So Arizona is certainly not my favorite state right and today I discovered another reason to dislike that state. This article came out a couple of days ago at azcentral.com. Some artists painted an environmental mural and they were asked by the principal to lighten the skin of the hispanic and black children in the painting. “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 (ephithet for Blacks) and (epithet for Hispanics).'” Apparently the principal asked Wall to make “the children’s faces appear happier and brighter”. Wall eventually conceded to all of this and lightened the skin tone of the children in the painting.
What really puzzles me is that Wall says, “We were looking at it from an artistic view. Nothing at all to do with race.” He wanted it “to look like the children are coming into light.” Even though I think he shouldn’t have changed the painting, I understand why he would (especially with all the children helping with the painting having to hear all the comments)…but what pisses me off is that he says it has nothing to do with race. HELLO!! It has everything to do with race and saying that it doesn’t is just as bad as anything anyone else did to cause this problem.
I just don’t understand. What is wrong with people?