“The Eyes of Texas” is a University of Texas tradition. A tradition for Houston Texans defensive end Charles Omenihu and refused to participate when he attended u-t.
“My sophomore year through my senior year, I learned the meaning of the song, and I’ve never sung after the games,” Omenihu said.
Written in 1903, the song has racist roots. It was first performed at a minstrel show.
The song was written as a satire on a favorite saying of former UT president used to use, which Texas Exes notes that he twisted Robert E. Lee quote.
The UT website says “embrace the cause of the song’s meaning today should not prevent us from seeing his “complicated” past.”
“These things have been very harrowing, very scary, the kind of thing that it is what the university stands on,” Omenihu said.
Replacement of the song is among the changes to the school athletes call their vows.
Other applications include the renaming of several buildings such as Littlefield hall and James Hogg auditorium.
The athletes say until the changes are made, they are not involved in the recruitment or donor events.
“I congratulate these guys as they meet together as brothers, and they found a way they can make a change, ” Omenihu said.
A spokesman for the school tells us that they will work with the UT community in order to create the best possible experience on our campus for black students.”
But omenihu, who is behind the athletes of 1 percent, said the action is the only acceptable solution.
“I want to do what was asked. I think that the university has spoken enough, I think that the coaches have talked about it enough,” Omenihu said.
The student-athletes at UT are also asking the university sports services to make a gift of half a percentage of its profits to civil rights organizations.
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