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Wed Feb 24, 2021, 04:43 PM

Students protest as Utah lawmakers resist changing 'Dixie'

SALT LAKE CITY -- At a university in southern Utah, the nationwide protests against racial injustice have lent new momentum to change a name that many consider offensive: Dixie State.

But the moniker's deep ties to local history are fueling a backlash at the GOP-dominated state Legislature and showing how difficult change can be.

Students from the fast-growing institution drove hours to gather at the Utah Capitol on Wednesday and urge lawmakers to revive a stalled plan to change the school's name.

“When people who don’t belong to the university are wanting their voices to overpower ours, it just doesn’t seem fair to us.” Savannah Snyder, a junior studying elementary education, said on the Capitol steps.

Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/students-protest-utah-lawmakers-resist-changing-dixie-76091650

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Reply Students protest as Utah lawmakers resist changing 'Dixie' (Original post)
TexasTowelie Feb 2021 OP
underpants Feb 2021 #1
brush Feb 2021 #2
rickyhall Feb 2021 #3
TexasTowelie Feb 2021 #4
rickyhall Feb 2021 #5
Vogon_Glory Feb 2021 #6

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 04:48 PM

1. Uh yeah but you DID decide to go to a school named Dixie State

I read the history on the name but still. I mean come on.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 04:54 PM

2. I know, right. I wonder how many POC students go there?

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 04:55 PM

3. Why don't they a Yankee State? I guess a lot Utah people came from The South.

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Response to rickyhall (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 06:26 PM

4. Perhaps they couldn't determine where to draw the Mormon-Dixon line

to separate the north from the south?

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 06:39 PM

5. I like that lol

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Response to rickyhall (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 10:50 PM

6. I read that that part of Utah had a lot

of Anglo-American LDS converts originally from the South, which is why it was nicknamed Dixie.

To me, this is not so blatantly a white-Supremacist issue like Confederate statuary, the Confederate Battle Flag or white-washed post Civil War Southern history books like the ones that I grew up with fifty plus years ago. I intend to stay out of this dispute.

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