As an alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin, I have taken particular interest in the recent demands made of the administration by elements of the athletic department, primarily the football team that has marched on the state capitol and conducted various press conferences and social media rants. The demands are of the usual sort having to do with “systemic racism” on the campus and in the athletic department, but includes a unique one–to do away with the University’s school song, “The Eyes of Texas”, because of its alleged racial undertones!
In response to these demands I have written the President and the Director of Athletics, and I thought you might have interest in the letter. If you happen to be a UT alumnus or supporter, you might have interest in dropping them a line as well; if so, I can supply the addresses.
Here’s the letter:
“It is very disturbing to me and many others who are loyal to UT to find several elements of our athletic department buying into many of the false narratives and overreaction to the events sparked in Minnesota by the heinous crime committed by the Minneapolis police. The students making various demands of UT are to be commended for their initiative, but unfortunately they are listening to the wrong leadership sources and that is a failure on our part because we have obviously failed to provide them with the education that they deserve, particularly in history and American founding principles.
Far too many of our kids are filling this void by listening to the Black Lives Matter message, which is an extreme left-wing anarchist movement completely antithetical to our founding and a corruption of our history, particularly as it pertains to the history of slavery. Again, our fault, but one that we should use this teaching opportunity to correct, and there are plenty of reliable sources that could help with this effort.
It is my hope that this will be your primary response to the demands that have been made and stop the nonsense before it becomes truly dangerous to the mission of the University.”