Friday, June 4, 2010
From New York Daily News:
Artists who painted a mural at an elementary school in Prescott depicting four students, with the most prominent being a Hispanic boy, were asked to lighten the faces amid taunts and tensions.
You can find the whole story here. It also ran in the Boston Herald and God knows how many blogs.
This quote from Prescott City Councilman Steve Blair struck me as especially embarrassing:
"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?'"
I fell in love with Arizona because of its cultural abundance. It's a shame that newspaper readers all over the country are being given every reason to believe this state is run by people who ignorantly categorize people based on the color of their skin.