Uh... sorry, I've lived in the south too and they are WAY more overtly racist than Utah.
Posted By: Rocker Ute
Date: Friday 15 March 2019, at 11:10 am
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I drove every day by Kustom Kar Kovers, I witnessed a KKK march down MLK blvd and heard people use terms like 'boy' and make racist comments like they were fact in the open. I saw segregated neighborhoods, etc. I saw a place called the Koffee Kup Kafe, which was open and proud of their racist affiliations. Confederate flags were flown out in the open, and cars were frequently emblazoned with "The South Will Rise Again." I learned there were 'white neighborhoods, black neighborhoods and wetback neighborhoods...' yes that is exactly what they said.
I have encountered racism in Utah, but I have never ever ever seen anything that approached what I witnessed in the south.
To be honest, my sheltered life in Utah up to that point had me believing that the KKK was basically eradicated except in the deep backwoods of Mississippi, etc. To see it so out in the open was truly shocking to me.
Further proof, go watch Borat. It would be pretty hard for him to find a group of frat boys willing to openly say the racist things they did, but you could tell it was said openly many times before.
480Ute hit it on the head with a post a couple of days ago, that the racism that exists in Utah is largely from ignorance and naïveté.
I'm not making excuses for it, we all need to get better, but to say Utah is more racist than the South is outright laughable. Just because you were afraid of black people that kept you from saying or doing racist things doesn't make you not racist.
I'm glad this whole thing was not tolerated, and fans need to step up and quash it. In an arena of 18,000 people all it takes is 3 or 4 of those people to label the whole crowd as racist.
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