A group of artists who painted a large mural at a Prescott, Arizona school has been asked by the principal to lighten the faces of the children in the painting. The mural, which prominently depicts a Latino child and three other children, was commissioned to promote green transportation. The school has the highest ethnic mix in the area, and the mural was selected by students and faculty.
But although the principal was the one who asked the artists to lighten the faces, he’s not even the asshole I’m talking about:
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.”
Again: the mural was selected by students and faculty. The children in the mural were based on the children attending the school. The mural is about green transportation. Yet according to Blair, the mural is all a part of some sinister plot to give power to the brown people.
But don’t worry, this is not about racism.
Pictures of the mural can be viewed here.