POLITICAL CORRECTNESS ALERT: School drops “Dixie” from band list

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Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton,
Old times there are not forgotten.
Look away, look away, look away Dixie Land!
In Dixie’s Land, where I was born in,
early on one frosty mornin’.
Look away, look away, look away Dixie Land!
I wish I was in Dixie, Hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie’s Land I’ll take my stand,
to live and die in Dixie.
Away, away, away down south in Dixie!
Away, away, away down south in Dixie!
There’s buckwheat cakes and Injun batter,
Makes you fat or a little fatter.
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land
Then hoe it down and scratch your gravel,
To Dixie’s Land I’m bound to travel.
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land
I wish I was in Dixie, Hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie’s Land I’ll take my stand,
to live and die in Dixie.
Away, away, away down south in Dixie!
Away, away, away down south in Dixie

Lee High School in Midland, Texas, has decided against incorporating the Confederate song, “Dixie,” into the school fight song, Midland ISD Superintendent Orlando Riddick has confirmed.

Given the national conversation surrounding Confederate symbolism following the racial violence in Charlottesville this month, Riddick said Lee High School principal Stan Vanhoozer had conversations with the school’s band director and superintendent’s office about the best interest of the students (particularly the safety of the students when traveling) in not incorporating “Dixie” notes into the fight song.

Vanhoozer ultimately made the call to 86 “Dixie,” a decision supported by Riddick.

This week, a group of Midland ISD alumni created a petition calling for a name change at Lee High School.

A settlement of a lawsuit regarding the name of the school resulted in Lee’s toning back of “Dixie” as its school fight song. At the time, the school board terminated the use of the battle flag and offered instructions about the playing of “Dixie” as the school’s song.

Notes from “Dixie” stayed in the fight song played at football games and other school-sanctioned events for a time.

Riddick is saying he trusts Vanhoozer — who he said attended Lee, taught at Lee and is now the campus leader — to make decisions that are best for the Lee faithful. Riddick said the perspective Vanhoozer offers is someone who bleeds maroon and is invested in the school.

Trump tweeted earlier this month that you can’t change history by eliminating Confederate reminders.

In a three-part tweet, President Trump wrote: “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You…..”

Part two of his tweet: “…can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also…”

Part three of his tweet: “…the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!”

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