Saturday, June 5, 2010

How Low Can These Racists Pricks Go?

An Arizona elementary school mural featuring the faces of kids who actually attend the school has been the subject of constant daytime drive-by racist tirades, from adults (as well as from an actual city councilman, who has a local talk-radio show) to remove the black student’s face from the mural, and now the school principal has ordered the faces of the Latino and Black students pictured on the school wall to be repainted as light-skinned children.

I'm not joking-- from 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.

 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).”
That's right-- the wonderful citizens who support the AZ anti-immigrant bill are now driving to work in the mornings and yelling “Nigger” and “Spic” at this school wall painted with pictures of the children who are currently enrolled in the school. And this has been encouraged by city councilman Steve Blair, who uses his local radio talk show to rile up these people and demand the mural be destroyed.

And now the faces are being painted white, “because of the controversy.”

UPDATE:   A local news website and tourism agency announced in the dead of night that Prescott city councilman and local-wingnut KYCA talk-show host Steve Blair has been fired from his radio show because he’s bringing national shame to Prescott because he campaigned to have the faces of little school children removed from a school mural because some of the kids facing were black and brown (and attracting epithets from assholes in the land of bigotry).  

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