The leader of a project to lighten the skin color of Hispanic children depicted in an Arizona public school mural said he was told to do so after people complained about their ethnicity. The school´s principal denies any political pressure.
The mural, designed to advertise environmentally friendly transportation, features an Hispanic boy prominently. R.E. Wall, the mural project director, said artists were subjected to racial slurs from passing motorists as they painted it.
"We had children painting with us, and here come these yells of" racial epithets for African- and Hispanic-Americans. Prescott City Councilman Steve Blair has led a campaign to remove the mural, asking why the biggest figure is a minority.