Skip to comments.Boise St. star's wedding draws racist threats (Ian Johnson)
Posted on 07/26/2007 3:31:35 PM PDT by GOP_Raider
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Boise State running back who scored the winning points in the Fiesta Bowl, then proposed to his cheerleader girlfriend on national television, says he has hired security for their wedding because of racial threats.
Ian Johnson, who is black, and Chrissy Popadics, who is white, are due to be married Saturday in Boise. Since his Jan. 1 proposal, Johnson said, he has received phone calls, letters and some personal threats from people who object to their marriage plans.
"You take it for what it is - the less educated, the less willing to change," Johnson, 21, of San Dimas, Calif., told the Idaho Statesman for its Tuesday editions. "But we're not acting like we're naive to all the stuff that's going on. We know what's been said. We're going to make sure we're safe at all times. It's an amazing day for us, and we'd hate to have it ruined by someone."
"It's really sad because a lot of people that are probably doing it are the same people who were cheering me on," Johnson said.
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Gee, I thought this was 2007, not 1954. Best of luck to the newlyweds.
>>Gee, I thought this was 2007, not 1954. Best of luck to the newlyweds.<<
Amen on both!
Hard to believe this crap still happens.
This is odd— he’s more white than he is black! And a damn fine running back too.
When I first heard this story, I just figured it was a jealous ex of Ian’s trying to stop the wedding.
I had no idea he was black. I mean, in this day and age, who cares anymore?
In case you hadn’t heard.
Godspeed, with all blessings, to Ian and Chrissy.
I know for a fact that black women cannot STAND black men who marry or date white women. It’s the ultimate letdown.
Hopefully it is a crackpot who will disappear. There are so many worthy causes to protest - a happy couple getting married is not one of them.
I think they are in some instances but I'm not implying this woman doesn't love this man and is eager to marry him.
I thought this was taking place in the greenie-progressive utopian northwest --
This can't be racist attitudes in the perfect land of liberal Oz...?!?
The game was so exciting, with the lead going back and forth all night. Then he proposed on national TV - it was pretty emotional to watch.
There's a lot of people out there who still do. Troglodytes who can make lives miserable.
That's why any inter-racial couple needs to go into the relationship with their eyes wide open to the fact that there are still too many racists out there.
Cute couple, they seem very happy..
Not in Idaho. Lovely people there but it is very “white”.
Would that be according to the old "one drop rule"? That rule by the way was intended as a way of keeping the descendants of slaves fathered by whites classified as black and hence slaves themselves. He looked like he had a fairly large proportion of European ancestry. If there are anythings that qualify as races among humans, he would have to be classified as mixed race.
Hey I’m in Texas - we’re usually the ones accused of being so backward and racist.
The pickings seem to be slim.
Idaho is not like Seattle or Portland.
Umm . . . Idaho is not known as the “greenie-progressive utopian northwest.” Not yet, at least.
oh, you should see all the racist trash on the UW Huskies fansite...it is embarrassing
..I, for one, am a proud mutt..
That’s what I thought too. I’ve met a lot of racists with degrees. A piece of paper isn’t what makes or breaks a character defect.
Reminds me of the line from "Blazing Saddles":
"You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new west. You know. Morons."
Great photos...a magic moment.
LOL.....that is a great line and that movie causes me to blush : )
Lots of white supremacist enclaves in Idaho, as well. At least there used to be.
I wish the couple a life of happiness and special blessings.
(That was the most exciting college football game I’ve ever watched.)
My husband is participating in the Family Tree DNA project. It is an amazing project tracing roots.
Well...maybe Ketchum-Sun Valley. But I don't consider them part of Idaho...at least not like Challis, Mackay, Salmon, or Leadore.
LOL!! Very good.
I used to go there for Christmas vacation, never saw so many celebs in my life.
It is amazing...and, in reality, the place doesn’t reek with leftist nonsense...at least not in the Aspen, Co. sense.
We have friends who live in Ketchum and we are only a 3-hour drive so we visit fairly often. I like the place...thre are still a bunch of kind of funky, un-pretentious shops, bars, and cafes.
Not too much different than planning a trip to downstate Illinois thinking that it’s just like Chicago.
Man I feel old... you both look like teenagers! lol
I have a Boise State tee shirt that I wear down in Arizona where I work and every time I wear the thing someone makes a comment about the game.
I can imagine the difference.
I literally walked past Babs Streisand in Sun Valley. I decided to be nice and not say what was on my mind.
“we are all mixed race.. the whole concept of being 100% something is bogus..”
I’m 100% American which should be all that matters.
but it does. And it can be subtle yet still thoughtless.
I know how you feel. I saw Ted Turner not too long ago. He was here checking on his buffalo ranch (he calls them ‘bison’, Ha Ha). We were at the same event for about an hour, and my tongue was shredded from my biting it for so long. Same thing happened with Tiny Tom Daschle. I had real problems trying to be civil to him. I tried and failed. Oh, well.
Father went all the way through high school being taught in German by Roman Catholic nuns and mother is almost 100% Native American. I look as “white” as a slice of Wonder Bread except I “tan” a very deep red. Race just doesn’t matter to me. It’s character that counts. I have relatives in Georgia that are die-hard racists and Idaho is home to the Aryan Nations bunch as well as the Sword & Arm of the Lord crowd