LETTER TO THE EDITOR– A tree with a decayed root or core will not produce good fruit. The tree can survive with a branch here or a branch there going bad, but not the root. Dixie State College appears to have a diseased core. The causes may include Progressivism, historical revisionism or political correctness. Or it may be another disease entirely.
As a graduate of Dixie State College in 2006, I was saddened to see the college divorce itself from the Rebel mascot. Now, in 2012, we see the college caving to pressure from a small minority to remove the statue on campus of the Confederate soldiers. This decision to pull the statue was made under the radar of the community.
What is next? Will they begin disciplining students who speak out against it? Will they set up sensitivity training for students who do not see that statue as offensive? Should we whitewash Sugar Loaf like some people want to whitewash history?
There is no shortage of universities on the planet where I can send my child to be indoctrinated by tenured professors. My hard earned money should not pay for my son or daughter to be taught capitalism is evil, that America is not a noble nation, and the founders of this nation were rich, white, slave owners.
I’ve always held Dixie to a higher level. I appreciated that the school was rooted in pioneer heritage and not poisoned by professors and administrators eager to inflict the same disease already inflicted upon other institutions of higher learning.
The school administrators’ decision to remove the statue has proven to us, yet again, that a disease has taken root in the community. Individuals of this community need to come together and restore the heritage of Dixie State College to what it once was. I no longer recognize my school. I don’t know what they stand for.
The college can dedicate as many fancy, technologically advanced buildings named after apostles or alumni as it wants to. Its branches may look good but they will never produce good fruit if the core is bad.
If the school wants to remove the statue they should articulate their reason for wanting its dismissal. Reasons that are not valid would include catering to a group of people that chooses to be offended by it, or giving in to worries about vandalism.
Are the college’s principles so flexible as to be meaningless?
If the college inherited the statue in good faith, then they should stand behind said statue when the heat is on.
Did the pioneers give up when called to settle this barren land? Did they fold when the rivers flooded over and over again? No, they built a temple on lava rock for heaven’s sake. This community’s core is solid and above reproach. It should not be afraid to stand up for its heritage.
Submitted by Ryan Schudde, a graduate of Dixie State College of Utah and resident of St. George.
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