Campus Reform reported that a number of members of the University of Texas at Austin marching band will no longer play “The Eyes of Texas.” They justified this action by claiming that the song is racist.
Ally Morales, the Longhorn Band’s drum major, vowed to no longer play the song once she learned about 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 stated, according to a report from 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.”
The Daily Texan reported that saxophone player Judson Hayden joined Morales in standing up against this song. Hayden founded an organization called LHBlacks as a way to support the marching band’s Black members. None of the group’s 11 members plan on playing the song. Similarly, at least four of the band’s 49 section leaders will not play the song.
That said, there is some opposition to removing this song. Drumline section leader Alex Shah, who is the recipient of alumni-funded scholarships, is concerned that getting rid of this song would result in a loss of alumni funding towards UT’s music program.
“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 remarked.
On the other hand, J.B. Bird, a UT spokesperson, told The Daily Texan that the potential loss of donor backing was not a major factor in maintaining the song.
“‘The Eyes of Texas,’ in its current form, will continue to be our alma mater. Aspects of its origin, whether previously widely known or unknown, have created a rift in how the song is understood and celebrated, and that must be fixed,” UT Austin’s Interim President Jay Hartzell declared in a July statement. “It is my belief that we can effectively reclaim and redefine what this song stands for by first owning and acknowledging its history in a way that is open and transparent.”
Jordan Clements, an undergraduate student at the University of Texas, told Campus Reform that the song is a fixture of UT history and the recent attempts to erase it represent an egregious form of revisionist history on the activists’s part.
“Every time I sing that song, I get warm feelings knowing that fifty years ago my late grandfather sang the same song at his games,” he commented.
Julie Flowers, a formed UT student, told The Daily Texan that if the song is discarded, she “would not feel the same as an alumnus of the school.” She is of the opinion that the song’s current form is not racist.
The university has decided to build a statue of Julius Whittier, the school’s first black football letterman, instead of erasing its history. In addition, the university will rename its football stadium after star running backs Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams, who both won Heisman Trophy trophies and received Pro-Bowl accolades in the NFL.
Back in June, Campus Reform reported that UT Austin football players were also demanding that the school get rid of “The Eyes of Texas,” take 0.5 percent of athletics revenue and send it to Black Lives Matter, and establish “racial injustice awareness” module. If the university doesnot go about making any significant changes, the athletes would not be “participating in the recruiting of incoming players or donor-related events.”
The radical Left saturnalia sweeping across the nation is sparing no university, which are already incubators of leftist ideas. If the Right doesn’t start taking a stronger stand on these issues, we could be witnessing unprecedented efforts to completely destroy American history within the next decade.
Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation
Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.
If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.
Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional.
AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.
In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.
At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”
In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.”
Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”
According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”
When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”
Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.
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