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Black Lives Matter Utah chapter president steps down, moving out of state; cites death threats

Posted at 8:27 AM, Aug 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-09 16:30:01-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The president of the Utah chapter of Black Lives Matter has stepped down and is leaving the state.

Lex Scott says she's been looking to move for a year, while training her replacement Rae Duckworth.

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This comes after Scott was criticized for calling the American flag a "symbol of hatred."

The Utah chapter of the NAACP released a statement rejecting that message.

Scott cited death threats and threats against her family as the main motivator for her decision to resign and leave Utah.

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In a tearful video statement on social media, Scott recalled how she and her husband moved their daughter's bedroom to the back of their house because they were afraid someone would throw a pipe bomb through through the window.

"Everywhere we went we had to make sure we had guns," Scott said. "We had to put up extra cameras and extra alarm systems."

Scott did not reveal where she and her family moved but described it as "an all Black city."

"It's a beautiful thing... it feels good to be surrounded by my people," Scott said.