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An Alabama high school is ending its tradition of playing “Dixie” during football games this year because of the “negative connotations” associated with the minstrel show song.

“With the best interest of all of our students in mind and without any external pressure, I made the administrative decision that we will no longer play ‘Dixie,'” Arab City Schools Superintendent John Mullins told WHNT 19 News. “While I fully understand the difficulty of changing a tradition, the song has negative connotations that contradict our school district’s core values of unity, integrity, and relationships.”

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Arab High School’s band traditionally played “Dixie,” a song popular in the South, after its football team scored touchdowns, WHNT 19 reported.

But The Associated Press reported that officials in the educational system and the school board had talked for months about tossing the song.

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