“Since the launch of the project, however, many have come out against the change.”
These people should be told to pound sand. The answer is no.
Campus Reform reports:
Faculty, staff try to change school’s fight song ‘Yea Alabama!’
Students and faculty at the University of Alabama (UA) are attempting to remove the word “Dixie” from the Crimson Tide’s fight song “Yea Alabama!” due to its allegedly racist past.
The site features a video exploring the history of the term “Dixie” and encouraging others to join the cause.
The video explains that the dominant theory of the term’s origin is that it arose from the “Mason-Dixon line,” which was “known as the separation between the slave states and free states.” The term also, according to the video, has historical connections to racist minstrel groups, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Confederacy more broadly.
The Delete Dixie initiative also started a petition a month ago to “show the University that this issue is important and that the students, staff, faculty, and fans demand for change to happen.”
The petition asks, “Does the University of Alabama want to be remembered for its refusal to adopt change and promote the well-being of every group on campus?” and further claims that “it cannot be denied that the word is deeply associated with the ‘Old South,’ slavery, and racist imagery.”
Since the launch of the project, however, many have come out against the change.
A counter-petition was started three weeks ago attempting to defend Alabama’s fight song, amassing over 600 hundred signatures at the time of this article’s publication.
Henry Roberts, a UA student who started the petition, declares in the description that “Dixie is nothing more than a synonym for the South with the connotation of home for millions of people.”
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