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Utah is a state in the western United States. It became the 45th state admitted to the Union on January 4, 1896. Utah is the 13th-largest, the 31st-most populous, and the 10th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States.


I was raised in Utah and have only lived elsewhere for five years of missionary and military service. When I was very young racism was normal here. I didn't even realize that the racist phrases I was repeating as a child were wrong at first. As the civil rights movement began to dominate the news most of my relatives gradually moved away from our bad habits. I hope I did, anyway. Experiencing mixed races for the first time in military training was a real wake up call, seeing how little color, race, or religion had to do with a person's character. I realized that many of my fellow Church members and neighbors had not really understood the teachings of our Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (we are all God's children and should not judge others). Many, but not all, of my relatives and fellow Utahns have made a lot of progress, but not nearly enough to please me.

There is a lot of prejudice here lately against immigrants and Muslims. A lot of it comes from the ...more

Utah is the most racist place I have been outside of the Middle East. If you are not white, you are going to have to work extra hard to make sure white people like you or risk being a social outcast with little or no opportunities.

If you are not white you have to be dumb enough to be a fashion accessory or rich enough to intimidate them. If you can pass for dumb that's good enough. It doesn't matter if you can speak six languages, if one of them isn't English or if you speak English with a thick accent, they will think you are stupid and hence be more likely to accept you. Another tactic available to attractive women of color is to date a white man. This will temporarily afford you the right to act as if you are white but don't be confused, this is all contingent on your continued tacit support of the white Christian patriarchy.


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Also, if you are pretty and a different race, they will accuse you of being a witch. Causing them to have sexual feelings for you. They will try to force you stay married to a Mormon man, and they will harass you if you attempt to leave. They will use legal means to keep you in an abusive relationship with someone from the state. They also read blogs, so if you contribute online, they may retaliate because you talked about it online. I cannot emphasize enough how dangerous they are; the police are corrupt as well and carry out the whims of hateful church members. Stay out of there; do not even drive through. - Rubany

Sat Lake City is also full of racists. Simply visit Utah for a few weeks and move on. It's lame and depressing in here. You have all these older Mormon men giving you the weird looks, like you're invading their city whatsoever. I constantly feel like I am a treat to them. Personally, I think Utah must be number 3 or 4 in this chart. Certainly before California.

Xenophobes all over the place. The younger, progressive ones think they're accepting and all, while most of them have obviously inherited their ancestors xenophobic tendencies.

They always hang out amongst their little, grungy circles, and never invite you to events. Also, Utans are very sensitive to sharp humor, or conversations even slightly out of their comfort zone.

These people love small talk. They can discuss their favorite coffee flavor, or sandwich bread with excited, high-pitched tones for hours. Going though all the necessary and unnecessary details.

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I live in Utah, and it's rather racist. It's a passive aggressive, white collar racism. My employer would constantly insult me referring to my country's third world status and occasionally create hostile situations. He was an absolute psycho-redneck. He even beat me. I am an immigrant, thus, I did not report or file a lawsuit, thinking that my case is insignificant to authorities. I simply quit.

I know some people from Utah and they are very closed minded. They truly believe that they are superior to everyone else. They think black people are the devil. They are sheltered and not open to other races opinions. When my boss met the new VP who is now over her boss she almost passed out when she saw he was black. Whites in Utah treat people like they are less than human and they all think they are decedents of royalty from Britiain. They are more hillbillies there than any other state.

So I am an active member of the Mormon faith living in Utah. I am deeply offended by the comments that say we are a cult and worship devils etc. However, as a military brat that has lived in other states, I can honestly say that the total lack of cultural diversity in most cities and towns in Utah should definitely make it at least a top ten if not a top five racist state. It is true that if you are not white or Mormon you will be pressured to conform to the culture or leave. Which is why as soon as I get my University Degree I am moving to a more diverse state.

The state of Utah is a lot more racist then people think. They just don't show it too much because since it is predominantly religious they have to be nice to be a little bit nice to you. But you see it every where. Especially white women against Latinos. It is very obvious. I do not recommend single Latin men to move here, I sure regret I did.

This state should be 14 positions higher. Talk about your story about this state and get Utah to the #2 position. This state is religious for sure, which means if you are NOT a White Mormon you are NOT welcome.

