Letter to the Editor: Addressing guns, social justice and diversity


Recently, The Daily Utah Chronicle has printed several articles and editorials that I find odd at best and infuriating at worst. On Feb. 19, the “Students Speak Out” segment posed the question, “Did the state Senate make the right decision in passing a bill to allow guns on the U campus?” All the while, part of the answer lay in a headline to an article on the front page, “Police issue warning to female students.” My letter to the editor went unpublished. I would like to think that this was due to its short length and not its final comment, “I am just wondering-hypothetically of course-would there be one less sexual predator on the loose had one of the two ladies in the cover story been carrying a legal firearm?” I sincerely hope that The Chronicle’s staff is not censoring an idea that it disagrees with.

I would also like to comment on the March 25 article, “Social justice forum bemoans lack of student empathy.” Much was written about a very low (statistically insignificant) attendance at the Wednesday meeting. I can not figure out how seemingly educated people can make statements like, “There’s a lot of dialogue with regard to diversity among administrators, but my desire is to find out what students are thinking.” Hello-didn’t the meager showing at your meeting answer this question for you? I did not even realize that there were “more than a dozen diversity resources on campus.” That makes an even greater point on the diversity issue: The social justice forum couldn’t even get the leadership of its own organizations to the pathetic meeting.

One final comment: Most of the students, faculty and staff on this campus are good, decent, hardworking people who don’t really have the diversity agenda on their minds. Most people realize that the diversity agenda-as it is currently being preached-is one that is forced on them and most don’t even agree with the message.

All the diversity offices are simply multicultural plantations that are out to indoctrinate those and enforce their law via a new thought police.

Ronnie Boutt

Junior, Bioengineering