Artists commissioned by an Arizona elementary school were asked to lighten the skin tone of a Hispanic boy in the center of their “Go on Green” mural. School officials are arguing that it has nothing to do with race, they just want to “fix some shading.”
It has “nothing” to with countless racial epithets and slurs shouted by motorists at the artists and children who were working on the mural either. And “nothing” to do with City Councilman Steve Blair, who is arguing for the destruction of the mural on the radio, like so:
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?’
Because anyone who prefaces a racist statement with “I am not a racist” and weasels in a “I knew some black people once,” surely isn’t a racist, even if he can’t tell apart Hispanic and African Americans apart, right? Yup, that guy’s on the City Council.
No, they don’t want to make the kid advocating taking public transportation whiter. Just “happier and brighter.” Because if you’re a Hispanic kid in Arizona right now, “happy” isn’t one of the things you are.