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Some Members of U.Texas-Austin Marching Band Refuse to Play ‘Eyes of Texas’ Claiming it’s Racist

Some Members of U.Texas-Austin Marching Band Refuse to Play ‘Eyes of Texas’ Claiming it’s Racist

“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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This one time, at band camp, I acted like a SJW douche-bag, and they kicked me out of band.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Paul. | August 23, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    These snivelers should be tossed out of the college band. I am so sick to death of this stuff…!

This is our Education Industry at work, indoctrinating our kids in Critical Theory.

    Yes. Though, honestly, it’s so dang pervasive now, they get it from the media, from entertainment (BIRM), from their peers, from everywhere. The education establishment doesn’t have to push it now.

They don’t want to play? They don’t have to. Pull their scholarship and kick them out of the band. There are plenty of others who will play for an education.

The ones kicked out of the band will also get an education of a different kind. Life is tough.

If Ally Morales and Judson Hayden can’t support the band, then they need to resign and make way for people who can. Note that they expect everyone to compromise their own beliefs and desires for what they want.

These children need to learn that the race card has been played so often, and for so little reason, that it no longer has any meaning.

Kick them out.

“if removing out alma mater”

“alma mater:a school, college, or university which one has attended or from which one has graduated”

first off they haven’t graduated, ergo they don’t even have an alma mater.
second, how do they plan to ‘remove it’?
these kids are so dumb, they don’t even understand what they’re saying.

    The SJWs did get this one right. “Alma mater” can also refer to the official song for a school. Many schools will have a fight song as well as an Alma Mater song. Notre Dame, for example, has the Victory March (“Cheer Cheer for Old Notre Dame”) as well as “Notre Dame, Our Mother” (which is literally what “Notre Dame” means) as the Alma Mater song.

    UT has “Texas Fight” and “The Eyes of Texas”.

      Geologist in reply to p1cunnin. | August 24, 2020 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks, p1cunnin, saved me having to correct this. I hate to say that the SJW got it right, but as a member of the school band, she probably knows that secondary meaning of “alma mater.”

If these students really believe their school song is racist, maybe they should just drop out.

Also, the entire “reasoning” for this being racist is “it was performed at a minstrel show.” That’s it. By that standard almost every song in the country should be banned – particularly all those written before 1945. Expect rebellion if you go that route.


I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. Both of my parents graduated from UT. While I was an undergraduate there, I attended a talk by Miss Ima Hogg in Hogg Auditorium. It was so called because Hogg family money helped pay for it. She was a respected and substantial donor to The University (as it was known then). She reflected on the origins of the school song. Back then, alma mater, referred to the school from which someone had graduated, not the recent usage of Alma Mater (capitalized) to refer to the school song. She said that the president of UT, one William Prather, had addressed the students to reprove them of indiscrete behavior. He had ended his talk with the admonition that “the eyes of Texas are upon you.” The irreverent, partying students then made that phrase part of a song to tease the stuffy president. The song, sung to the tune of “I’ve been working on the railroad”, was a great hit and became the school’s song. Far from being offended, Prather loved it. It was even performed at his funeral a few years later.

My take on the attempt to portray the song as racist? It would take dedicated effort by a racist who is obsessed with seeing everything in racist terms to try to impose this false narrative. It would also take a Marxist loon to try to inflate and impose this narrative to help destroy the reputation of a university of the, at least formerly, first order.

If you are not with the band then you are either the conductor or a soloist… or a poser.

Let’s take a look at those scholarships and see if there are special exemptions.