Stupid name, it was time to get rid of it.
Not all of Utah's southwest region is known as "Dixie." That term
refers to a specific part of the low elevation areas. I've noticed a few
people in the northern part of the state lately calling Cedar City
"Dixie" and that is not correct.
Beautiful name. I was happy about the choice.
Cedarite, I'm so glad you said that. As the song says, "...Anywhere
below the Iron County line, then you're from Dixie! Hurrah for Dixie!
'Cause I'm from Dixie too!And Tilka, It's not so
stupid of a name when you consider that the early settlers needed cotton. A plan
was setup for immigrants to settle St George, despite it's harsh climate,
in an attempt to harvest and refine cotton from cottonwood trees. That is why
it's called Utah's Dixie (not because it's southern Utah, as
there were no state or territory lines when it was named). The Cotton Mission
failed but the city remains. We name the school Dixie in honor of people who
built a city in a desert which might not exist otherwise.It has
little, if anything, to do with slavery.
As a Dixie alumni, I am happy to hear the words Dixie State University. One of
the most interesting classes I have ever taken was the history of S. Utah,
taught by former Washington City Mayor Bob Slack, at Dixie College. I enjoyed
learning about the local area, and the fascinating places such as Silver Reef.
The story of Father Scanlan holding Catholic Mass in the Saint George Tabernacle
building is an amazing example of religious tolerance and cooperation, as the
Mormon choir learned the Catholic hymns in Latin, and performed them at the
Mass. I remember walking out of class and planning a visit to a new historic
place each week. I hope that Dixie State University will offer this class so
that the incredible history of this area will enrich the educational experience
of those students who choose to attend. The history of "Utah's
Dixie" is significantly different than the history of the S. United States.
Congratulations Dixie State University. Chris Cannon
While the good people of southern Utah are proud of their location being called
"Utah's Dixie" to the rest of the country "Dixie"
represents the ideals of Slavery, discrimination, white supremacy just to begin.
This is one time when the local sentiment should of been over ridden by those
with a larger national view. This name makes Utah and especial the good people
of Southern Utah looked as supporters of the concept of "Dixie" which we
are not. What a sad unintended message we are sending to the rest of the nation.
As a Dixie alum and a strong supporter of Dixie, I think that continuing to use
the name "Dixie" is a mistake. It carries too much baggage. Throughout
the rest of the United States, it represents too much negative connotation as
"bruce1" says. If Dixie wants respect it better change it's name or
it will always be thought of as a provincial little party school with racial
overtones. When Ricks was changed to BYU-Idaho, there was some complaining but,
in dropping the name "Ricks" and changing to BYU-Idaho gave it immediate
credibility and their graduates have benefited from it. And the name
"Ricks" didn't have the negative baggage associated with it that
@bruce1No, it doesn't."Dixie" is a
geographic region south of the Mason-Dixon line. That's it. The
Confederacy ended in 1865...it seems to me like you are the one that can't
let it go.And good for us (Utah, and the Nation as a whole) for not
letting whatever wacko white supremacists who remain hijack the term. We're
bigger than them, we're better than that. Glad to see Dixie
State University didn't bow down to the spineless political-correctness
...and mock slave auctions, black face performances and the stars and bars are
just traditions that have nothing to do with slavery or the "other"
Wait, Cedar City is not part of Utah's Dixie? And the name Dixie is
racist? Better alert the forest service so they can change the name of Dixie
Tilka is typical of those who call the name "Dixie" ignorant when it is
in fact they who are ignorant of its real meaning.
Elliot: "Dixie" refers to the lower elevation area around St. George
which were part of the mission to grow cotton. Cedar City has a different
climate and was part of the mission to produce iron, thus Iron County. People in
Cedar City do not refer to Cedar as "Dixie." The forest presumably is
named after the parts of Washington County that are known as "Utah's
Dixie." In the fervor over the name, it seems to be spreading and now people
are calling Cedar City and all of southern Utah "Dixie" when that is not
how the term is commonly used down here.
This is good news. So if only 17% opposed the Dixie name and they still kept
it, I wonder what percentage opposed the Rebel name a few years ago? If
opposition to the Rebel name was less than 17%, maybe they should think about
re-instating the Rebel. When it comes down to it, there is nothing wrong with
the name Dixie or Rebels. Thanks for using some common sense judgment regarding
I'm a graduate of Dixie High School who attended Dixie College briefly
before transferring to the University of Utah. I grew up in and currently live
and work as a computer programmer in St. George. I have no personal qualms or
objections to the "Dixie" name as, for me, it has always represented a
place that I love, but I still view it as a profound mistake on the part of the
college. St. George needs a world class university in order to develop a more
diverse and high tech economy. I sincerely believe the name will hold this
institution back from that. It may be unfair, but the reality remains. They
should have dropped Dixie from the name.
