Utah undergrads unload on racist, sexist, genderist fight song

Utah undergrads unload on racist, sexist, genderist fight song

[Ed. – Yes, LU Nation, your correspondent got around behind this thing, and checked underneath it, and it does appear to be as imbecilic as it looks.  There’s a reason why “sophomoric” is a pejorative characterization.]

Members of the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU) alleged that the title and some of the lyrics are “problematic” and could lead to “feelings of exclusion” for some students, specifically minorities and women. …

“It’s time for a change,” student-government president Sam Ortiz told the Deseret News, describing the current version as “divisive.”

Ortiz and others point to the song’s gender- and race-specific lyrics as the issue. For example, the chorus of the song repeatedly makes references to being “a Utah man”…

The male-centered lyrics could lead students who “do not identify as men or being a man” to feel excluded from the campus community, the resolution states.

Additionally, members took issue with a lyric in the first verse that states “Our coeds are the fairest.” The resolution argues the line is “supporting a hierarchy built on complexion and skin tone, privileging a light or ‘fair’ appearance.”

Alison Boyer, a member of the ASUU Assembly, said that not changing the song is “allowing hurtful speech to be perpetrated” on campus. Another member, Lydia Owens, compared keeping the current song to opposing interracial marriage and denying women’s suffrage.

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