Sunday, June 6, 2010

Prescott, AZ, City Council Member Blair Fired from Radio for Revealing His Low Racial Sensitivity I.Q.

Chicano Radio Network reports that Prescott, Ariz., City Council member Steve Blair has been fired from his radio show host job by KCYA AM 1490. As reported by multiple news outlets and blogs, Blair made racially-charged, disparaging remarks about a mural painted on an elementary school wall, stirring up complaints from residents in the town that is "more than 90% white, with 8.2% claiming Hispanic origin. Blacks, Asians and Native Americans compose less than 3% combined, the data show," according to an earlier story in the NY Daily News:
"Art is in the eye of the beholder, but I say [the mural] looks like graffiti in L.A.," Councilman Steve Blair said.

"I am not a racist individual," Blair said on a radio show last month, "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?'"
Blair also said he can't stand diversity and "the focus doesn't need to be on the minority all the time."

I'm a little relieved that he lost his job at the radio station because, seriously, I've been thinking Arizona is suffering from some racist mass hysteria of late with its oppressive immigration law, banning certain ethnics studies courses, and reassigning teachers with "heavy accents." And Arizona's governor, Jan Brewer, sounds like a moron.

Related: An acrostic poem about Arizona's state of mind and "Top 10 Reasons I am Not a Racist, Part 2."

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