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Saturday, June 05, 2010

yet ANOTHER, i'm not a racist but.............

why some of my BEST friends are "__________________" (fill in the blank) you stupid artists...........arizona doesn't have any BLACK people (or brown people) yeah steve blair, i can SEE how you're best friends are people of color.
Arizona artists told to repaint mural to be less ethnic
By Muriel Kane

The leader of a group of artists says he was ordered to lighten the skin tones of children depicted in an outdoor mural covering two walls of a Prescott, Arizona elementary school because of complaints that the faces appeared too ethnic.

"We consistently, for two months, had people shouting racial slander from their cars," R.E. Wall told AZCentral. "We had children painting with us, and here come these yells of (epithet for Blacks) and (epithet for Hispanics)." Wall explained that "because of the controversy," he was told to make the children's faces lighter and happier.

Principal Jeff Lane, however, insisted that he had only received three complaints about the mural and that all he wanted was for the artists to "fix the shading on the children's faces."

"We were looking at it from an artistic view," Lane claimed "Nothing at all to do with race." Lane's order, however, came only after City Councilman Steve Blair had used his radio talk show to start a campaign for the mural to be removed.

On May 21, Blair stated, "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?'".....................

Pamela J. Smith and R.E. Wall sit on the scaffolding in front of the Miller Valley School Mural titled "Go on Green" in Prescott, Ariz.

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