I do believe that the "Red Storm" refers to St. Johns. Perhaps there is
something more related to Utah that would be more appropriate for Dixie. There
is nothing racist or offensive in the word Dixie. The alleged offense is a
politically correct media created controversy designed to manipulate or dissuade
anyone from doing something different than the intellectual majority deems
appropriate. Utah did not participate in the Civil War. Utah was not even part
of the recognized United States during the Civil War. Dixie is a historically
used term to describe Southern Utah. I would submit that anyone finding racism
or discrimination in the word Dixie has little grounding in Utah history,
Southern Utah history, LDS Church history, or in the history of the Mountain
West region in general. Spitting on our heritage for the sake of political
correctness or some misguided notion of intellectual clarity dishonors everyone
who gave their all to found the State of Utah.
The absurd lengths we go to avoid offending any politically correct
sensitivities confirms that we indeed "if you don't stand for
something, you will fall for anything."So much for the much
lauded "tolerance" and "diversity" and "search for
truth" that academia cloaks itself with.In reality, academia and
their cousins in the media cater to their own prejudices, project them upon
everyone else, and then phrase their messages in simplistic terms suited for the
"low information voters" and those who are educated and get their
"news" from watching comedy shows on TV.However, it is
fruitless to argue against them, as anyone trying to preserve "Dixie" in
any form will be branded as evil, racist, uncaring, hateful, and ignorant of the
"true meaning."So, let's see what team names might be
acceptable. Maybe the "wimps" although that will surely offend someone.
Animal names seem unobjectionable, but the big cat name is spoken for, maybe
"kitties" or some variation might be okay. How about
"weasels?"For the school itself- "Southern Utah College
Known Earlier as Rebels?" That is long, so it could be abbreviated as
SUCKER.If you want a real education, go to Hillsdale College!
@Happy Valley Heretic"Nonsense, a culture of racism and bigotry
are not to be respected just because it's traditional." I
guess none of the Founding Fathers deserve our respect. Right? After all, many
of them were slave holders. What else should we do away with? The Stars and
Stripes? (It was indeed the flag that flew over a nation where slavery was
legal.) Should we change the name "United States of America"? (That is
the name of a place where slavery was once legal.)Your argument was
poorly constructed...and in the best case scenario your position is absurd.
Dixie is a PLACE, people. A place. I guess we'll have to cleanse our
history of the words Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina as well, in addition
to "South", "Land of Cotton", etc. Oh, and no more Bavaria
either, since that's where Hitler got his start. And don't even think
of bringing up Berlin!
I guess since William Marsh Rice wanted the University named after him to
educate only white males, anything associated with the name "Rice" must
be racist and sexist. Since Rice University now accepts ALL academically
qualified students, it needs to change its name to something with less of a
racist history.HVHis 49.2% or 43.7% yet a majority? I think
you have created a credibility issue for yourself
Heretic,For PC sake do you also want to do away with "Utes",
formerly known as the Runnin' Redskins?
Rock Canyon University
...and Hitlers mustach was originally a charlie chaplain, but go ahead a wear
one, you can take it back for charlie.Nonsense, a culture of racism
and bigotry are not to be respected just because it's traditional.It's better to learn from the mistakes of others not repeat them because
ignorance ruled at one time.
It represents a culture and a history. It was never a name derived from slavery,
until historians started selling us the connection. As far as the
flag and statue, do we only honor our brothers who won? Diversity is a respect
for all cultures, not just those victorious.
The name could have been innocuous had it not been for the confederate soldier
statue, pretend slave auctions and confederate flags. Without all that nobody
would have cared.Defenders of the name tend to be very dishonest in
not mentioning all that. Now if I name my restaurant the
"KKK" I might not have any problems as long as I don't have a
confederate flag and mock slave auctions. Oh, KKK is just a name why won't
you name the school that? Or "Gulag" or the "twin towers". Could it just be dishonesty arguing that you think there is nothing to a
name? This is when you are supposed to be honest. Your Mum taught you that.
I object to the use of "Red Storm" to refer to the students in St.
George. Sounds too communist to me. Ok, to be serious, we need to consider that
"Dixie" has nothing to do with racism or slavery. It is a nickname for
the South derived from the Mason-Dixon line which I hope is still taught in U.S.
history classes. It is no worse than referring to the Mormon Inter-mountain
community or like names that I Hear frequently to refer to sections of the