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    Default Prescott, Ariz., elementary school to 'whiten' image of child in mural

    An artist's decision to prominently feature a non-white child on an elementary-school mural in Prescott, Ariz., sparked so much controversy that school administrators asked him to "lighten" the child's face after a city councilman launched a campaign against the mural, according to the Arizona Republic.

    The Prescott episode isn't likely to help Arizona's growing reputation as a battleground of racial and ethnic confrontation, as the state faces a widespread boycott campaign over its harsh new immigration law.

    The mural, which was funded by a state grant, features the faces of four actual students at the school and is intended to promote biking and other environmentally sustainable modes of transportation. The most prominent face on it belongs to a Latino student.

    Steve Blair didn't like that. Blair, local city councilman and talk-radio host, inveighed against the mural on his show last month, according to the New York Daily News:

    "I am not a racist individual," Blair said on a radio show last month, "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?' "

    Good question, to which there are two answers: 1) The boy in question is of Latino heritage (but it's hard to tell them all apart sometimes, right?), and 2) because the boy in question is of Latino heritage. It is suspicious, though, seeing as how only 42 percent of Arizonans aren't white.

    R.E. Wall, a Prescott artist who worked on the mural along with several other members of the city's Downtown Mural Project, told the Republic that local residents driving by the mural as they were painting it — sometimes with children helping — shouted ethnic slurs. Wall claimed the school's principal asked him to make the child's skin tone lighter in response to the pushback. The principal acknowledged receiving three complaints about the child's race but insisted that the lightening was an "artistic" decision.

    The important thing to remember here is that Steve Blair is not a racist individual and that he has been very good friends with Prescott's four black families for years. Blair didn't immediately return a phone call from Yahoo! News.

    — John Cook is a senior national reporter/blogger for Yahoo! News.

    Prescott, Ariz., elementary school to 'whiten' image of child in mural - Yahoo! News


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    But it was an actual person!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    But it was an actual person!
    Yep... I can only imagine whot this does to the poor kid who had his picture on the building, having people pissed as hell at him for something he didn't even do. Getting yeur face put up like that would make most people happy and proud, and it's probably brought tears this time instead.

    Now, since they're trying to promote biking, specifically, they probably just chose a handful of kids who rode bikes normally or were in some kind of school group for biking. This likely means they had only a few people to choose from really.

    Now that being said, the ORDER of which ones were larger in the picture, shouldn't've been a big deal. There's 4 kids in the picture, and from the sounds of it, chances are it's probably a picture of them going down a dirt trail or something, though the article didn't give a picture of the mural. That being said, there'd have to be an order of which one is in front and which are behind.

    The only problem here, would be that people are grrr that the kid who was the largest on it, was not white, which implies greater importance, though really it doesn't necessarily mean such at all. But people go out of their way to find things to be offended on anyway.

    It's doubtful most know that it's based off actual children either.

    Whot worries me, is with how bad things have been getting down there, I'm kind of worried that the kid the picture's based on, might end up getting targeted specifically because of that mural. Hoping they don't get physically attacked or anything.

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    They got some strange people in Prescott, Ariz. Don't they have anything better to do.
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    Only in amerika :p

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    What the hell, Arizona. What the hell.
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    This is comical. It's like a real life South Park episode.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    That's what gets me. Do the people getting upset about a Latino kid in a mural not know how ridiculous they sound?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    That's what gets me. Do the people getting upset about a Latino kid in a mural not know how ridiculous they sound?
    Sadly, I think they're probably shocked that anybody is actually taking offense to it. I just don't have words for Arizona anymore.

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    This is a state that once banned MLK day.

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