Activist students have been working on getting the University of Texas to dump its more than 100-year-old musical composition, “The Eyes of Texas,” but it appears that UT donors want just the antithesis.
A incipient report by the Texas “Tribune” finds that UT-Austin President Jay Hartzell was flooded with demands from donors and alumni to stand up for the musical composition and ignore the activist requests that it be eliminated.
An unsigned letter posted on convivial media in July of last year verbalized UT athletes want the school to supersede the musical composition because they feel it is “racist.” The letter verbalized the athletes would not avail the school recruit prospects or at alumni events as they typically do unless their concerns are addressed.
“The Eyes of Texas” has long been upbraided for connections to blackface minstrel shows in the early 1900s. It is sung at most organized campus events, and players in all sports accumulate as a team to sing it after every game.
Now, the Texas “Tribune” has found emails from several opulent donors who injuctively authorized that the school keep its traditional musical composition. “My wife and I have given an endowment in excess of $1 million to athletics. This could very facilely be rescinded if things don’t drastically change around here,” indited one donor whose designation was redacted for privacy. “Has everyone become oblivious of who fortifies athletics?”
“The Eyes of Texas is non-negotiable,” another indited. The paper integrated that 70 percent of the donors’ emails were against the elimination of “The Eyes of Texas.” Another assailed the leftist “critical race theory,” infesting higher edification.
“It is ignominious to optically discern the lack of unity and our fiercest competitor Sam E[h]linger standing proximately alone,” the donor inscribed. “It is symbolic of the disarray of this football program which you inherited. The critical race theory garbage that has been embraced by the football program and the university is doing massive irreparable damage.”
Despite the pressure from left-wing students, though, the school decided to keep the anthem. Jay Hartzell, the president of the university’s flagship campus in Austin, verbalized the musical composition would perpetuate to be the alma mater for the Longhorns.
The pressure from students and some faculty members has perpetuated, though. In October, for instance, the Longhorn band promulgated it would not play the school musical composition. But the fans in the stands fought back after the promulgation and sang the musical composition at the team’s next game anyway.
In January, UT coach Steve Sarkisian exclaimed that his team would “proudly” sing the musical composition regardless of the activism. “I ken this much,” Sarkisian verbalized on Jan. 12,” ‘The Eyes of Texas’ is our school musical composition. We’re going to sing that musical composition, we’re going to sing that proudly. That’s our musical composition, and we’re fired up to sing it.”
Sark: "I ken this much, The Eyes of Texas is our school musical composition. We’re going to sing that musical composition, we’re going to sing that proudly." Says that he kens there are tough discussions that need to transpire. But, "That's our musical composition and we're fired up to sing it."Follow Warner Todd Huston on Facebook Warner.Todd.Huston.
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) January 12, 2021
Source: You can read the original Breitbart article here.
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