If BYU can have loads of success being named after an LDS prophet Dixie
shouldn't have anyone against the name or think that they won't have
Dan Moore- Um, I'm thinking that 83% of people who like the name will be
able to sustain the college from being "held back" as you think.
I'm so glad that the trustees didn't cave into the vocal minority as
so often happens in these cases. People need to realize that there are some
"real" problems in this country, like the economy, homelessness,
healthcare (no, obamacare isn't the answer) that vocal people could get
behind. A small school in Southern Utah? Good grief! Am I the only one that is
sick of political correctness? People need to develop some thicker skin.
To bruce1 (who is not from the rest of the country) Dixie does NOT represent
slavery etc. I lived in the south (Georgia and Florida) for 21 years. Most
Southerners (black and white) are proud of Dixie. Dixie is a great place to
live. Either in the south or in southern Utah
The LDS converts from the American South brought their human chattel to Salt
Lake Valley in 1847. One of these women slaves later fled to Los Angeles in the
1850s and as a free woman became a very rich business woman and it all started
doing other people laundry. Look it up on Google "Biddie Mason" or
something close to that
Tilka is a stupid name. Dixie is an awesome name.
I have lived in the South all of my life, but have traveled widely. Do I
regret our history of slavery and Jim Crow laws? Yes, I do and wish these
things had never happened. But, they did. All responsible whites I
know agree with me. I would invite all you critics of Southern Dixie to
research the entire history of this country, including, but not limited to, the
North's involvement in:1. the ill treatment and massacre of Native
Americans throughout this country;2. the ill treatment of various groups,
including Chinese, Latinos, Irish, Mormons, among others;3. the illegal
and unprovoked war with Mexico in the 1840s followed by confiscation of vast
areas of Mexico;4. participation in the slave trade from the beginning by
Northern merchants, speculators, and industrialists;5. segregation and ill
treatment of Blacks in the North from the beginning.I could go on, but you
may get the idea.As is said, " You who is without sin, let him cast
the first stone."
Do people understand that the name Dixi nationally has a bad reputation? They
should have done a nationwide poll to understand how the meaning of the word has
changed. It's become archaic. Why handicap yourself with a name just
because the locals like it? Seems so short sighted - Oh, well.
Thank you Board, for preserving history and heritage by keeping the name.Thank you for not letting others define who you are and what you stand for.Thank you for telling the "Political Correctness Police" to take a
hike, preferably somewhere deep into Zions Canyon.This nonsense
needs to stop. The Rebel statue and Civil War emblems are gone.Why
they ever became part of the fabric is beyond me, but they are now gone.That battle was fought and correct decisions were made.The name
has retured to it's original intent and meaning, to honor the Pioneers and
their mission to grow cotton.Do the agitators demand that Dixie Cups
go away?Do the agitators demand all those named Dixie change their
names?Do the agitators want to ban The Dixie Chicks music? (actually
that's not a bad idea)Groups on occasion force new definitions
of words and phrases, in an attempt to score political victories. Bless those
that don't captulate to their demands when they go too far.Bless the Universities of the Utes, Seminoles, Chippewas etc. for preserving
their Tribally Sanctioned nicknames as well.
@Dan MooreIt looks like your years on the liberal U of U campus has
had it's intended effect on you.To turn you into P.C. Silly Puddy.PC police....Get lost!
I for one still call the College formerly known as Ricks Ricks. I can't
find myself calling it BYU-I.As for the race/hate/politically
correct people out there, the Civil War ended in 1865, quit fighting it. When I
think of Dixie in a national sense or a local sense, I think of the South. Not
Slavery, racism, bad teeth, funny accents. Like it or not, Slavery is a part of
our national heritage. We need to learn from it and improve ourselves, but
freaking out over a flag or a name is just plain dumb. Get over it.
Leave the name Dixie in the name. Get rid of the black face, the slave part,
get rid of the rebels and go on with life. Dixie is fine as long as all the
references to black slavery is removed.
Is the HV Heretic ready to take on the "Runnin' Redskins" of the
1970's now represented simply as the Runnin' Utes?
@4601No need to take on the U of U they've been sensitive about the
name they borrow from the Utes."The University of Utah uses Ute
as its nickname with permission from the Ute Tribal Council. Although the
University of Utah nickname is still Utes, the school introduced a mascot in
1996, with permission from the Ute Tribal Council. "Swoop" represents a
red-tailed hawk, a bird indigenous to the state of Utah."