The University of Georgia’s marching band will now not play the tune “Tara’s Theme” as half of its custom, Redcoat Band director Brett Bawcum introduced Wednesday.
Bawcum mentioned the social climate is a component of the explanation why the tune shall be eliminated.
In keeping with ESPN, “Tara’s Theme” performs originally of “Gone With the Wind” which was lately faraway from the HBO Max streaming platform over its depiction of black individuals. HBO mentioned it will convey the film again with the right disclaimer.
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“We are ending performances of ‘Tara’s Theme,’ effective immediately, and replacing it as our signature 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. 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,” the letter by Bawcum learn.
“I love the Redcoat Band. But it is incomplete. It’s past time that we made it right.”
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The band’s choice comes amid nearer scrutiny on states within the south who’ve statutes or different memorials tied to the Confederacy or slavery.
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Lately, the University of Virginia altered its brand over slavery connotations. UNLV additionally eliminated its “Hey Reb!” statue and is reconsidering the long run of its mascot.