BLM Utah head who referred to as American flag ‘image of hatred’ resigns, citing ‘demise threats’
The president of the Black Lives Matter Utah chapter introduced she’s stepping down and has fled the state, citing “demise threats” over a Fourth of July Fb submit that referred to as the American flag “an emblem of hatred.”
Chapter founder Lex Scott made headlines final month after she argued on behalf of her group, which isn’t affiliated with the nationwide BLM group, that individuals who fly the U.S. flag are hostile towards individuals of colour.
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“Once we Black Individuals see this flag we all know the individual flying it isn’t protected to be round,” the July four submit learn. “Once we see this flag we all know the individual flying it’s a racist. Once we see this flag we all know that the individual flying it lives in a unique America than we do. Once we see this flag, we query your intelligence. We all know to keep away from you. It’s a image of hatred.”
In a tearful video posted on the group’s Fb web page Sunday, Scott introduced she was resigning from each her posts as group president and as president of the Utah Black Historical past Museum.
“Over the past month you understand that I obtained demise threats like a flood,” Scott wrote in an accompanying assertion. “This isn’t new. The one new factor was when somebody tried to climb over my fence and as a substitute of defending myself, I relaxed my physique and instructed myself that I needed they might hurry and get it over with. I didn’t even need to struggle again. The exhaustion of being on protection had worn on me. So ready to die that I welcomed demise and that’s not residing.”
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Scott mentioned she and her household determined to relocate out of Utah to an undisclosed metropolis that she cheerfully described as “all Black.”
“I can sleep at night time, which is a brand new factor,” she mentioned. “Once we arrived to our new location we stopped at a Walmart. I regarded round and there was not one White individual in that retailer. There are actually no White individuals anyplace. There aren’t even White cops. I made a health care provider’s appointment, my physician is Black. My mailman is Black, my daughter’s academics are Black, the billboards have Black legal professionals on them. Nobody profiles us in shops. Nobody even notices us. We mix in.”
“I’ll by no means not be part of this motion,” she continued. “Law enforcement officials can retire. Black individuals can not. We’ll at all times be underneath this racist system and we will’t go anyplace to keep away from that. I additionally really feel like it should take me a yr to determine the politics right here. I like to review a state of affairs earlier than changing into concerned. And there are conditions right here. Conditions that should be addressed. And there are such a lot of sources right here. I might construct a Black military. I actually might.”
“I’ll miss your faces. I’ll miss yelling at police. I’ll miss the CAG. I’ll miss hanging concern into the hearts and souls of racists,” she added.
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Scott mentioned she has been changed by Utah activist Rae Duckworth, who is expounded to Bobby Duckworth, a 26-year-old killed by Wellington police in September 2019, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
BLM Utah organizer Mario Mathis has taken over Scott’s function as museum president, she mentioned.