Lane said that he received only three complaints about the mural and that his request for a touch-up had nothing to do with political pressure. "We asked them to fix the shading on the children's faces," he said. "We were looking at it from an artistic view. Nothing at all to do with race."But the political pressure was intense when a local councilman Steve Blair got involved and used his radio show to complain that
To depict the biggest picture on the building as a Black person, I would have to ask the question: Why? Personally, I think it's pathetic. You have changed the ambience of that building to excite some kind of diversity power struggle that doesn't exist in Prescott, Arizona. And I'm ashamed of that."So lightening up all the public art is one good way to fix the problem of white racism. The other solution might be to provide all nonwhite residents of AZ with a Gringo Mask. A Miami-based ad agency has started to produce white, blond-haired and blue-eyed masks in his and hers versions for AZ residents as way of avoiding racial profiling. What better way to solve the racial tensions bubbling to the surface in AZ than to turn everyone into a lighter, more artistically pleasing version of themselves?