Steve Blair goes the full Sarah Palin
In the city of Prescott and the world we live in we have rights and those rights we should be able to say without being chastised for what we think as an individual. That's the hard part.Later he argues that someone should explain to him why he should like the painting and the only reason he opposed the painting was because it was a public building.
But Blair said on his show that he disliked the painting because putting a "black guy" in the painting was creating a racial issue.
I am not a racist individual, but I will tell you that 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?"So, by merely depicting someone who doesn't appear to be of northern European descent on the side of the building you are confusing and intimidating Steve Blair and "shoving it down his throat" that there are people of color in his city.
I disagree with the whole perspective that you would have a black guy painted on both sides of that building when the history of Prescott never had a culture issue, never had a problem with whether you're black, white, yellow, we didn't look at race, color, creed, and what they've done is they've made it an issue, in my opinion.
Everybody can have their own opinion about what they think. I don't disagree with diversity in a community, because I think its wonderful, but it came naturally to the people that lived in Prescott because I think it wasn't foisted upon us. And I feel like now that they're drawing pictures up trying to foist it upon is, I feel intimidated by it.
Well, I'm just saying, why do you have to keep dragging up diversity, when you may have diversity in a community, but you have a group of people that keep dragging up the fact that we're not doing the right thing. It's like the gay pride parade in San Francisco. I don't care who you are, or what you are, but you don't need to try to shove it down everybody's throat.
And to say he's being racist when he says that is, somehow, to deny him his right to free speech.
Tell it to Helen Thomas, Steve.