Texas University Bans ‘Come and Take It’ Chant Due to Racial Connotations

The slogan does not align with the school’s “values,” according to the President.

A university in south Texas has banned the “come and take it” chant and flag due to its association with “cultural and political issues beyond its traditional political context.”

University of Texas San Antonio President Taylor Eighmy made the announcement last week in an email sent to all faculty, staff, students, and alumni. While he doesn’t claim that the slogan is racist, a petition to have the slogan banned claims that it is “steeped in racist ideology and racist history.”

“It has carried those white supremacist beliefs from 1835 to today, and in that time has also been widely adopted by anti-government, pro-gun extremists, such as at the January 6th insurrection at the US Capitol,” the petition reads.

Eighmy doesn’t make such broad claims. Instead, he justifies his decision by arguing that the slogan has been adopted by organizations that have “values and agendas” that differ from the school’s.

“In the time since it was last used at a home game on Nov. 23, 2019, the phrase has been adopted by organizations and movements across the political spectrum. A simple online search of webpages, articles and images involving this phrase reveals the myriad of ways numerous organizations have adopted it for their particular cause. Many of these organizations have values and agendas that differ significantly from ours and our clear focus on excellence in intercollegiate athletics and higher education,” he writes.

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The “Come and Take It” slogan originated during the Texas Revolution at the Battle of Gonzales. When Mexican dictator Santa Anna sent troops to retake a cannon he had given to the men at Gonzales to defend against Native Americans, Texas militiamen defeated the Mexican troops with the challenge to “come and take it.”

That battle marked the first victory for Texans during the revolution, which ended in Texas’s independence from Mexico.

More recently, the slogan has been adopted by Second Amendment groups as a challenge to unconstitutional gun control policies imposed by federal and state governments. Though President Eighmy claims a “simple online search” will reveal organizations that contradict the school’s “values and agendas,” a GunsAmerica investigation revealed only pro-gun groups on the first pages of a Google search.

If Eighmy is taken at his word, he’s suggesting that the school has taken a firm stance against gun rights.

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Not everyone in the UTSA bubble has supported the move—far from it. The UT System Board of Regents Chairman Kevin P. Eltife slammed the move in a statement published online.

“The Board of Regents does not support abandoning traditions and history that mean much to students alumni, and other Texans. I am very disappointed with this decision and will immediately ask our Board to establish policies that ensure that the governing body of the UT System will have the opportunity in the future to be consulted before important university traditions and observances are changed,” Eltife said.

Students have also begun flouting the new rule. At a recent game, attendees chanted “Come and Take It” and waves flags bearing the slogan.

The school has said it will not take action against fans who show up to the games with items that have the phrase on them or are chanting it, according to the San-Antonino Express News.

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  • Doc Blackadder October 15, 2021, 12:27 am

    The phrase “Molon Labe” (come and take it) is much older than Texas settlers, but it has the same spirit.

  • Ej harbet September 28, 2021, 12:31 am

    What is racist about cherishing liberty and showing defiance to tyrants??? I’ll consider a honor to fight beside anyone who loves freedom I don’t what your color is!
    And if your a true alien from another world I’ll show you how to use our weapons and welcome your comradeship.

  • EasyEddie September 20, 2021, 10:26 am

    Perhaps a new word is needed. I envision t-shirts that read ‘Kommentagit’ in bold lettering on the front. Should drive the university lefties nuts. Well, granted they’re mostly nuts already, but it would be fun to watch their rabid response to it.

  • Russ September 20, 2021, 10:17 am

    Nice to know these supposed places of higher learning are so open minded to the thoughts of others. Can you ever see a time they would ban Black Lives Matter and their constant racist diatribes. Keep saying what you want and believe in, it’s called peaceful protest. Unlike the blm burn loot and murder fests that ensue. Don’t forget the free shopping those savages enjoy during their peaceful protests also.

  • Wilko September 20, 2021, 9:37 am

    Just one more academic, with his head up his liberal rear end. Pol Pot may have had the right idea for dealing with them.

  • John Richard Stanton September 20, 2021, 8:36 am

    Damn, we know that that pesky Second Amendment needs to be stopped so we can all be safe from criminals, but now that pesky First Amendment appears to also need to be limited to make other people feel safe!

  • Mario Acevedo September 20, 2021, 8:26 am

    A simple online search will show President Eighmy that the Democratic Party was pro-slavery and the party of Jim Crow and the KKK. Will he disassociate himself from the Dems?

