Report: Texas University finds school song has no “racist intent”
A University of Texas at Austin report will find on Tuesday that a controversial school song does not have any racist intent, according to a report from Texas Monthly.
UT Austin athletes announced last summer that they would not take part in fundraising events or recruit incoming players if the school doesn’t honor some of their requests that would address the school’s racist history, including the use of the song “The Eyes of Texas.”
According to Texas Monthly, the athletes wanted the song to be replaced “with a song without racial undertones,” according to Texas Monthly.
“‘The Eyes of Texas’ should not only unite us, but hold all of us accountable to our institution’s core values. But we first must own the history,” UT president Jay Hartzell told the publication.
Hartzell created a committee consisting of historians, current and former students and former athletes last November to look at the song’s history, which was originally performed at minstrel shows where white performers would wear blackface.
According to Texas Monthly, the committee’s report will show no “racist intent” in the song’s lyrics.
Clarence Hill Jr., senior sportswriter for Fort Worth Star-Telegram, appeared on Start Your Day with Sharon + Mike on Monday to discuss the controversy.
“You can’t put the genie back in the bottle,” Hill Jr. said of the discovery of the racial undertones of the song. “We know what the song is about now and it’s wrong.”