Following a trend established by a fellow blogger, I hereby dedicate Friday as the day for contributing towards the goal of exposing wretched (or sufficiently suspected to be wretched) examples of humanity to the greater blogosphere.
Steve Blair, City Councilperson for Prescott, Arizona, you win the dubious honor of being the first person so honored.
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.
City Councilman Steve Blair spearheaded a public campaign on his talk show at Prescott radio station KYCA-AM (1490) to remove the mural.
In a broadcast last month, according to the Daily Courier in Prescott, Blair mistakenly complained that the most prominent child in the painting is African-American, saying: “To depict the biggest picture on the building as a Black person, I would have to ask the question: Why?”
Blair could not be reached for comment Thursday. In audio archives of his radio show, Blair discusses the mural. He insists the controversy isn’t about racism but says the mural is intended to create racial controversy where none existed before.
“Personally, I think it’s pathetic,” he says. “You have changed the ambience of that building to excite some kind of diversity power struggle that doesn’t exist in Prescott, Arizona. And I’m ashamed of that.”
Yes, I listened to some of it. I need to go have a drink now. Decrying how he’s not a racist and asking everyone not to pay attention to color while he’s arguing against a mural depicting a student of the school because it’s not “representative of Prescott”.
Yeah, those pesky people of color, always shovin’ their face in our faces. So much easier if they aren’t recognized as members of the community. Because clearly putting someone who isn’t white in the most predominant spot on a mural is all part of an insidious artistic agenda.
Unlike some people, I’m not going to tell you that you’re a horrible person because you’re racist. I’m going to tell you that you’re a horrible person because you’re racist and you hold public office and you spout on the public airwaves. You pollute your own office. You talk about how a child’s face is divisive, I’ll bet he’s so glad to know that his very image splits the community in which he lives.