When Ricks College was renamed Brigham Young University-Idaho, there was some
local opposition. Those opposed to dropping "Ricks" used the same
emotional but illogical arguments as those who now still prefer "Dixie".
I know a man, a graduate of BYU-I, who applied for admission to graduate school
at a prestigious, high ranking university. The competition for acceptance was
high. He was accepted not only because he had an excellent academic record, but
because his degree came from "Brigham Young University-Idaho." He never
would have been accepted if his degree had come from "Ricks University."
I fear that emotions and sentiment have outweighed good sense and concern for
the future graduates of "Dixie State University."
While we are describing the terrible and racist issues of Dixie, we should be
also demanding the end of using Ute for anything in the U of U. Because the Ute
tribes were active in the slave trade business.
Yes it is amazing how a few hundred years of slavery and official and unofficial
discrimination will produce a few "thin skins" here and there.
I think naming it Dixie is a mistake. The area has no actual ties with the
South. While the name is not actually racist, it just doesn't make a lot
of sense. People who hear it will never associate it with Utah. They will
always asume it is somewhere in the south. It was good that they got rid of the
rebel name and especially the statue. I'd like to know what on earth that
statue was doing there in the first place. I was pretty shocked when I found
out it even existed. St. George has NO ties with the south or the confederacy
and the name should have been changed to St. George University.
I don't think the name Dixie is racist or demeaning, but I do think the
reason put forth why this name should be kept is wrong. The reason was to honor
the early founders of that part of southern Utah. From what I have read, those
early founders were slave holders and as such really don't deserve to be
I have a cousin whose name is "Dixie." Perhaps she should change her
name so a few thin skins won't be offended!
"Someone" might be offended? Pretty much everyone sensitive to our
country's difficult past in regard to race relations. Hardly a minor issue.
Oh for heck sake. Not voting for the bill because Dixie is still in the name.
So what if a few are offended? They can get over themselves and quit choosing
to be offended. But most of the time they won't because their victim
status is engrained in their DNA. Heaven help us if someone might be offended.
Society might not be able to function. Being offended is a choice. One that
does not have to be made.I wish I still lived in Murray. I'd
run against Wheatley in a heart beat.
And one might well ponder the issue of "relevance" with regard to
retaining the name Dixie in the 21st Century.
An interesting comment re: relevance. Standing up for principle against the
majority is what true leaders do -- John Brown, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King,
Ghandi come to mind.
@Whoa Nellie right because we should only stand up for what we think is
right if we in the majority.
Nothing like drawing attention to oneself, like the six SL County legislators,
by casting a vote against the university status for Dixie State College. That
just says, "Hey, look at me. I am totally irrelevant and proud of it."