Linda & Richard Eyre: Expose kids to diversity

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  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 15, 2014 12:47 a.m.

    It would help if people in Utah didn't;

    Live in the same houses,
    drive the same cars,
    have the same haircuts,
    wear the same clothes,
    eat the same foods.

    Can anyone please tell me where I can find good Southern Boiled Peanuts, a genuine Philly Steak and Cheese, Japanese Teriyaki, Acapulco Fish Taco, Korean Bulgogi, or Russian Piroshki in this town?

  • factsplease SLO, CA
    March 14, 2014 7:12 p.m.

    Accoding to 2008 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, UT ranked #8 in the U.S. for highest percentage of population that are white (92.9%)

    Additionally, approx 62% of the UT population is LDS.

    Does that qualify as diverse?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 12, 2014 3:36 p.m.

    We raised our childred outside of the bubble in Seattle.

    They are tolerant, kind to all their friends, treat everyone as children of the same God, and are non judgemental.

    They already knew that differences did not turn people into imaginary ficticous enemies.

    Something about living outside of the bubble and seeing all people as Children of God made them better Missionaries.

    Especially Over-Seas, in foregin lands, with foreign cultures, and foreign views and opinions.

    [I think that's why Paul the Apostle, Ammon, and Alma the Younger were the Greatest of all Missionaries.]

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2014 1:28 p.m.

    In the spirit of the column, I encourage readers to partake of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day parade. Although smaller than that one parade in July, it makes up for it in spirit and sass. It doesn't take itself too seriously. Then after that, be sure to take in the Living Traditions Festival and the Utah Arts Festival this summer. Exposure to and appreciation of cultural diversity doesn't get any better than that.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2014 1:27 p.m.

    I completely agree with the Eyres' call for more appreciation of the cultural diversity in Utah. Unfortunately, like jdesto, I also have heard far too many stories of LDS parents not letting their children play with non-LDS friends. They should take a cue from the Eyres and stretch their minds.

    While cultural and ethnic diversity is much greater here than thirty years ago, I think the Eyres in their enthusiasm overstate the case a bit. Utah is still pretty white. It doesn't look like Chicago or NYC. Granted, there are schools in Glendale or Rose Park with immigrant populations where over 80 languages are spoken, but the East Bench and south valley are mostly monolingual. The difference between Ogden's 25th Street and Manhattan's Upper East Side is that in Manhattan there is restaurant variety on the next block and the block after that, clear up to Harlem and down to the financial district. In Ogden, well... Utah still doesn't have its Greenwich Village, Tribeca, Lolita, or Brooklyn (never mind its Christopher Street). We are making progress, though. We had three (!) Ethiopian restaurants (love 'em) open in the space of a few months.

  • Bdfarley Holladay, UT
    March 12, 2014 10:57 a.m.

    Thank you for this timely article. It is so important to raise kids with a belief that there are good people everywhere. Even in Utah! Anxiety issues are running at an all time high for children now and I believe that if we are helping our kids to broaden their circles, we will not only help our communities but more importantly we will strengthen our children's hearts. This article reminds me of one I read in Real Clear Religion a few days ago by Betsy VanDenBerghe called "Confessions of a Utah Mormon".

  • jdesto Utah, UT
    March 11, 2014 5:07 p.m.

    I agree with what you are saying, but I have known of a few incidents where young children were involved and their parents would not allow them to play with non-Mormons. I was appalled, how is that right? I know of another incident of a coworker who is not Mormon going into a conversation happening on her block and an adult woman walking away from that conversation because she is Mormon and my coworker is not. Who do these people think they are? It may be far an few in these instances, but if it happened once it is happening more than people may know. I applaud your story and say I grew up working in my family business in Chicago, while we lived in the burbs, I was exposed to many different races and cultures at the work place, so to me to come here and witness what I have is very sad state of human interaction.

    Thanks for a great story about your family