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Letters: Break from 'Dixie'

Published: Friday, Feb. 8 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

As recent news stories illustrate, the struggle for equality in American society isn't over yet. I watched with interest to see how the Utah Board of Regents would handle the vote approving the change to university status for Dixie State College despite the recent disappointing debate surrounding the use of the name Dixie.

Like a bad episode of "Hoarders," it was sad to see a community clinging to the social relics of its small-town past even while they aspired to newer and greater things. But, despite the sting to provincial pride, the only way we can change the way things have been is to change what we do now.

In this rubber stamp world of the status quo I was surprised to see that two regents had voted against approval and asked the board to reconsider using the racially sketchy name for the state's newest university.

So, two out of the 15 regents expressed official dissent and voted for a break from the past. A missed opportunity for sure but, Martin Luther King, Jr. called on us to "keep this movement rolling... If you can't fly, run. If you can't run, walk. If you can't walk, crawl. But by all means, keep moving."

Keith Homer

Midvale

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