University of Alabama Faced With Woke Attempt to Remove a Word from its Infamous Fight Song

America is becoming more woke. It's so woke that the modern concept of inclusion is thriving in Alabama. In the end, the state's university might see a change in its fabled longtime fight song.

On the 29th of September, a website called Delete Dixie was launched. Its goal is to remove the word “dixie” and thus include people who most likely aren’t included because of the term.

From the “What is DDI” section:

The Delete Dixie Initiative is a coalition of students, faculty, and friends who wish to create a more inclusive campus culture. Our mission is to remove the word, “Dixie,” from the [University of Alabama] Fight Song (“Yea Alabama”) and replace it with a more appropriate term, such as “Bama.”

The site references history:

Throughout American history, the term “Dixie” has been used in a direct or indirect reference to the Confederacy and the institution of slavery. One of the most well-known uses of the term comes from the 1859 song, “Dixie.” The song was first performed by a minstrel group, a group of white performers dressed in blackface. The performance was intended to represent a freed Black slave longing to return to the plantation of his birth.

“Soon after,” the page states, “the song became wildly popular in the south and was used as a Confederate war song.”

In fact, after Jefferson Davis took his oath of office to serve as the president of the Confederacy, the band played “Dixie.” The term “Dixie” grew in popularity between the 1860s-1900s, often used in tandem with the Confederate flag, Ku Klux Klan groups, and other racially insensitive iconography. This was only the beginning.

“We are not the pride of ‘Dixie,’ or of the ‘Old South,’ but instead, the pride of the state of Alabama,” the group claims.

As reported by the student paper, The Crimson White, U of A did not have a fight song before 1926. The year before, the university comedy publication Rammer Jammer held a contest which allowed people to submit entries. Crimson White editor Ethelred Skyes was the winner. He donated the prize so that an arrangement could be made on behalf of the university's Million Dollar Band. The band then performed the tune in the 1926 football season. The lyrics were influenced by the 1925 season as well as the 1926 Rose Bowl:

Yea, Alabama! Drown ’em, Tide!

Every Bama man’s behind you, hit your stride

Go teach the Bulldogs to behave

Send the Yellow Jackets to a watery grave

And if a man starts to weaken, that’s a shame!

For Bama’s pluck and grit have writ her name in Crimson flame

Fight on, fight on, fight on, men!

Remember the Rose Bowl, we’ll win then

Go, roll to victory, hit your stride

You’re Dixie’s football pride, Crimson Tide

Roll Tide, Roll Tide!

A 2021 letter addressed to the college president, written by sociology associate professor Cassandra Simon, kicked off the down-with-Dixie campaign. The letter was written on behalf of herself as well as members of the Black Faculty and Staff Association.

From The Crimson White:

[Cassandra] said that the playing of “Yea Alabama!” has deterred her from attending football games and other sporting events in the 22 years that she has been at the University.

According to the media outlet, she attempted to do it at first:

“I didn’t realize that this was the fight song for the entire university and all the athletic teams. So, I had attended a couple of basketball games and some gymnastic weeks, but then when I realized that this was for everything, I stopped going to all athletic events.”

Dixie is indeed deemed problematic, leading to the renaming in 2020 of the music band Dixie Chicks.

The dawn of the age of knowledge is near, and it is bringing change. When it comes to awakening consciousness, the saturation in America is full. Even Alabama is catching up to the times as seen in recent headlines:

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Will the University of Alabama really change the battle song? According to the Crimson White, the initiative only has a few supporters. But it's not a sign of death for the cause.

Some of the most passionate football fans around the globe are devoted to the Crimson Tide. To suggest that the lyrics ought to be changed for a handful of dedicated fans is somewhat extreme.

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