Lex Scott, who is the founder and was president of Black Lives Matter Utah and president of the Utah Black History Museum, announced on the Black Lives Matter Utah Chapter Facebook page over the weekend that she has stepped down from both positions.
“Goodbye Utah, as of this moment I Lex Scott am stepping down as the President of Black Lives Matter Utah Chapter. I am also stepping down as President of the Utah Black History Museum. I also no longer reside in Utah. My family and I have relocated to another state.”
She then went on to explain later in her post about incidences that have taken place since she made a controversial statement about the American flag.
“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. I also was not prepared to have someone hurt my family. They are amazing. They do not deserve this life. This life of staying in hotels all the time when a death threat comes in. The massive security procedures that became a part of daily life. Moving my daughter’s bedroom to avoid a pipe bomb being thrown through her window.”
On July 4, Scott posted this provocative statement on the Black Lives Matter Utah Chapter Facebook page:
“When we Black Americans see this flag we know the person flying it is not safe to be around. 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.
“Enjoy this fun compilation of racism, hate and death threats given to Black Lives Matter Utah from flag waving Americans.”