KKK Arizona? School Whitens Brown Students’ Faces on Mural

June 5, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Has the State of Arizona become a stain on our nation? When bigoted extremists start running the asylum this is what happens. With Arizona’s harsh immigration law that fosters an all-out war against brown-skinned residents, it’s suddenly become acceptable to outwardly display racism and bigotry. After all, Gov. Jan Brewer and fellow Republican nativist lawmakers have stoked fear and hate with their constant rhetoric of being “overrun” with violent “illegals.” The hate is so rampant now in Arizona that an elementary school principal in Prescott demanded that a school mural be changed to whiten the skin of an Hispanic student.

The furor over a public image of an Hispanic boy, was fueled by a prominent city councilman, who also hosts a talk radio show. Councilman Steve Blair went on a rant over the depiction of an Hispanic boy, as the centerpiece of a “Go on Green” mural, gracing the walls of the Miller Valley Elementary School. The mural depicts four actual students of the school promoting environmentally friendly transportation.

Blair became incensed that the featured student was brown-skinned in his town of Prescott that is about 90 percent white. He blamed political correctness and President Obama for the dark-skinned boy sullying the school’s mural:

“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?'”

The black person that Blair finds so offensive, is a portrait of an Hispanic boy who attends Miller Valley Elementary School, one of the most racially diverse schools in town.

“Art is in the eye of the beholder, but I say [the mural] looks like graffiti in L.A.,” ranted Blair. The nativist Councilman also railed against diversity and “different” people. Blair said, “I can’t stand” the word diversity. “The focus doesn’t need to be on what’s different; the focus doesn’t need to be on the minority all the time,” he added.

After Blair’s bigoted remarks, passing motorists began driving by the mural, hurling racial slurs at the artists and school children painting the mural.

Artist R.E. Wall, director of Prescott’s Downtown Mural Project, told The Arizona Republic that after months of shouted racial epithets, school principal Jeff Lane pressured him to lighten the student’s skin tone:

“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).”

“It is being lightened because of the controversy,” Wall said, adding that “they want it to look like the children are coming into light.”

But Lane insists his demand to whiten the students’ faces had nothing to do with the bigoted town sentiment. Lane claims he just wanted the mural to look brighter and he asked the artists to correct the shading. “We asked them to fix the shading on the children’s faces,” he said. “We were looking at it from an artistic view. Nothing at all to do with race.”

In Blair’s warped worldview, the depiction of a dark-skinned student in his lily-white town, is evidence of a “pathetic” conspiracy of diversity. “Personally, I think it’s pathetic,” he says. “You have changed the ambiance of that building to excite some kind of diversity power struggle that doesn’t exist in Prescott, Arizona. And I’m ashamed of that.”

Blair is ashamed for all the wrong reasons.

(Update: Blair was sacked by the radio station KYCA. He has no plans to resign from the city council, but perhaps there are a majority of non-bigoted residents in Prescott who would force the issue. “When my constituents in the city tell me it’s time for me to go, and that I’m affecting how the city does its business, I will go. I ran because I wanted to help. If I can no longer do that, I’ll step down,” said Blair.


9 Responses to “KKK Arizona? School Whitens Brown Students’ Faces on Mural”

  1. Travis on June 5th, 2010 11:27 am

    This article brings up some good points but, fails to mention the fact that in this case Arizona is simply following a National trend.

    In this years cebsus Hispanics are not counted as Hispanics, their designation is either white or “other”, the government does not want the public to know how many Hispanics are in this country, legally or otherwise, they are in fact whitewashing the Hispanic population.

    Check with law enforcment, federal law requires that Hispanics when arrested are noted as white, so no accurate crime statistics may be had. Is this not what was desired a colorbling government?

    Race blending tthat is the new politically correct way to address these issues, Arizona is merely a mirror of the rest of the Nation and it’s policies. Arizona is merely ahead of the curve in delivering the propaganda, are you so racist as to oppose this thinking?

    Is this not the goal, to “blend” our racial perceptions? Racial heritage and pride are no longer acceptable, haven’t you heard? Up to now that has been used on whites only now the agenda shifts, and the non-whites must get into step.

  2. tobias frent on June 5th, 2010 4:37 pm



    Some nice audio from Steve Blair’s radio show including the now famous:

    “I am not a racist but………,” line as well as a conversation with fellow councilman John Hanna’s wife Sherry.

  3. Frank on June 5th, 2010 5:47 pm

    Travis, why don’t they just paint a black person and call them white. That is what you are suggesting?

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  5. bobby on June 6th, 2010 4:04 pm

    the artist R.E Wall should be ashamed for giving in so easy,martin luther will give a big tut tut tonight

  6. Tom Metzger on June 7th, 2010 12:15 pm

    Of course most Whites are Racists and I applaud the fact.The rest of you colored people get used to it. Get a life!

  7. Travis on June 7th, 2010 12:48 pm


    What I am saying is the government has a plan to blend racial designations, This is but the first step to erasing individuality, choice and discernment. This is how a socialist utopia is built, substituting ideolgy for reality.

    If you take away the racial pride and heritage of a nation or people you take their ethnic underpinnings away, you destroy the history, heritage and culture of a people they are easy to subjugate, their compass is lost and the oonly directoion to follow is that of the crowd, a crowd in which the individual is forever lost to the good of the state.

    U, is Greek for no
    Topa is the Greek for place

    Utopia is no-place.

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