Now I am pissed, this political correctness has gotten way out of hand.
Dixie College, a small educational institution in St. George, Utah is being pressured to change the name from “Dixie” because of the racial overtones the name carries from the confederate south.
Are you shitting me! St. George is on the Utah/Arizona border. The climate was conducive to growing cotton, so that is what the good folks of St. George did, raised cotton. St. George was dubbed “Utah’s Dixie” due to the warm climate and the early cotton farms. THERE WERE NEVER ANY SLAVES IN ST. GEORGE…EVER!
Dixie College may have a .05% African-American student population. But one of the black students decided the name was racist. The Alumni are furious and are considering dropping funding if the name is changed.
30 years ago an artist was hired to make a statue that symbolized the college name. Last week due to the controversy school officials had the statue removed. Because of one black student. Who is supposedly speaking for the entire student body. A student body who is ambivalent about the controversy.
“The Rebels,” by Utah sculptor Jerry Anderson, depicts a mounted soldier holding the South’s famous Civil War battle standard and helping an injured comrade. For the past 25 years, the life-size bronze statue has stood in front of the Avenna Center, where it is now fueling the argument that the college’s name ties it to the racist traditions of the slave-holding South.
But Anderson, who has produced numerous statues on display outdoors at Dixie and Southern Utah University, was disappointed.
“It looks like they have succumbed to the adversary,” Anderson said. “They are a bunch of wusses. That’s the first action taken to get rid of it? The other people are winning. That’s the way it is in the world. We are giving in to people who really aren’t Americans.”
The rallies have been organized by critics who say the Dixie name should be retired. Last week, someone threw a sheet over the statue’s Confederate flag.
The statue’s removal is the latest development in a campus discussion that is becoming increasingly confrontational, including a warning from Dixie’s leading benefactor that donors will cut off support if Dixie is dropped.
Legislation is in the works to elevate Dixie to university status as early as next year, prompting the need to come up with a new name.
This is the young man who has been pushing for removal of the statue and also with the name change, his quote after they took it down:
“This is one of the main things I have fought for. It’s a great day.” Roi Wilkinson said. “It’s not like this is promoting anything other than negativity, and when students see it from that perspective they will agree with us.”
“If they look at it from that perspective they will agree with us” is the telling part of the quote. He knows a majority of the students don’t have an issue with the name or the statue. It is just him and whatever liberal lefty minded students he can round-up.
I don’t know how old the young man is but slavery was abolished 147 years ago, so approximately 125 years before he was born.
I’m sorry but this shit is more about making noise and stirring up controversy than it is about personal feelings. I can’t believe for one second that this kid loses any sleep about the name or the statue. But he certainly gets his name in the paper and get’s the satisfaction of destroying a beautiful piece of art that he deems to be a symbol of white authority/power or whatever.
This is what is wrong with our country nowadays. Liberal minds are making the rules.
With the media, university professors, politicians, and bizarro lefties, they are pushing buttons and officials, in whatever capacity, are crumbling. They cave like a cheap tent so as not to be considered racists. IT WAS 147 FREAKIN’ YEARS AGO! Even if you want to play the ’50′s and ’60′s segregation argument hell that was over 50 years ago.
Don’t you think that as a race you have been given preferential treatment in the last fifty years. Affirmative Action is everywhere. You have your own television network, (which if it was WET instead of BET shit would hit the fan), the NAACP, The Rooney Rule,….blah, blah, blah ,blah, blah.
Mr. Wilkinson I don’t know why you chose to come to Dixie College, but when you get your degree, would you please go back from whence you came and leave our history the fuck alone. That is all.