Is Anyone Surprised About The Longhorns Decision?
In college athletics, it's always easiest to follow the money. Just like Robert Redford trying to take down Richard Nixon, you might not know where it's leading, but you have to follow the money.
The University of Texas has been looking into "The Eyes of Texas," for months now and have concluded that the song has no racist intent and will remain the school's alma mater. The University announced this in a 59-page report, but they could have condensed the report to a single sentence, "We're singing the song because if we don't our donors will stop donating."
That didn't stop the committee made up of students, faculty, alumni, and historians from digging into the song for months and reaching this conclusion, "These historical facts add complexity and richness to the story of a song that debuted in a racist setting, exceedingly common for the time, but, as the preponderance of research showed, had no racist intent," the report states. "'The Eyes of Texas' should not only unite us, but hold all of us accountable to our institution's core values."
One point on the findings, it doesn't make sense to me that "facts" and "intent" are being used in the same sentence defending the ruling. Isn't intent an opinion? That's really unrelated to my overall point though. My point is simple math. If five million dollar donors want the song to be sung after games, and 100 student-athletes that won't be here more than three seasons don't want to sing the song, what's more important? We have seen clear as day what's more important to the University of Texas.
The bottom line is that the song nor the student-athlete's concerns never mattered, the Longhorns just followed the money.
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