Artists who painted a mural at an elementary school in Prescott depicting four students, with the most prominent being a Hispanic boy, were asked to lighten the faces amid taunts and tensions.
R.E. Wall, the artist who heads the Prescott Downtown Mural Project, told a local newspaper passersby regularly shouted racially charged comments at his group while they were creating the mural at the Miller Valley Elementary School.
"You're desecrating our school," "Get the ni---- off the wall," "Get the sp-- off the wall," were common, Wall said. "The pressure stayed up consistently," Wall said. "We had two months of cars shouting at us."
The mural shows students using various methods of "green" transportation, but the colors of the students have generated all the attention.
The mural flap comes amid growing tensions over Arizona's strict new immigration law that has drawn nationwide criticism and praise.
The ranting of one city councilman seems to have revved up the controversy in the community.