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Boise St. star's wedding draws racist threats (Ian Johnson)
Fox Sports ^ | 25 July 2007 | Unattributed

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at msn.foxsports.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: boisestate; ianjohnson; idaho
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1 posted on 07/26/2007 3:31:39 PM PDT by GOP_Raider
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To: Chief Engineer; Delphinium; EternalVigilance; Keyes2000mt; Sir_Ed; Knitting A Conundrum; ...
The FR Idaho Ping List
FReepmail GOP_Raider to be on or off this list
Oh, yeah and there's also the FR College Football Ping List!
FReepmail GOP_Raider to be on or off this list also.

2 posted on 07/26/2007 3:35:30 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (Your one stop shop for all your useless information needs.)
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To: GOP_Raider

Gee, I thought this was 2007, not 1954. Best of luck to the newlyweds.


3 posted on 07/26/2007 3:37:58 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Rudy, Mayor of Sanctuary City)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

>>Gee, I thought this was 2007, not 1954. Best of luck to the newlyweds.<<

Amen on both!


4 posted on 07/26/2007 3:39:08 PM PDT by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time.)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Hard to believe this crap still happens.


5 posted on 07/26/2007 3:40:31 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: GOP_Raider

This is odd— he’s more white than he is black! And a damn fine running back too.


6 posted on 07/26/2007 3:41:21 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

When I first heard this story, I just figured it was a jealous ex of Ian’s trying to stop the wedding.


7 posted on 07/26/2007 3:41:38 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (Your one stop shop for all your useless information needs.)
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To: GOP_Raider

I had no idea he was black. I mean, in this day and age, who cares anymore?


8 posted on 07/26/2007 3:42:12 PM PDT by Paradox (They're simply playing all of us, all of them.)
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To: MarkeyD

In case you hadn’t heard.


9 posted on 07/26/2007 3:42:17 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (Your one stop shop for all your useless information needs.)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Godspeed, with all blessings, to Ian and Chrissy.


10 posted on 07/26/2007 3:43:05 PM PDT by Christian4Bush ("Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech." Hold a hearing on that.)
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To: doc1019

I know for a fact that black women cannot STAND black men who marry or date white women. It’s the ultimate letdown.


11 posted on 07/26/2007 3:43:12 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: GOP_Raider

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.


12 posted on 07/26/2007 3:43:24 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Rudy, Mayor of Sanctuary City)
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To: GOP_Raider
Do you think white girls/women are pressured by the political correct society to accept dates and marriage proposals by men of different races for fear of being called and labeled racist and bigots?

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.

13 posted on 07/26/2007 3:43:52 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Paradox
The only people who really care and judge what race someone is anymore are leftists who like to put everyone in their little box and make them victims so they can ‘ride in and save the day’....
14 posted on 07/26/2007 3:43:58 PM PDT by mnehring (Ron Paul is as much of a Constitutionalist as Fred Phelps is a Christian)
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To: GOP_Raider


15 posted on 07/26/2007 3:44:40 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

16 posted on 07/26/2007 3:44:43 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Gee, I thought this was 2007, not 1954. Best of luck to the newlyweds.

I thought this was taking place in the greenie-progressive utopian northwest --

I mean....

This can't be racist attitudes in the perfect land of liberal Oz...?!?

17 posted on 07/26/2007 3:44:57 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: netmilsmom

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.


18 posted on 07/26/2007 3:45:05 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Rudy, Mayor of Sanctuary City)
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To: GOP_Raider
You take it for what it is - the less educated, the less willing to change,” Johnson, 21, of San Dimas, Calif
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Plenty of educated people are racists.
19 posted on 07/26/2007 3:45:07 PM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: Paradox
I had no idea he was black. I mean, in this day and age, who cares anymore

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.

20 posted on 07/26/2007 3:45:24 PM PDT by jude24 (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: BurbankKarl

Cute couple, they seem very happy..


21 posted on 07/26/2007 3:45:45 PM PDT by mnehring (Ron Paul is as much of a Constitutionalist as Fred Phelps is a Christian)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Not in Idaho. Lovely people there but it is very “white”.


22 posted on 07/26/2007 3:46:02 PM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: GOP_Raider
Ian Johnson, who is black, and Chrissy Popadics, who is white, are due to be married Saturday in Boise.

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.

23 posted on 07/26/2007 3:46:19 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Wings-n-Wind

Hey I’m in Texas - we’re usually the ones accused of being so backward and racist.


