Short version: Mural painted on elementary school features a brown kid. Kids on mural were painted from photographs of actual students. Artists are assaulted with racial slurs for two months while painting. City Councilman Steve Blair makes racist remarks on his radio show. School principal asks that the color of the kid’s face be lightened to make the child look more “radiant and happy.” (I’d probably be more radiant and happy if I were white. All that privilege, and higher pay too.)
End result: Prescott citizens protest. Principal of school admits “we made a mistake.” City Councilman fired from his radio spot. Now about his position on the city council?
You can read more blah blah blah from Blair after the cut. But you don’t really need to.
City Councilman Steve Blair had this to say, despite being one of the people to approve the 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?’”On Wednesday, Blair again emphasized that “I’m not a racist by any stretch of the imagination, but whenever people start talking about diversity, it’s a word I can’t stand.”
Blair questions whether the mural is representative of Prescott, noting, “The focus doesn’t need to be on what’s different; the focus doesn’t need to be on the minority all the time.”