‘Woke’ Students Sue UT-Austin To Force School To Stop Playing ‘The Eyes Of Texas’ Song
Some students at UT-Austin are suing the school for playing the song and are claiming the school violates students' equal protection rights.
A group of “woke” liberal students at the University of Texas at Austin have filed a lawsuit against the school for creating a “hostile environment” by forcing members of its marching band to play in a separate group because they are refusing to play “The Eyes Of Texas” at football games.
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Students File Lawsuit To Ban ‘The Eyes Of Texas
Daily Mail reported that “The Eyes Of Texas” has been dubbed offensive by these students because it was first performed in 1903 at minstrel shows, which featured white performers in black face.
In the wake of the death of George Floyd last summer, some “woke” students at the Texas university began trying to get the song banned from football games.
The school, however, has defiantly stood by the song, saying that it has “no racist intent” and that it “remains our alma mater.”
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An anonymous group of students at UT-Austin teamed up with the Texas chapter of the NAACP to file a lawsuit on Friday with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.
In the suit, they claimed that the school failed to respond to the harassment of black students who are against the song.
While students in the Longhorn band are required to play “The Eyes Of Texas,” some refused to do so last fall.
They were then placed in a separate section of the band from those who would play the song.
In the lawsuit, it was claimed that the university is violating the equal protection rights of students by placing them in a new section for not following the rules, according to the Texas Tribune.
“As black students, we kind of feel as if it’s not like our voices are heard,” lamented Al-Nasser Lawal, a senior at UT-Austin and the president of the school NAACP.
— Lena Blietz (@LenaBlietz) September 4, 2021
Wealthy UT-Austin Donors Fire Back
Some wealthy donors at UT-Austin have fired back by saying that they will no longer give money to the school if the school does not stand by the song.
“My wife and I have given an endowment in excess of $1 million to athletics,” said one unidentified donor. “This could very easily be rescinded if things don’t drastically change around here.”
Lawal, who is leading the charge in this lawsuit, responded to this by saying, “The main objective of the administration and the campus is just to appease their wealthy donors so that they can continue to get that funding, and that they don’t really have our best interests at heart.”
Committee Finds Song Had ‘No Racist Intent’
Last year, UT-Austin President Jay Hartzell announced a committee had been put together to look into the origins of “The Eyes Of Texas,” and it was headed by Richard Reddick, a black education professor and the associate dean for equity, community engagement, and outreach.
The committee concluded that the song had “no racist intent,” and was instead meant “to parody the famous phrases of the university president,” William L. Prather.
“The history of “The Eyes of Texas” mirrors the history of the United States, Texas, The University of Texas at Austin as well as its band and sports teams. This complexity creates an opportunity for continued learning, sharing and understanding,” states a summary of the committee’s findings.
UT-Austin football coach Steve Sarkisian has also stood by the song, saying earlier this year, “‘The Eyes of Texas’ is our school song. We’re going to sing that song. We’re going to sing that proudly.”
This is yet another sad example of how out of control cancel culture is in this country, particularly on college campuses.
The goal of these “woke” liberals is to ruin everyone else’s fun and to erase as much history as they possibly can.
We can only hope that UT-Austin continues to stay strong and stand by “The Eyes Of Texas.” It would be a shame to see it become yet another victim of cancel culture.