen. John McCain (Republican of Arizona) voted against the creation of the holiday to honor King, and later defended Arizona Republican Governor Evan Mecham's rescission of the state holiday in honor of King created by his Democratic predecessor. After his opposition grew increasingly untenable, McCain reversed his position, and encouraged his home state of Arizona to recognize the holiday despite opposition from Mecham.
In 1990, Arizonans were given the opportunity to vote to observe an MLK holiday. McCain successfully appealed to former President Ronald Reagan to support the holiday. Prior to that date, New Hampshire and Arizona had not observed the day. Throughout the 1990s, this was heavily criticized. Following the failure of the 1990 proposition to recognize the holiday in Arizona, the National Football League moved Super Bowl XXVII from Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe to theRose Bowl in Pasadena, California.[10
Ronald Reagan was also at first opposed to the holiday, citing cost concerns. He reconsidered and supported the measure after Congress passed it with an overwhelming veto-proof majority (338 to 90 in the House of Representatives and 78 to 22 in the Senate).
Hey Palin, how's that drilly baby drilly, spilly thingy workin' for ya, baby?