Clarence E. Hill Jr.: UT shouldn’t force athletes to sing controversial song ‘The Eyes of Texas’

The University of Texas later this week is hoping to put some finality to the lingering controversy surrounding the school song, “The Eyes of Texas.” A committee that was commissioned by the school is expected to release its report on the song. At issue is the history of the song, whose words were coined by Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and whose origins came from Black-faced minstrel shows and whose tune was taken from the racist “Levee Song.” “Equipped with a common set of facts, we will then continue the conversation about our song,” Texas President Jay Hartzell said last week. “Having…

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