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"> LDS Hispanics discriminated against in Provo, instructor claims
(BYU) Newsnet 12Jan00 D2
By Lois Hassell: NewsNet Staff Writer

Jessie Embry, noted author and history instructor at Brigham Young University, spoke Tuesday, January 12, before the Utah Valley Chapter of the Utah State Historical Society. As the assistant director of the Charles Redd Center, Embry took many of her remarks from a study the center conducted about discrimination among LDS Hispanics.

"We must have understanding on the local level, on a person to person basis," said Embry. Three of Embry's five books deal primarily with minority relations. Newcomers in the BYU area voiced concern over never being discriminated against until they came to Provo. "I served my mission in Brazil, and felt that people there have a lot of misconceptions as far as what BYU and Provo are, they glamorize it to a large degree," said Michael Bonny, a senior from Oregon, majoring in history at BYU, who was in attendance at the meeting.

Embry reported that 25 percent of church congregations in Utah will be Spanish speaking by 2050. "We should work on learning about other people, and avoid even passive prejudices," Embry said. The discrimination study received funding from the Utah Humanities Council, which promotes history, heritage, books, reading and public discussions of importance to the communities.


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