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Letter: Keep speaking out, Donovan Mitchell. Utah needs you.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is shown on Mar. 26, 2021 at Vivint Arena.

Thank you, Donovan Mitchell, for speaking out. Thank you for making your voice heard. It is so important for athletes and celebrities to be activists and to try to make the world a better place, since they have access to a “megaphone” where their voices reach far and wide. Yes, you have every right to speak out. (And where was the backlash when Paris Hilton was invited to speak to our Legislature?)

You have tried to reach out to the members of the Utah Legislature for a discussion on critical race theory and you were rebuffed and not included in the discussion, yet how dare Sen. President Adams say, “very popular sports stars like that are pushing back ... we’ve got work to do to try and educate them.” What hubris.

Why is “the education” only one-sided? Why can’t the Republican majority be open to listening to other points of view? Our senate is actually trying to model parts of our students’ education on Mississippi’s mandate.

Mr. Mitchell, we definitely need and want your voice to speak out in Utah. Please help us grow and become people who are proud to be Utahns. Your message is important and needs to be heard and because you are in Utah, what you say is making national and international news.

“One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it can change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world.” (Barack Obama)

Helene Cuomo, Salt Lake City

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