Arizona School Demands Black & Latino Faces On Mural Be Changed To White

Artists Pamela J. Smith and R.E. Wall, also the project's director, sit in front of their “Go on Green” mural on Wednesday outside Miller Valley Elementary School in Prescott. Source: AZcentral.com

Artists Pamela J. Smith and R.E. Wall, also the project's director, sit in front of their “Go on Green” mural on Wednesday outside Miller Valley Elementary School in Prescott. Source: AZcentral.com

Thanks to long-time disinfo-friend Richard Luckett for sending this gem our way, from AZCentral.com via Wonkette.com:

A group of artists has been asked to lighten the faces of children depicted in a giant public mural at a Prescott school.

The project’s leader says he was ordered to lighten the skin tone after complaints about the children’s ethnicity. But the school’s principal says the request was only to fix shading and had nothing to do with political pressure.

The “Go on Green” mural, which covers two walls outside Miller Valley Elementary School, was designed to advertise a campaign for environmentally friendly transportation. It features portraits of four children, with a Hispanic boy as the dominant figure.

R.E. Wall, director of Prescott’s Downtown Mural Project, said he and other artists were subjected to slurs from motorists as they worked on the painting at one of the town’s most prominent intersections.

“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).”

Wall said school Principal Jeff Lane pressed him to make the children’s faces appear happier and brighter…

[continues at AZCentral.com]

Wonkette Editor Ken Layne comments:

Remember where you were, when you could still laugh about teabaggers and racists and Arizonans, because funny time is almost over. If the unemployment keeps up — one in five adult white males has no job and will never have a job again — and people keep walking away from their stucco heaps they can’t afford and the states and cities and counties and towns keep passing their aggressive racist laws to rile up the trash even more, shit’s going to very soon become very bad, and whether it’s the National Guard having wars in the Sunbelt Exurbs against armies of crazy old white people who are finally using their hundreds of millions of guns, or whole Latino neighborhoods burned to the ground the way the Klan used to burn down black neighborhoods a century ago, we are in for a long dark night and no light-colored paint is going to fix that.

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    As long as they're at it, just make the kids blond, give them SS armbands and carve swastikas in their foreheads. That, or learn to ignore the whack-a-doodle fringe of violent racist garbage instead of kow-towing to these worthless douchebags whenever they make extra noise. Liberal or even moderate citizens need to take one lesson from the ultra-right…make use of open carry and concealed carry laws. Arm yourself…so when these mobile turds go nuts…(and if they dont get what they want…they will snap)…we can put them down like the mad, diseased dogs they are.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    As long as they're at it, just make the kids blond, give them SS armbands and carve swastikas in their foreheads. That, or learn to ignore the whack-a-doodle fringe of violent racist garbage instead of kow-towing to these worthless douchebags whenever they make extra noise. Liberal or even moderate citizens need to take one lesson from the ultra-right…make use of open carry and concealed carry laws. Arm yourself…so when these mobile turds go nuts…(and if they dont get what they want…they will snap)…we can put them down like the mad, diseased dogs they are.

  • http://www.cuband.com Cuban Music

    Wow, this is just sad. Some people just can't move on with the times and get over the old hatred and bigotry of the past.

  • 5by5

    As an artist, I'm afraid I would be compelled to politely invite them to kiss my ass and the paint Aryan babies their damn selves.

    Has Arizona lost its damn mind?

    • Andrew

      Things like this are what convince me SB 1070 was motivated by racism and will be enacted racially. If it were another state, without so many racial incidents, I'd be willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. But obviously a large percentage of Arizonans are racist.

  • Tonyd79

    what do you think the people of mexico would do if droves of poor white people started invading their country illegally and demanding equal rights? Do you really think they'd be even this cool about it? No, probably not.

    • vicwiz

      they did when they stole texas

      • vicwiz

        this country is made up Hispanics too. your life is temporary go worry about something else tony this is beyond obvious

    • Andrew

      How telling that you would bring up illegal immigration, which has nothing to do with this article, except for the racial aspect.

    • Tuna Ghost

      What does illegal immigration have to do with this topic? Just because brown people are involved? How revealing…

      Also, it should be noted that white people have a history of going where they weren't invited and acting like they own the place. One of the results is the United States.

    • Fabian_Ramos

      Just be glad you weren't Native American a few hundred years ago… you dummy.

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      Absolutely anything, in latin countries, the majority of population are white people, remarkably in the elite, and i'm from one of these countries

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      • Tuna Ghost

        Nobody gives a shit about any podunk beef between two nobodys, just fix the damn mural so that it looks the way the artist intended it to for god's sake

  • Tuna Ghost

    What does illegal immigration have to do with this topic? Just because brown people are involved? How revealing…

    Also, it should be noted that white people have a history of going where they weren't invited and acting like they own the place. One of the results is the United States.

  • Lael

    I was at the protest actually, we got them to change it back to the way it way it was.

  • Tuna Ghost

    Nobody gives a shit about any podunk beef between two nobodys, just fix the damn mural so that it looks the way the artist intended it to for god’s sake