History

A long list of reasons why UT Austin should change its official school song

Nowadays, American corporate culture shuns the word ‘problem’ — because it’s uncomfortable. Managers don’t like to hear employees say things such as: “The problem with what You said is…” So instead, they cultivate an ambiance of euphemisms, such as: “What you said suggests promising opportunities…” Behold this aberration of the English language. Such verbiage obstructs one’s ability to see problems and to fix them. And this inability to state problems has spread to universities.

Now consider what, to some people, simply cannot exist: the many problems in The Eyes of Texas, the official song of the University of Texas at…


History

UT Austin released a Report about the song, but its historical origins are worse than it says.

I read UT’s Report about The Eyes of Texas song, which has multiple merits, such as its account of how the song has been performed for decades. However, it also has defects, including the account of its origins. Therefore, as a professor of history, I decided to research an accurate account of its origins. To me, the main issue was whether the song was written independently of a blackface minstrel show and just happened to be sung there later. …


thank you for kindly voicing your fair and reasonable advice!


Men breaking into a warehouse in Ponce, Puerto Rico, in January 2020.

BY ALBERTO A. MARTINEZ

Because of the recent earthquakes, more than 8000 people have been sleeping in streets or shelters, many needing aid. City mayors desperately begged for supplies from the central government. Then, last Saturday, residents of the city of Ponce broke into a 43,000-square-foot warehouse because they heard it was hiding emergency supplies for victims of natural disasters.

Some wanted to know whether this rented warehouse was hiding disaster relief supplies donated to Puerto Rico two years ago after Hurricane Maria — but which were never distributed.

So men broke into the warehouse. They cheered. Right in front…


Controversy flares over how many Puerto Ricans died because of Hurricane Maria. On May 29, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article arguing that Puerto Rico’s Department of Public Safety misreported the number of deaths as 64 people on December 9, 2017. Instead, the researchers estimated that roughly 4,645 people died, from September 20 until December 31st.

Since they work at Harvard and other top institutions, their article caused a media storm. As a Puerto Rican professor of history, I was stunned by the headlines.

Apparently, more people died in Puerto Rico’s post-hurricane wreckage than in the destruction…

Alberto A. Martinez

Professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin. Author of six books, plus articles in Scientific American, The Hill, USA Today news, SALON, etc.

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