Who's Responsible For Racism In Davis County And The Rest Of Utah?
Late last year, the Department of Justice chastised the Davis School District for failing to address “serious and widespread” racist behavior. But where does the buck stop for that problem?
Davis County's dominant culture is heavily influenced by the state's dominant religion. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches kindness, respect and integrity — values that clearly don’t mesh with the discrimination, hatred and harassment that is happening in our schools. So, how much responsibility does LDS church culture bear for kids’ racist behavior? This Friday at noon we’re talking about where racism comes from and what can be done to address it in Davis County and throughout Utah’s schools and communities.
Air date: Jan. 14, noon MT and Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. MT.
- Rick Rose is a father of black children in the Davis School District
- Sheryl Ellsworth is a former teacher and a mother of two
- Deirdre Straight is a paraprofessional and is a mother of three