Two SEC giants are making steps toward removing racially charged traditions at their schools. The University of Florida will no longer do their "Gator Bait" chant and University of Georgia band will no longer play a song from Gone With the Wind.
UF President Kent Fuchs said, "While I know of no evidence of racism associated with our 'Gator Bait' cheer at UF sporting events, there is horrific historic racist imagery associated with the phrase. Accordingly, University Athletics and the Gator Band will discontinue the use of the cheer."
After a quick Google search, findings are horrific. African american babies were used as alligator bait during the 1800's and there are numerous newspapers and other documents showing this. For more on the Gator Bait story CLICK HERE.
As for the Georgia band, they will no longer play "Tara's Theme" the opening music number for Gone With the Wind. They will replace the song with "Georgia on My Mind."
"Though the tradition has been under discussion for months within the band, the current social climate has highlighted the urgency of addressing it and made me conscious of the message that could be interpreted by delay," Brett Bawcum, band director, said in a letter dated Wednesday.
"To be clear, the issue with the tradition is not the motivation of those who have embraced it, but rather the possibilities it may limit in those who haven't. I value tradition, but I value creating a welcoming environment much more."
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