This Letter to the Editor is a response to Ed Kociela’s column “On the Edge: Time to decide on DSU name,” posted on July 14, 2015.
OPINION – I thought Dixie was a rather quaint call back to the unique history of the region. I liked that when I heard Dixie I thought of the first cotton farmers that were rather brave in settling a desolate place like Southern Utah. (Its not without notice that the temple ceremony uses shots of Southern Utah to represent the “lone and dreary world”.) I understand removing the Confederate flag as the school’s logo. Outside of actual civil war battlefields and graves I think that is inappropriate. But it’s pretty sad to rewrite history because it might be a little unpleasant to remember in today’s society.
This author seems to argue that people don’t want to remember history (which is odd considering that’s the exact reason people like me want to keep it). And the author tries to hang some sort of vague accusation of racism on Southern Utah. I believe racism still exists, but you need much more than the being under represented in statistics to show it. I know some pretty white towns in the North East for example who have memorials to the first abolitionists. There are far more reasons than racism for small black populations. Its also pretty annoying when people keep demanding a conversation. We talk about race all the time, and usually the conversation consists of sanctimonious liberals lecturing white people. So no thanks.
This article isn’t as bad as removing the bones of NB Forrest, but it’s just as silly and dumb for trying to rewrite its history, even as the author claims to honor it.