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King holiday tests Utahns' commitment to diversity

Published: Monday, Jan. 21 2008 12:00 a.m. MST

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good article

This is a good article. I'm happy to see not only people in the article having good experiences in Utah but also the commenters all making positive statements about their experiences. I grew up in an area with with a lot of different races - high school was probably 50% non-white - and race was more of an issue the older we got. For example, looking at birthday party pictures as I grow up, there are fewer and fewer black kids in the pictures. I don't know why it was or is but there was just a natural separation. In high school we had student panels and discussions about it, how to deal with race issues and differences. Then I moved to Utah and found many of the same issues don't exist because there are fewer minorities. But I also found there is a lot more ignorance in Utah and when people get mean, they can be really mean, almost as if they know they will win if prosecuted. I guess my point is it exists everywhere and I'm not sure what the answer is. It's a lot harder than just deciding to treat everybody nicely.

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