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Putting Black Kids In Murals In Arizona Is Racist Because Obama Is President. Or Something.

4:24 pm - 06/03/2010
Arizona Elementary School Mural Altered; Child Too Black
Over the past month, the state of Arizona has been making serious waves in the media and across the nation. Whether if it is the state’s new immigration law or the law banning ethnic studies, something continues to make the news in the last state in the United States to approve the Martin Luther King Jr., holiday.

In Prescott, Ariz., a new mural at Miller Valley Elementary School has caused an uproar. The mural shows a group of children of several races using "green" transportation methods. It appears to have struck a nerve among some Prescott residents.

The controversy started when comments made by Prescott City Councilman Steve Blair aired on his KYCA radio talk regarding the mural. On May 21, Blair said, "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?'"

Blair also admits that "whenever people start talking about diversity, it's a word [I] can't stand."

Increasing pressure has resulted in people in support of Blair asking the school board to "lighten" the faces of the mural's main subject, which is an African American child.

"They want us to lighten up the forehead and the cheeks [of the boy in the center], and make him look like he is coming into the light," said R. E. Wall, director of the Prescott Downtown Mural Project.

Prescott, Arizona is located in Yavapai County, Arizona, near the Prescott National Forest. The population is almost 43,000 based on 2008 figures. It is 75 miles from Phoenix and has an average adjusted gross income of $52,072 based on 2005 figures. Just 13 percent of the residents live below the poverty level.

Source is totally post racial you guys.

My favorite bit is how they are lightening the skin color "like he is coming into the light." Inadvertent racism FTW.
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mcpreacher 3rd-Jun-2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
hahaha fuck this awful state

shove the whole thing in the oil leak
petalsinthewind 4th-Jun-2010 12:05 am (UTC)
lol
professor_chaos 3rd-Jun-2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
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angstbunny 3rd-Jun-2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
"I am not a racist individual, but"

"black families — who I have been very good friends with for years"

"I would have to ask the question, 'Why?'"

"whenever people start talking about diversity, it's a word [I] can't stand"

BINGO!
crossfire 3rd-Jun-2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
WE HAVE A WINNER
randomneses 3rd-Jun-2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
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I just can't.
luomo 4th-Jun-2010 02:37 am (UTC)
good gif
bethan_b_bad 3rd-Jun-2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
...What.
148km 3rd-Jun-2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
dramaturgy 3rd-Jun-2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
layweed BEST LINES EVER....ALSO...CLICHE HO~3rd-Jun-2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
"I am not a racist individua...we had four black families — who I have been very good friends with for years...
calidreamin08 3rd-Jun-2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
sense...you have none
joyeuses 3rd-Jun-2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
I grew up there, and as much as I would like to be surprised by this, I am not. Steve Blair is an asshole and a horrible politician. >:| So glad I moved out of there.
ojuzu 4th-Jun-2010 01:32 am (UTC)
Icon love! Bah, all my SPG icons are on dreamwidth. . . .
suave_badass 3rd-Jun-2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
I am not a racist individual, but--

Shut up.

avaunt 3rd-Jun-2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
GIF win!
illusivevenstar 3rd-Jun-2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
I am not a racist individual, but

Just stop right there. Just stop.
fishphile 4th-Jun-2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
Pretty much. Anything after those dreaded words are going to end badly.
illusivevenstar 3rd-Jun-2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
Blair also admits that "whenever people start talking about diversity, it's a word [I] can't stand."

I'm sorry that the world has people of a different color. Not really, but get used to it. You can't stop it. We're taking overrrrr.

Edited at 2010-06-03 11:02 pm (UTC)
chemchick 3rd-Jun-2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
The whole "colorblind" argument can DIAF.
chemchick 3rd-Jun-2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
GUYS GUYS I CANT BE RACIST. I HAVE A BLACK PERSON IN MY ICON.
sora50 3rd-Jun-2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
IS HE PLAYING A BANJO AND EATING HOT DOGS?
i_said_boourns 3rd-Jun-2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, diversity really blows. I wish we were all exactly the same in every single fucking way.

Fuck this asshole.
darksumomo 5th-Jun-2010 12:27 am (UTC)
Fuck this asshole.

I'll hand you the lube.
keithmex17 3rd-Jun-2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
I'M NOT RACIST, BUT I'M A RACIST.

Go away, Arizona. Just go away.
twilights_blue 3rd-Jun-2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
"They want us to lighten up the forehead and the cheeks [of the boy in the center], and make him look like he is coming into the light," said R. E. Wall, director of the Prescott Downtown Mural Project.

Um, no. I think Arizona is actually trying to get booted out of the Union now. :|
evewithanapple 3rd-Jun-2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
I am not a racist individual



four black families — who I have been very good friends with for years



whenever people start talking about diversity, it's a word [I] can't stand.

setosnicegirl 3rd-Jun-2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
"I'm not a racist but..."

But you are. You just used all the "I'm not a racist" clichés.

So you can go fuck yourself.
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Edited at 2010-06-03 11:26 pm (UTC)
antiotter 4th-Jun-2010 12:20 am (UTC)
There's a website, www.youropenbook.org, that allows you search for key phrases in people's Facebook updates.

"I'm not racist, BUT" is a goldmine of facepalms.
chemchick 3rd-Jun-2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
crossfire 4th-Jun-2010 12:00 am (UTC)
This gif totally made me laugh so hard I couldn't breathe. *wipes tears*
chipuni 4th-Jun-2010 02:15 am (UTC)
Because it means that White Folk didn't accomplish everything in history.
homasse 3rd-Jun-2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.



escherichiacola 4th-Jun-2010 12:59 am (UTC)
I love how that gifs works so well on so many levels.
coconut_theory 3rd-Jun-2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
So I'm reading this from my phone. As such, I can't hover over the source link to see what site it's from. Someone please tell me it's The Onion.

...please?
thechangingwind 4th-Jun-2010 12:00 am (UTC)
I could tell you it's from The Onion, but I'd be lying.
thechangingwind 3rd-Jun-2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
Where's that gif where Bugs Bunny is cutting Arizona out of the continental US? Why can't that happen in real life? Vegas being that close to some ocean would be SWEET.
thewhowhatwhats 4th-Jun-2010 12:41 am (UTC)
Arizona isn't next to an Ocean.
schmanda 4th-Jun-2010 12:01 am (UTC)
/me selfishly hopes Arizona keeps it up just to take attention away from Virginia's recent history of Fail
juliet316 4th-Jun-2010 12:02 am (UTC)
Same. Somehow I think it's going to be no problem for Arizona to keep up the fail.
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