Change the name of Dixie University

Change the name of Dixie University

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Sarah Jeffreys started this petition to Utah State Legislature and

The name Dixie is associated with slavery,  Confederacy, segregation, and Jim Crow racism. In 2013 the controversial name hit mainstream and there was momentum to finally have it changed. But southern Utah university donors fought hard to keep this name, which has early pioneer sentimental value which includes a desperate longing to retain a confederacy identity. The word Dixie is not only racist but it conjures up images of severe violence, lynching, and continued white supremacy. As one current Dixie University employee points out, by the University continuing to use the name it continues support for racism, support that is not lost either on those who harbor racist sentiments or on those who suffer the effects. In this monumental time in history let’s use this as an opportunity to finally change this name! Let’s put an end to these lingering names, symbols, and relics that support white supremacy. 

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