Utah should be much higher. It's a very racist state, the white people here stare at you if you 're black like they see an alien. The stores, billboards and even the bus posters are mostly of black people which is so weird because how else to prove your racist than to focus on posting black faces around. I hate this place it cold and the people here are cold. If it wasn't because of the military I would never have considered this place full of hypocrites and dumbasses that think they know everything. And Salt Lake City isn't that great. SLC is practically closed down on Sundays so the Mormons can go to temple and do their devil worshiping. Also this is the first place I ever had a stupid white server girl with verbal diarrhea blurt out she thinks all black people smell good. One good thing about this state was that I found that while there are horrible people that live here there are also good people. Someone hit my car in the parking lot and a guy chased them down and made sure they ...more

Utah is very racist. From my experience, I lived in downtown Salt Lake City for 4 1/2 years. In the upper class commonly wealthy area referred to as 'The Avenues'. I hated living there. It's so boring and depressing. The city shuts down at 9 P.M. the white people are rude, racist, think they're superior amongst other races. And it's funny how they are so racist towards black people when Utah has one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. And hey this...THE CHILDREN THEY ADOPT ARE BLACK! ' That's insane.
If you're not Mormon and white you're treated as an outcast. Being black attractive and successful in Utah will outcast you as well. The blacks that are there and happy have either been adopted and raised by a black family. Married into a write family and converted to Mormon religion. It's a cult! The people run the state of Utah. Let's put it out there. The white men own their businesses. Build their own homes. While the women stay home barefoot and pregnant all the time. ...more - Anti-Utah

I actually have a lot of Mormon friends, although I am not Mormon, I am Southern Baptist... but I am white

I used to attend church with my Mormon friends and they were cool with me...
I stopped attending with them but they remained cool with me and often bug/annoy by email/social media to come back and see or hang out with them, but they're still cool with me...

...Pretty sure being white helps with that lol

It's ironic b/c it's kind of like in Minnesota where Mormonism/Utah is basically just a "cover up" for racism against blacks and Mexicans lol

I mean it's obvious when my white Mormon friends would invite me over to spend the night, play ball with them/frisbee, while just barely knowing me off the bat

White privilege is pretty sweet lol - truthteller74

I have driven from coast to coast, and visited almost every state in the US. By far the worst driving experience I had was in Utah. Literally, every car blew past me (blowing my car to the side) and cut me off with no blinker. It wasn't my driving, because nothing like tis happened in any other of the 25+ states I've driven through. They were making a point my kind was not welcome...SCARY!

There are two key things that makes this state racist. You either have to be white and/or a Mormon to have a happy and successful life. Utah was founded by Mormon pioneers in the middle of the 1800s. Today, majority of the population are both white and mormon. With Latinos and catholic coming in second place. The point is, the advantages mostly goes to both white and mormons, those whom are not in neither will have to work harder to have a better life.

I live in Utah and I've encountered lots of racism. I'm half Mexican and even some cops are rather racist. I'd rather live in California again.

Utah should be at the #2 position, If you want to feel racism come to utah,
White Police officers like to target Minorites, and the mormon religion is racist...

For the first 130 years, the culture's theology was one of the last bastions of systemic racism in the country. Until 1978 Black were not afforded full blessings in the Mormon church

Utah is a paradise for white people. The passive aggressive hate for other races is everywhere. This state goes unnoticed because of the major religion. Being judged by every soul in this state is impossible to avoid. I hope for those moving here that are not white, to have a better experience than I did. Slavery ended but racism is still alive and strong but more quiet.

I was vacationing in Utah several years ago (I'm from Illinois). When I went into a gas station to pay for gas, the white young woman behind the counter all but threw my change at me. Oddly, she was extremely friendly with my white husband. I'm half-Asian, but I think she thought I was Native American by my skin tone, jewelry and dress. Needless to say, I will never go to Utah again.

Cold, racist, close minded people. It's a beautiful state, but it's not worth surrounding yourself by hateful xenophobes.

75% of the people here are moronic racists who would rather pay 10% to some cult than learn about actual history. They seem ok at first but when they realize you are not going to be a mormon and live "right" like they do, they start giving you the cold shoulder and showing their true ignorant selves. Not ALL mormons are like this but Utah has the worst of them. I know mormons who moved here and promptly moved away because the people here were strange and cult like. this was out of the mouth of a devout mormon. STAY AWAY FROM Utah AT ALL COSTS. unless you are a racist hick then you will fit right in.

Boy oh boy Utah should be topping this chart

Passive agressive people. Weird looks. They will silently punish you if anything goes not according to their unwritten standards. I am a white foreigner, Imagine how they treat African Americans or Hispanics.

You can never trust a coworker here. They seem pleasant and extra nice, yet they consistently gossip behind your back. They love to judge foreigners here. There is indeed a superiority complex.

People here are extremely close minded. It's very hard to make friendships, think Seattle Freeze.

Geographically, it's probably the most beautiful state in US.

A ninety percent white society, full if people that treat other races like a different species. All non-whites are alienated/not as good/why talk to a black person when there are white people left in the world.

It sucks here. Utah is dry which is bad for my hair so I wear a wig to protect it and the fact there a barely any black hair salons that are any good doesn't help anyway. I hate it here and the people are rude and nasty nice. At the airport they had the audacity to pat down my wig which was so damn rude an unnecessary.This is the only place I've seen this.I lost my phone and ask the security to check the bathroom cause I couldn't cross back into the line and they ignored me walked slowly and lied the phone wasn't where I left. I abhor this demon filled state.

Pretty much everyone is racist toward anyone that isn't white. Unless you are white, it seems like you are a second class citizen.