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Published: Sunday, Dec. 16 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Orem, UT

Dixie, the name of a girl, a region of the South, a school. What is all the fuss about? It is simply a name. It does not belong to a group of people in a negative sort of way. It does not detract from what a school is attempting to accomplish. It does not inflame a negative toward any individual. I really like the name Dixie. Again, what is all the fuss about? I suspect there will always be some who do their best effort in trying to strike up some sort of fight about anything that comes to mind, and why? Do they need attention, have they been hurt in some way or are they trying to hide from something that has happened in the past? Who knows! Let's just drop the whole thing, it does not matter to any clear thinking person. I have an aunt by the name of Dixie and I couldn't lover more, she is really a wonderful person.

Casa Grande, AZ

It would have simply been a name if the school hadn't had a statue of confederate soldiers, flew the rebel flag and had mock slave auctions.

If only it were just the name Dixie.

I know I wouldn't want my taxes going to that, it's just as offensive as a swasticka.

Reasonable Person
Layton, UT

Leave it as is, to serve as a warning to the rest of the world.
You see, "Dixie" may be historic - but it was named after the Deep South where its pioneers came from.

If you want to be a real university, put on your big boy pants and grow up.

Rock Of The Marne
Phoenix, AZ

As an alumnus of Dixie College, and a proud Dixie Rebel, I say leave the name (Dixie) alone. There is over a hundred years worth of association with it including a hundred plus years of alumni and alumna who's school is "Dixie." Please St. George and surrounding area, I beg you not to give in to the PC crowd on this matter. I honestly believe the name change crowd to be loud but few in number. Don't let their rational, which I feel baseles, win over reason and tradition. Go Dixie!

kaysville, UT

I am FROM Dixie...the REAL Dixie, and have just recently moved to Kaysville 3 months ago. I am appalled at some of your remarks! I have never heard the word Dixie used for anything other than to describe the region where I am from, which is the deep south, as in southern Mississippi. We are generally a hospitable, considerate people, who welcome those who come to our area. We are often called Dixie Darlins' by those who come and get to know us! I have never been accused of being a racist or any of your other dispicable terms. I am 52 years old and have reared multi-cultural children and there has never been an issue..and I did this in "Dixie". If there is some debate on having pride in the name of your university, then your should be grateful to be known as having roots to such a wonderful, strong people! Stop looking at the thorns, and look at the rose!

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

While people in our country are starving, dealing with job loss, and with the loss of loved ones from senseless school shootings.... Here in Utah we're arguing over the name of a school.


It's almost like we purposely ignore the larger issues (like the lack of funding higher education receives) to concentrate on the worthless ones (like the name of a school).

Casa Grande, AZ

To me it's the same as a swastika and being proud of Nazi heritage. The Dixie south, rebels and rebel flag to black Americans is just as bad.

What is glorious about a region that didn't want to be part of the United States and fought to enslave millions of god's children for their profit? Nothing.

So obviously it isn't illegal. All you have to complain about it is "politically correctness" which really just means that everyone else but YOU finds something offensive and tells you it's offensive.

You just expect everyone else to hold their tongues while you say whatever you want. The only thing changing is you are now a minority and people feel comfortable exercising their own free speech. Get used to it.

Kearns, UT

Bowing to political correctness will hurt the school in the long run. Aren't many points of view supposed to be embraced at a "university"? I don't know any white supremisists, Klan members, slave owners, southern confederate sympathizers, racists in St. George. Having the name Dixie is not in itself a connotation of "racism". One of Abraham Lincoln's favorite songs was "Dixie". He had it played when he heard that Lee had surrendured. Was Lincoln racist?

College name changes cause anguish. Case in point. Changing Ricks College to BYU-Idaho. I was not and am still not fond of the name change. Change to a 4 year school? Absolutely in favor. Change name to BYU-Idaho? Not so much. I now call BYU-I the "College formerly known as Ricks". My license plate holder says "Ricks College Alumnus" on it. I'd like to see the name changed to BYU-Ricks. I would be in favor of that change.

South Jordan, UT

The PC crowd is on the rampage, and the spineless are cowering before them. Local history is being dumped out the window by those who can't distinguish between two separate geographical areas that both bear the nickname 'Dixie'. Ignorance should never be allowed to drive decisions, especially for an institution of higher learning.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Jon Martin says it great....
This is so much more than just the name Dixie in and of itself. It’s about the Confederate theme that comes along with it. It’s about the fact that pictures in old Dixie yearbooks show performances being done in blackface, as well as mock slave auctions. The majority of supporters for Dixie say Dixie is about their roots. Well, to people of color, Dixie and Confederacy is about racism and slavery. It is a slap in the face to Black people, as well as other minorities. The pictures say it all; those images are offensive and an insult, condoning Confederate imagery on top of that just adds salt to the wound. So many individuals simply could not and would not see the ties to racism. Even when shown the pictures by a WCMC board member of the blackface performances, the crowd responding by heckling. A refusal to see what minorities see was apparent at Thursdays forum. If you do not believe Dixie and Confederate images are racist and offensive, then we suggest you ask those who are victims of racism and know what it’s like to be discriminated against.

SLC gal
Salt Lake City, UT

If Dixie in and of itself is racist, does it mean you're racist when you purchase "Dixie" paper cups and plates?

Saint George, UT

Yea my kids were born at the Dixie Regional Med. Center. Maybe I should have there birth certificate changed so folks won't look down on them someday for being racist. Ya know, for being born in a hospital with a known racist name. Seriously though, leave the name alone. The school or the city never used it as being racist. Maybe we will eventually just name things, School #39 or Store #45 or NFL team #22 so we don't offend anybody. Sheeeesh, enough all ready.

Casa Grande, AZ

Dixie cups don't have rebel flags, depictions of slavery and rebel solders on them.

You really don't see the difference do you? It's so sad.

Salt Lake City, UT

The only mystery here is why anyone other than alums and people from the area has any opinion on this issue? I officially abstain.

SLC gal
Salt Lake City, UT

Screwdriver -I was being sarcastic. Get a sense of humor. Seriously, I've been to "Utah's Dixie", and saw no Confederate flags or any other symbols of the fallen South. Leave it alone!

St. George, UT

Sadly, these comments illustrate my argument exactly. -Matthew Jacobson

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