The Texas football team marches to the Texas State Capitol from UT stadium in a demonstration against racism in Austin on Thursday, June 4, 2020. [LOLA GOMEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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‘Great day to be a Longhorn’: Athletes react after Texas announces a plan to tackle its racial issues

Posted July 13th, 2020

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On Monday, Texas officials announced a series of changes that will address the racial issues on its campus.

Last month, a series of requests were made through a coordinated release of tweets by over three dozen UT athletes. Changing the name of Robert Lee Moore Hall and erecting a statue of Julius Whittier, the football program’s first Black letterman, at Royal-Memorial Stadium were among the concessions that Texas made on Monday.

The university did decline to change its alma mater. Athletes, though, will not be required to stand for “The Eyes of Texas.” The troublesome parts of the song’s history will also be taught on the UT campus.

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Perhaps the most notable reaction to Texas’ announcement came from DeMarvion Overshown, who is entering his third year on the football team. Nearly two weeks ago, Overshown said he would no longer participate in team activities. Overshown reasoned that “I can not continue to perform for a program that doesn’t show me the same love and support I do for them”

When announcing his personal protest, Overshown published a lengthy Tweet that was titled “Until We Are One.” Eleven days later, Overshown quoted the announcement by Texas in a tweet that read “We Are One!”

Overshown was not the only Longhorn who reacted to Monday’s news. Texas coach Tom Herman, members of the football teams and other UT athletes also posted their thoughts on social media.

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