History

Whitewashing the Eyes of Texas

An analysis of how some White alumni have tried to whitewash the origins of UT’s official song.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the verb ‘whitewash’ was in some forms used since the sixteenth century, to mean: “To make (fabric) lighter or whiter through a process that removes natural colour, impurities, or stains; to bleach.” Subsequently, since the early 1700s and in present usage, the OED also defines this verb as: “To conceal the faults or errors of, to free, or…