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Published: Thursday, June 10 2010 10:00 p.m. MDT

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Please read these and think about it:

I was born in Mexico of good Mexican Parents. "After I finished my mission,was time to choose a University and I wanted BYU. I got a student visa and It took me a year to pass the TOEFL. But now I changed my mind, I want to go to UVU instead. The environment there isn’t as 'self-righteous' and 'discriminatory'."


"I feel Mexican inside but I am so glad my skin is white and not 'brown', coz kids at school treet me way better then my sister who's quit browner than me. I am sooo lucky!"

The first one comes from my journal in 1994, the second one from my son's journal in 2006, while he was attending elementary school.

I think I agree with abr2116, unless you or your kids have had to go though feeling like this it will be very hard for you to understand. But I also agree with those here who explain that as long as someone is "feeling sorry about himself" or "victimized" then that person will always have an excuse to remain mediocre or expect charity and hand downs.

Mom of 2

I think it's kind of strange that the man in this story was so surprised that there are few blacks in his neighborhood. It's Utah. Everybody in the country could tell you that there are more blacks in, say, Georgia than in Utah. It shouldn't come as a surprise to move to a neighborhood here and be the only ones on the block. We need more diversity here, anybody could tell you that.

Debra Sue

As a native Utahn and an African American I would like to ask those of you so frustrated or angry by Mr. Hotchkins comments to ask yourself why there is so much defensiveness when a person shares an experience that is not yours. If you could do that then possibly there could be an opportunity for greater understanding and improvement. We don't share the same experiences. It is an easy way out to say I play the race card when I tell you my experience rather than seek to understand something that may tell you something about our community. The position of minimizing it by shutting down the conversation by saying it's the "race card" allows a community to be ignorant and not be a part of improving race relations. I would welcome greater understanding and respect for anyone to be able to be honest about their life experience!


No Way!
How Did This Happen!

I, of course, refer to such a stupid article. The only people that worry about the color of a persons skin are those that want to keep racism on the front burner!

The reason the 'Census' counts races is only to 'Gerrymander' congressional districts ... honest people KNOW that it is the truth!

ER in AF

Thank Dedra Sue for putting words to what I was feeling. Rather than looking for opportunities to be offended, why don't we look for opportunities to be enlightened. I live in a place that I am very different physically and culturally. I am happy for all of the times I can see things in a different light than I would have if I just kept on keeping on in the smae way I always have. I lived in China before that and felt even more different and also gain so much.

I ask that we focus on the article and our own interaction with others so that we may be more rather than become less.

ER in AF

Boy! I need to re-read before hitting enter. Debra Sue not Dedra. Oh and I love the photo. I live in Rwanda and it is an example of what I was talking about. The barbershop. I have to look high and low for someone who knows how to cut my ultra-minority white hair. I understand that when a person is looking to mold their appearance through something such as a haircut, you want someone who understands you and in this instance your hair. Perspective is everything. I am grateful for gaining a little.


I am always surprised about Utah being so defensive about “diversity.”
I enjoyed living in Oklahoma City, but Mr. Hotchkins exaggerates the demographic differences of SLC and OKC. I've also lived in Detroit and Atlanta - they are different than SLC - but I would never tell anyone in those cities that I had a hard time finding white people to be with and it was difficult getting away from all those black people.
With all the LDS missionaries that have been to "everywhere" and a global religion headquartered in Utah, I would expect more self confidence in Utah. I don't think Utah has anything to apologize about, especially compared to other regions of the US.
As far as the “N” word — I hear it constantly used in Atlanta, by African Americans. The use of that word by Southern whites has been nearly eliminated. In my experience, I have never heard a white person in Georgia use the word in nearly a decade of living there. Times and people do change.

get'er done

Join the army and see people for who they are, not what color the may be. Stop looking for reasons to use color as an excuse. Athletics and the military are the two places where you'll find very little racism because you are forced to get to know people and the color issue goes away. It goes both ways, poor me or poor them.


I certainly hope that this man reported to the school what his son had been called. That is breaking school district rules. The children should have had some consequences and been written up. As a newly retired school teacher, I can tell you that such language was never tolerated in my class or in our school. It was in elementary school, not junior high or high school. The language there is appalling. It is just another form of bullying.

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