When the director of Prescott, Arizona’s Downtown Mural Project was overseeing a mural on the side of a school that was designed and painted with the help of students at the school and drawn from images of the children’s faces at the school, he says he and the student artists were continually barraged by racist taunts and insults from those driving by.
When Steve Blair, Prescott city councilman and talk show radio host — who says he “can’t stand” the word diversity — mounted a campaign against the mural, calling the mural “graffiti” and complaining that the most prominent face on the mural seemed to be that of a black person, and citizens writing in to the local paper described the mural as “ghetto,” the school had had enough.
They courageously stepped up and did the right thing.
They asked the mural project team to lighten the color of the children’s faces in the painting.
Blair has since been fired from his afternoon radio talk show host job, but continues to represent his constituency on the Prescott City Council.
An island of sanity…
Arizona police officer Martin Escobar, a 15 year veteran of the Tucson police department, is setting out to challenge that state’s not-yet-implemented anti-illegal-immigrant law, which opponents call oppressive and predict will backfire, endangering public safety by causing the state’s large immigrant population to avoid reporting crimes, since doing so will make those reporting crimes subject to arrest and possible deportation.
The new state law mandates that state and local police must ascertain the legal residency of anyone they make legal contact with and act on any illegal immigrants they find, even if the illegals are witnesses or victims.
Escobar is one of two Arizona police officers who have taken it upon themselves to file lawsuits challenging the Arizona law in federal court.