Monday, June 07, 2010

Steve Blair goes the full Sarah Palin

Steve Blair, the Prescott, Arizona, Councilman who started a race-based firestorm over a mural on the side of a school believes, like Sarah Palin, that the First Amendment protects him from criticism (3:25).
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?"

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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.

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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.

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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.
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.

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.

2 Comments:

Anonymous daphne said...

where to begin: baseline whiteness? persecution complex? upside down and backward cause and effect? Freedom of speech hypocrisy? and so much more.

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Benito said...

“All Men are created equal”! The founders had it right, when attempting to form a perfect union and they also knew that they were not there yet but knew we one day would get there. Lincoln moved us forward as did JFK and LBJ. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.

It is my contention that this AZ law is not constitutional and will fail when challenged (unless, of course, they keep adding more amendments), pretty funny for this so called perfect law, that many internet blogs claim it was copied “Word for Word” from the Federal law, which I frankly do not believe, if it was then no amendments would have been made, right?, of course.

As for the undocumented workers, as was attributed to Ronald Reagan “It’s the Economy, Stupid”. When the economy is good we say let’s all celebrate “Cinco de Mayo, my brothers” but when the economy is down “it’s all your fault, you damn immigrant”. This too will pass. The real problem is the narcos, arms and people smuggler that’s what the focus should be on.

Don’t you find it funny that no one ever voted for Brewer for Governor, it’s all about politics and getting elected, do not be fooled. Busy Brewer has passed S.B. 1070, no permit conceal weapons law, the famous Birthers law, banning Ethic studies law, (could she be behind the Mural in Prescott, Arizona) and if history is a lesson she should look up Arizona’s House Bill 2779 from two years ago (which failed when legally challenged) and the craziest one the boycotted Martin Luther King Day, not wanting another holiday, how crazy is that. I believe there is an undercurrent to their enactment of new laws, they real love following a distinct pattern. Poor Brewer, last week, she first she said her Dad had died in Germany fighting the Nazi in World War II (war ended 1945) and we find out her father never was in Germany and died in California in 1955 (watch the spin doctors go into overdrive) and then she went to Washington and came back empty as always, poor dear.

10:54 AM  

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