“The complaint reportedly alleged that Black students have been denied the full university experience because the song was an official part of that experience”
The University of Texas at Austin has an active left-wing population. They’re often in the news for something like this.
FOX News reports:
Texas students file federal civil rights complaint over school song, alleging ‘hostile environment’
Students at the University of Texas at Austin have filed a federal civil rights complaint accusing the school of creating a “hostile environment” for Black students by continuing to play the “The Eyes of Texas” alma mater song, which they argue is racist.
The NAACP’s Texas chapter, university chapter and a group of anonymous students filed the complaint Friday with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, the Texas Tribune reported Tuesday.
The complaint reportedly alleged that Black students have been denied the full university experience because the song was an official part of that experience, being played after all sporting events “despite its racially offensive origin, context and meaning.”
“The Eyes of Texas” became a source of controversy for Texas last year amid a summer of racial tension in the country. Scrutiny over the song revealed that the title was taken from a favored saying by a former school president who was mimicking Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, and the song was performed in the 1900s by musicians in blackface at minstrel shows.
During the 2020 football season, the band at one point refused to play the song and some players refused to stay out on the field while the song played. The protest sparked a wave of backlash from donors.
In January, when new head coach Steve Sarkisian was welcomed at his introductory press conference, he said the song would remain a part of the culture with him in charge.
“I know this much, ‘The Eyes of Texas’ is our school song,” Sarkisian said at the time. “We’re going to sing that song. We’re going to sing that proudly.”
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