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Politics Utah Councilman Apologizes for Saying the Left Wants Everyone to Be Bisexual

04:16  07 march  2021
04:16  07 march  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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A Salt Lake County Councilman has apologised for a message posted to Facebook in which he claimed the "left" won't be happy until we all have "light brown skin," there are "no males, no females" and everyone is "bisexual."

a large building: The Salt Lake City and County Building in Utah, United States. David Alvord was elected to the council to represent District 2 in November. © Leonid Andronov/iStock The Salt Lake City and County Building in Utah, United States. David Alvord was elected to the council to represent District 2 in November.

In the post, David Alvord, the former mayor of South Jordan, Utah, took aim at the "equity movement" in apparent reference to the Democrat's embrace of the concept of "equity" since President Biden came to office.

The post, which was visible to the public for nearly three hours stated: "The left won't be happy until we each have light brown skin, exactly alike," and "until there are no males, no females."

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"They won't be happy until we are all bi-sexual and in non-committed relationships... until we have no children, and simply have new humans arrive in labs and immediately put into a school for collectivism and indoctrination."

It concluded: "Not to say they haven't done some good things in the past, but this equity movement if taken to its logical conclusion will ruin life for everyone."

Alvord said he changed the post's visibility from public to "friends only" after it attracted attention. The post is no longer visible.

After adding a post in defence of his comments Wednesday, which he then removed, Alvord issued an apology Thursday.

"Social media is a place for ideas and conversation," he wrote. "My post was meant to engage discussion about where 'cancel culture' is heading, which I believe has a dangerous destination. The examples I came up with were simply hyperbole meant to illustrate why cancel culture is problematic.

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"I recognize that as an elected official, words take on extra meaning and significance. I would like to apologize for any who misunderstood my intentions."

President Biden has made the concept of "equity"—or equality of outcome—central to his nascent policy agenda since taking office.

"I'm also very concerned about this idea that we have to have equality of outcome, or in other words equity," Alvord said in a text message to The Salt Lake Tribune. "I think we all agree that a quality of opportunity and equal protection under the law is sacrosanct."

After being elected in November, Alvord asked Democratic members to "stay open-minded and flexible" when working with their Republican counterparts.

However, his message, which states "at some point, we have to live our lives and tune them out," referring to "the left," was criticised by Democratic colleagues.

Jim Bradley, the longest-service member of the council, questioned the intention of the message.

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"I'm not sure what would rouse him enough to post a post like this. What message is he trying to send?" he told The Salt Lake Tribune. "What audience is he talking to?"

Newsweek has contacted Alvord for comment.

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