Prescott, Arizona, Miller Valley High School 'whitened' Mural

Above - Mural Mice Pamela J. Smith, Co-Artist, and R.E. Wall Co-Artist and Project Director, sit on the scaffolding in front of the Miller Valley School Mural. (AP Photo/The Daily Courier, Matt Hinshaw)

by the Left Coast Rebel

(Editor's Note): New readers - be sure to read the piece at My Thoughts on Freedom on the Arizona mural controversy before you continue reading here. The author of the piece, Chris W. has a unique perspective and is a resident of Arizona.

Memeorandum is buzzing with the 'lightened/whitened' Prescott, Arizona, mural story via. the Arizona Republic. I'm not completely sure what to think of the story, whether it be foul play, a misstep, bad motive or inaccurate (in the press treatment). What I do know though is that it surely does not point to the KKK-ization of the state of Arizona as the libtard- idiots like would have it:
Maybe it’s time to admit that large chunks of America are in the hands of unreconstructed racists and vulgar idiots, and that the popular election of a black man as president just might’ve pushed these furious, economically doomed old white people into a final rage that is going to end very, very badly.

Ready? Here you go: An Arizona elementary school mural featuring the faces of kids who attend the school has been the subject of constant daytime drive-by racist screaming, from adults, as well as a radio talk-show campaign (by an actual city councilman, who has an AM talk-radio show) to remove the black student’s face from the mural, and now the school principal has ordered the faces of the Latino and Black students pictured on the school wall to be repainted as light-skinned children.
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, sh@t’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.

If the above isn't one of the worst nutroots-demented, hate-filled rants I have ever come across, please tell me what is. All the generalizations, assumptions and presumption of politically correct guilt before innocence one could ever want.How many brain-dead leftist platitudes, half-truths and outright absurdities can you spot above?

Oh brother

American Power balances the argument and the gist:

Yes, this "lightening" issue is detestable and wrong. But I doubt anyone in Arizona seriously condones such policy and a few drunk yokels driving by shouting epithets hardly constitutes the reimposition of Jim Crow. In any case, Blair says it was a misunderstanding, has apologized, and has been fired from his radio show. That doesn't sound much like a Klan-based institutional structure gearing up for a race war.
American Power also has some AZ Fox coverage as well as additional analysis. Also, read The Other McCain for more on those that are actually calling for 'ethnic cleansing' in Arizona as well.

I find that this story gives me an excuse to post a graphic that just graced my desk, the 'post racial' Obamanation:

BO racismAlign Center

Graphic via. Zoreck Richards at Facebook. Open thread in the comments!


  1. I think Arizona has bigger problems than art. It was a mistake to alter the original mural unless it had objectionable content. Merely being of a different race is not objectionable. More than a mistake, it was probably, to quote our esteemed CinC, "acting stupidly".

    Having said that, fixating on the mural is a little like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Anyone is free to do so, but there really are more important things that need our attention.

  2. I have looked for different pics of this mural, and can only find two. I don't even see other kids in the mural. And the one here looks just like Obama. I don't doubt some people were hollering at them about the mural, but I don't necessarily believe them about exactly what was yelled.

    The mural is obviously of Obama. Supposedly there are other kids in there but I can't see any. They are obviously, based on their decision to paint a huge portrait of him, Obama supporters, and are now turning this into a racist issue because the school asked them to tone down the skin color. Maybe the school didn't want a huge portrait of Obama on the side of their school?

  3. Contrariamente, american girl in italy, the image of the boy (as well as all of the other children depicted in the mural) is based on a REAL STUDENT at this elementary school.
    That kid must feel great right now--the warmth, love and acceptance of his community will be much more palatable when he is lightened up. I will remind him to stay out of the sun this summer.

  4. I'll second what Michelle said, here's a better picture of the Mural that I took: (you'll have to copy/paste). Two of the students are white, and in the picture of the mural painters you cannot see the white boy on the bike because his face is hidden behind the artist on the left. Oh yea, the kid looks nothing like Obama and is a depiction of an actual latino student at Miller Valley School, as was already mentioned.
    @ Left Coast Rebel: you don't think that censorship of art in public places equates to a step towards "kkk-ization" (a term that I would take to mean fascism)? The concern is incremental steps towards "kkk-ization." First art gets censored, then free-speech. Soon enough, you'll look around and racial profiling legalized, habeus-corpus repealed (that's the right to a fair trail, innocent until proven guilty, the right to be know why you've been arrested etc. see the Military Commissions Act of 2006 for details), privacy rights totally ignored, and you'll have the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world (including China, North Korea). Oh wait, all of those things I just mentioned are already in effect, does any of this raise red-flags? It's all incremental, subtle if you will, it happens in degrees so the less attentive of those among us won't even notice it. That's why this seemingly trivial issue of censorship of art is so monumental.


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