Lex Scott, now-former president of the Utah BLM chapter, has moved her family out of the state and to an undisclosed city where she feels safer. Scott made headlines earlier this year when she posted on Facebook that the American flag is a “symbol of hatred.”
“When we Black Americans see this flag we know the person flying it is not safe to be around,” the July post read. “When we see this flag we know the person flying it is a racist. When we see this flag we know that the person flying it lives in a different America than we do. When we see this flag, we question your intelligence. We know to avoid you. It is a symbol of hatred, she stated in the post.
Last Sunday, Scott posted a farewell video to Facebook where she discussed her decision to take her family out of Utah. Stepping down from the Black Lives Matter Utah Chapter, which is not connected to the national Black Lives Matter movement.
Scott also resigned from her position as the president of the Utah Black History Museum.
Alleged death threats following her post on the flag spurred the move, and in her accompanying statement she described one escalation in particular:
“Over the last month you know that I received death threats like a flood. This is not new. The only new thing was when someone attempted to climb over my fence and instead of defending myself, I relaxed my body and told myself that I wished they would hurry and get it over with. I did not even want to fight back. The exhaustion of being on defense had worn on me. So prepared to die that I welcomed death and that is not living,” she recounted in a statement.
She reported that her new homestead has provided some much-needed relief.
“I can sleep at night, which is a new thing,” she said. “When we arrived to our new location we stopped at a Walmart. I looked around and there was not one white person in that store. There are literally no white people anywhere. There aren’t even white cops. I made a doctor’s appointment, my doctor is black. My mailman is black, my daughter’s teachers are black, the billboards have black lawyers on them. No one profiles us in stores. No one even notices us. We blend in.”
Sounds as if she’s a champion of diversity and inclusion. But the new utopia she has found is not without its faults.
“I will never not be a part of this movement,” she declared, adding, “Police officers can retire. black people cannot. We will always be under this racist system and we can’t go anywhere to avoid that. I also feel like it will take me a year to figure out the politics here. I like to study a situation before becoming involved. And there are situations here. Situations that must be addressed. And there are so many resources here. I could build a black army. I really could.”
If she starts a “black army”, it may be hard to keep her mystery city a secret.
She concluded, “I will miss your faces. I will miss yelling at police. I will miss the CAG [Community Advocates Group]. I will miss striking fear into the hearts and souls of racists.”
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