24 posted on 07/26/2007 3:46:19 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Rudy, Mayor of Sanctuary City)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
I know for a fact that black women cannot STAND black men who marry or date white women

The pickings seem to be slim.


25 posted on 07/26/2007 3:46:34 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: BurbankKarl
Here is another one. She is a cutie allright!


26 posted on 07/26/2007 3:46:59 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("The military Mission has long since been accomplished" -- Harry Reid, April 23, 2007)
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To: Wings-n-Wind

Idaho is not like Seattle or Portland.


27 posted on 07/26/2007 3:47:08 PM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: Wings-n-Wind

Umm . . . Idaho is not known as the “greenie-progressive utopian northwest.” Not yet, at least.


28 posted on 07/26/2007 3:47:11 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Wings-n-Wind

oh, you should see all the racist trash on the UW Huskies fansite...it is embarrassing


29 posted on 07/26/2007 3:47:38 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Paleo Conservative
Little secret.. shhhh don’t tell the liberals or stormfronters.. we are all mixed race.. the whole concept of being 100% something is bogus..

..I, for one, am a proud mutt..

30 posted on 07/26/2007 3:48:34 PM PDT by mnehring (Ron Paul is as much of a Constitutionalist as Fred Phelps is a Christian)
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine

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.


31 posted on 07/26/2007 3:49:24 PM PDT by digitalbrownshirt (http://digitalbrownshirt.blogspot.com)
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine
Not in Idaho. Lovely people there but it is very “white”.

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."

32 posted on 07/26/2007 3:49:48 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: BurbankKarl

Great photos...a magic moment.


33 posted on 07/26/2007 3:51:01 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: dfwgator

LOL.....that is a great line and that movie causes me to blush : )


34 posted on 07/26/2007 3:51:59 PM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine

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.)


35 posted on 07/26/2007 3:52:55 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: mnehrling

My husband is participating in the Family Tree DNA project. It is an amazing project tracing roots.


36 posted on 07/26/2007 3:53:04 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Rudy, Mayor of Sanctuary City)
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To: 1rudeboy
Umm . . . Idaho is not known as the “greenie-progressive utopian northwest.” Not yet, at least.

Well...maybe Ketchum-Sun Valley. But I don't consider them part of Idaho...at least not like Challis, Mackay, Salmon, or Leadore.

37 posted on 07/26/2007 3:53:42 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: dfwgator

LOL!! Very good.


38 posted on 07/26/2007 3:55:04 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: Cuttnhorse
Well...maybe Ketchum-Sun Valley.

I used to go there for Christmas vacation, never saw so many celebs in my life.

39 posted on 07/26/2007 3:55:39 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
To prove how small the world really is, my brother (who is a student at BSU, pictured here, to his older brother's right had a class with Chrissy--I think it was business statistics, I can't remember off the top of my head. But from what he told me, pictures don't do her justice.
40 posted on 07/26/2007 3:56:38 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (Your one stop shop for all your useless information needs.)
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To: dfwgator

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.

Cheers,


41 posted on 07/26/2007 3:59:27 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: Cuttnhorse

Not too much different than planning a trip to downstate Illinois thinking that it’s just like Chicago.


42 posted on 07/26/2007 4:00:33 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: GOP_Raider

Man I feel old... you both look like teenagers! lol


43 posted on 07/26/2007 4:00:55 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Rudy, Mayor of Sanctuary City)
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To: Rushmore Rocks
(That was the most exciting college football game I’ve ever watched.)

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.

44 posted on 07/26/2007 4:03:44 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: 1rudeboy

I can imagine the difference.


45 posted on 07/26/2007 4:04:56 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: Cuttnhorse

I literally walked past Babs Streisand in Sun Valley. I decided to be nice and not say what was on my mind.


46 posted on 07/26/2007 4:05:48 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: mnehrling

“we are all mixed race.. the whole concept of being 100% something is bogus..”

I’m 100% American which should be all that matters.


47 posted on 07/26/2007 4:12:08 PM PDT by driftdiver
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To: doc1019

but it does. And it can be subtle yet still thoughtless.
see
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/femail/article.html?in_article_id=467787&in_page_id=1879


48 posted on 07/26/2007 4:17:48 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: dfwgator

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.


49 posted on 07/26/2007 4:35:08 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: GOP_Raider

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


50 posted on 07/26/2007 4:40:06 PM PDT by GravityFree (Death is not the end, nor the beginning of the end, but only the end of the beginning.)
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