The Texas Tribune says tensions of a plaque with the lyrics to “The Eyes of Texas” in the University of Texas at Austin’s Admissions Welcome Center have been boiling for a year, but it’s making news now because 1) students who give tours of the campus are refusing to work, and 2) a man with a gun showed up in a student-run Zoom meeting.

Kate McGee writes:

The dustup over the plaque is the latest example of UT-Austin officials standing by “The Eyes” over pleas that the university distance itself from the alma mater song because it originated at a minstrel show where students likely wore Blackface.

“I think this is the tip of the iceberg honestly,” [senior Kendall] Walker said. “This is the beginning of it and people resisting that decision and not accepting a committee of people deem[ing] the song isn’t racist. There’s a whole generation of students and minority students that are equally and more mad than we are and don’t want to enter a space that predetermined their opinions don’t matter.”

Members of the Texas Black Legislative Caucus and state NAACP chapters have also condemned the song. After UT-Austin released its report in early March, Black student leaders submitted a new list of demands for more scholarships, affordable student housing and increased wages for student workers to improve the experience of Black students on campus.

Also, nearly 180 faculty members have signed a petition saying they won’t attend commencement or any other events where the song will be played.

We would have like to have more of that too, seeing as the debacle of calling “The Star-Spangled Banner” racist led people to vandalize the state of Francis Scott Key. From the story: “Last week, the Texas Orange Jackets hosted an online Zoom conversation with professor Alberto Martinez about his report on the song, which identified links to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.”

We asked Justin Trudeau, Ralph Northam, Joy Behar, and Jimmy Kimmell what they thought of the song being performed in blackface, but they were all too busy with the jobs they managed to keep to answer.

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