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September 28, 2021

Utah Black Lives Matter president Lex Scott steps down after moving to another state

Lex Scott, founder of the Utah chapter of Black Lives Matter, chants as protesters and counterprotesters clash outside of the Cottonwood Heights Police Department in Cottonwood Heights on Aug. 3, 2020. Scott has stepped down as president of BLM Utah and the Utah Black History Museum. (Yukai Peng, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Black Lives Matter and Utah Black History Museum president Lex Scott announced Sunday that she has stepped down and has moved to another state.

Rae Duckworth, who Scott said is “the answer to many of my prayers,” will now lead the state’s Black Lives Matter chapter, while the Utah Black History Museum board voted for Mario Mathis to replace Scott, who will remain a board member. Utah’s Black Lives Matter group is not affiliated with the national organization.

Scott over the last month she received “a flood” of death threats along with attacks on her home, causing her to fear for her family’s safety.

“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,” Scott wrote in a Facebook post. “This is not life. And my family should not have to live that.”

Scott recently drew national attention for calling the American flag a “symbol of hatred” in a social media post on the Fourth of July and saying that anyone who flies the flag is “a racist.” The statement drew criticism from Utah Gov. Spencer Cox as well as the NAACP.

Scott did not say where she moved but said the city “is all Black” and “so beautiful.” She said she is currently interviewing for jobs and writing books.

“Please know that I will always be the loudest voice in the room when it comes to injustice,” she said. I will always be an activist no matter where I land. I will never stand for injustice and I will keep fighting,” Scott said. “I will not make headlines but I am here. Like so many of you, fighting under the radar and creating lasting change. I can change the world without the world being aware. I can touch lives. I can continue to build. And that is what I will do.”

“I love you Black Lives Matter,” she said. “Thank you for letting me lead you for so many years.”

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