“I am concerned that it’s going to upset a lot of the alumni and it’s going to come back to bite us later on”
If these students really believe their school song is racist, maybe they should just drop out.
Campus Reform reports:
UT band members refuse to play ‘The Eyes of Texas,’ citing racist history
Several members of the University of Texas-Austin marching band will refuse to play “The Eyes of Texas,” over claims that the song is racist.
Ally Morales, the Longhorn Band’s drum major, said she will not play the song after learning of its history.
“It’s not ultimately about the song, it’s about ingrained, institutionalized racism that frankly, in invisible form, takes the image of a school song,” she said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “Removing our alma mater is the first step to realizing the oppression that the Black students face on campus and off-campus.”
According to The Daily Texan, Morales is joined by saxophone player Judson Hayden, who founded an organization called LHBlacks to support the marching band’s Black members. None of the group’s 11 members will play the song, nor will at least four of the band’s 49 section leaders.
Some students oppose removing the song. Drumline section leader Alex Shah, who receives alumni-funded scholarships, worries that the removal of the song would reduce alumni support of the university.
“I am concerned that it’s going to upset a lot of the alumni and it’s going to come back to bite us later on,” Shah said.
However, J.B. Bird, a spokesperson for UT, told The Daily Texan that the fear of losing donor support was not a contributing factor in the decision to keep the song as its alma mater.
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