"Coming Into The Light" in Prescott, AZ, Or Maybe Not

by
Abby Zimet

This is bizarre, even for Arizona. A group of artists who created a
public mural depicting schoolchildren in Prescott has been asked to make
the kids' faces lighter after motorists spent weeks shouting
racial slurs about the kids and a radio host and city
councilman complained
the artwork was "forcing diversity down (our) throats." Steve Blair wants the mural
removed because it features a "black guy." Actually, the kid's Hispanic,
but these people all look alike. 

"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?'" – Steve Blair, who is not a racist.

 

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