Ole Miss won’t play ‘Dixie’ at football games anymore due to it’s ‘racist nature’
The University of Mississippi will drop one of the most beloved southern anthems, “Dixie,” from its marching band program, due to the historical context of the song, the school’s athletics department announced on Friday.
Written by a New Yorker, “Dixie” became popular as secessionists sought a new anthem to represent their cause. The University of Mississippi, affectionately known as Ole Miss, made the decision to abandon the song this year as it seeks to create a more welcoming environment for all of its students.
“The Athletics Department asked [the marching band] to create a new and modern pregame show that does not include Dixie and is more inclusive for all fans,” said Ole Miss Athletic Director Ross Bjork in a statement. – READ MORE