(TargetLiberty.org) – On Monday, the University of Texas said it’s going to work to make Black students feel “more welcome” on its campus – but refused to give in to demands that it change its school’s song, despite protests from many athletes. The controversial song, “The Eyes Of Texas,” has been sung at UT sporting and social events since 1903.
The song is sung to the tune of “I’ve Been Working On The Railroad,” and was written in 1903 to poke fun at the university’s then-president. There is nothing in its lyrics that could possibly be interpreted as racist. The problem seems to be that it’s a performance at a minstrel show in support of the 1903 UT track team.
Own, acknowledge and teach about all aspects of the origins of “The Eyes of Texas” as we continue to sing it moving forward with a redefined vision that unites our community
— UT Austin (@UTAustin) July 13, 2020
The university now says it will “own, acknowledge and teach” about the song’s origins, but in a rare display of academic backbone, it isn’t planning to scrap it to appease the mob.
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