Arizona Elementary School Mural Controversy:Prescott Arizona Mural Race Drama

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Arizona Elementary School Mural Controversy:Prescott Arizona Mural Race Drama – A mural that was recently placed at a public school in Prescott, Arizona, is garnering a lot of attention and debate from the media.R.E. Wall who painted the mural has said that the tableau was made to display diversity at the elementary school, but the principal asked the mural artist to paint the faces of the kids in the painting a lighter color.

The controversy was sparked when a city Councilman named Steve Blair addressed the mural on his radio show, wondering aloud exactly why the school sitting at the largest intersection on town features the face of what he described as a “black person.”

The state has been under increased racial tension following the passing of an immigration bill that allows officers to ask individuals for their immigration documentation when they are deemed as “suspicious.” The artist said that he did not take color into consideration when painting the mural, and instead was thinking more about the meaning behind the picture. He was reportedly offended when the principal asked him to change the color of the individuals in the mural.

The city councilman who made the comments that sparked the controversy has defended himself in recent days, saying that his remarks were not meant to be about race and that he would like to apologize if he offended anyone. Others have stated that they feel that asking the artist to change the painting is censorship of the arts. The race debate continues to heat up in the highly controversial state.

Update:
Jeff Lane, the principal of Miller Valley Elementary School, and Kevin Kapp, the school superintendent have apologized for accepting the racists’ ways of seeing things and have revealed that painting will be restored to its original theme which was by the way: DIVERSITY.

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  1. 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.

  2. Why is it that whenever people do racist things, they always preface it by saying “I am not a racist”? There is an old saying that actions speak louder than words. Listen to the audio carefully; the councilman says ” a black guy” in the mural- not a black student, or child, but a “black guy”. The councilman’s words and actions overwhelmingly demonstrate an abundance of hypocrisy, racism, xenophobia and hysteria. It is sad to see Arizona regressing like this.

  3. Thank you Principal Lane, Superintendent Kapp from the bottom of my heart for ADMITTING your mistake. Thank God that this time, racism did not prevail and further destroy the fragile peace that we so desperately need to build. OF ALL IMPORTANT PLACES TO BE PROTECTED FROM THE POISON OF RACISM —SCHOOLS—
    Stop the terrorism that is gaining a foothold , AMERICA is a nation of immigrants, remember that native people were here LONG before white people, there is no place in this country for statements of hate. The US would die of starvation if it were not for immigrant labor bringing our food to the table!

  4. “All Men are created equal”! The founders had it right, when attempting to form a perfect union and they also knew that they were not there yet but knew we one day would get there. Lincoln moved us forward as did JFK and LBJ. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.

    It is my contention that this AZ law is not constitutional and will fail when challenged (unless, of course, they keep adding more amendments), pretty funny for this so called perfect law, that many internet blogs claim it was copied “Word for Word” from the Federal law, which I frankly do not believe, if it was then no amendments would have been made, right?, of course.

    As for the undocumented workers, as was attributed to Ronald Reagan “It’s the Economy, Stupid”. When the economy is good we say let’s all celebrate “Cinco de Mayo, my brothers” but when the economy is down “it’s all your fault, you damn immigrant”. This too will pass. The real problem is the narcos, arms and people smugglers and that’s what the focus should be on.

    Don’t you find it funny that no one ever voted for Brewer for Governor, it’s all about politics and getting elected, do not be fooled. Busy Brewer has passed S.B. 1070, no permit conceal weapons law, the famous Birthers law, banning Ethic studies law, (could she be behind the Mural in Prescott, Arizona) and if history is a lesson she should look up Arizona’s House Bill 2779 from two years ago (which failed when legally challenged) and the craziest one the boycotted Martin Luther King Day, not wanting another holiday, how crazy is that. I believe there is an undercurrent to their enactment of new laws, they real love following a distinct pattern. Poor Brewer, last week, she first she said her Dad had died in Germany fighting the Nazi in World War II (war ended 1945) and we find out her father was never in Germany and died in California in 1955 (watch the spin doctors go into overdrive) and then she went to Washington and came back empty as always, poor dear.

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