TX: UT students file federal civil rights complaint over school song, alleging “hostile environment”

Source: Fox News

“Students at the University of Texas at Austin have filed a federal civil rights complaint accusing the school of creating a ‘hostile environment’ for [b]lack students by continuing to play the ‘The Eyes of Texas’ alma mater song, which they argue is racist. The NAACP’s Texas chapter, university chapter and a group of anonymous students filed the complaint Friday with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, the Texas Tribune reported Tuesday. The complaint reportedly alleged that [b]lack students have been denied the full university experience because the song was an official part of that experience, being played after all sporting events ‘despite its racially offensive origin, context and meaning.’ … the title was taken from a favored saying by a former school president who was mimicking Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, and the song was performed in the 1900s by musicians in blackface at minstrel shows.” (09/07/21)