  • Jay Jones September 19, 2021, 4:53 pm

    All words will be racist, as long as idiots keep bowing to their demands. It will never end. Draft these cry babies and send them to the front line.

  • Joe September 17, 2021, 9:39 pm

    Since they erase history, guess it is time to make new history with them. MOLON LABE

  • Paul Schwarz September 17, 2021, 1:53 pm

    Pseudo intellectuals/academics will never learn, never.
    Ok, we’ll play……”Come and get it”. Feel better? The American spirit is completely (like totally…dude) unknown to those with petty power who are more concerned with tenure and political correctness than The Constitution. As is widely believed, “political correctness is intellectual fascism”.

  • John Boutwell September 17, 2021, 1:24 pm

    More liberal rubbish!

  • Ed Charles September 17, 2021, 1:04 pm

    and this MyEigh or Eighmy tiddly wink is ruling a Texas University and was not summarily fired and was also obviously hired…..
    …..we need to fight back in all ways peacefully and reasonably, though more and more, and in pretty much all cases the real enemies of the People are indeed domestic and they are the violent source and too often rulers in power.
    ..fire this Mayeye and send him back to Canada—the always frozen part, or the hole from which he came, eigh??! WE MAY!

    ..This is non-violent and easily doable, and it certainly is not racist, it is a war against the leftist fascists who are the real racists as well. We need to start there, and especially against the schools who receive tax money—all the schools in every state. Fire these fascists now, before they pollute the minds of and indoctrinate any more of our children.

    Home School your children in the meantime, and give refunds on our taxes that support un American schools.

  • Johnny Rebel September 17, 2021, 12:31 pm

    We have to start fighting back now! It’s getting out of control every inch of our country, this leftism is encroaching more and more. We really have to start fighting now, like really fighting. Our forefathers would have by now

  • db September 17, 2021, 11:44 am

    Keep saying it and keep flying it! Let’s cancel ‘cancel culture’ wherever it tries to take hold. Sue their a$$e$ otherwise – we have a right to free speech and those rights do not stop when feeling are hurt.

  • David September 17, 2021, 11:03 am

    Texas is on the road to being the next California! Better wake up. Before you know it, the homelss will be permitted legally to piss, crap am steal from your business providing it’s under $900. You’ll be able to have sex with minors or knowingly give hiv/aids to someone. And you’ll be registered as an owner of an assault weapons owner if you have an AR15, even if you have all the dumb shark fins, approved length and it’s not full auto.Progressive politics at its finest! Stay asleep and watch what happens! They also will have compulsory medicines for your children! Even though government employees, illegal immigrants and welfare recipients are exempt! A lawless government, republicans included.

  • Mauser6863 September 17, 2021, 10:42 am

    No one should ever be free to utter any words that have not been approved by the University Leadership. – F-ing Idiots

    • Yep yep September 19, 2021, 9:00 am

      🥴 are you on drugs?

      • Will Dabbs September 20, 2021, 6:56 am

        That’s sarcasm.

  • Big Al 45 September 17, 2021, 10:29 am

    !835?!?!?! Uh, No. And race had nothing to do with it’s original use, but it DID have to do with one people exerting their will and rights against those that would trample them.
    And now it’s happening again.
    This isn’t the first time the Left has tried to take or stifle our rights as outlined in the 1st Amendment, and it won’t be the last.

  • Jim Mason September 17, 2021, 10:23 am

    Well as long as the board wants to upset tradition, perhaps tenure should be eliminated.

  • Abby Normal September 17, 2021, 10:16 am

    I live in Texas, have for more than 45 years now. And I say “Come and take it”. In other words “Come and get some”. All the big cities all over are liberal. It’s that “huddle” mentality. Strength in numbers only counts when you are armed and ready.

  • Dougster September 17, 2021, 9:22 am

    I used to live in Gonzales TX and have seen the battle grounds where that flag was flown and seen the cannon at the Gonzales museum. The town has a “come and take it “ celebration (Oct 1st – 3rd 2021) and I can’t help but wonder how long this Celebration and the history of “ come and take it” will continue until these “woke liberals” will tear it down as racist white supremacy and “cancel culture” such Texas and U.S. history. It has already began! History may have to repeat itself again!

  • Alej September 17, 2021, 8:47 am

    “Racist” generally connotes whining Negroes, but in this case a few whining Hispanics have taken up the cry. Most Texas Hispanics are pleasant, some of the older generations are courtly in their manners, and a pleasure to be around. But punks come in all shades.

  • Halfmilekiller September 17, 2021, 7:44 am

    The point that should be recognized is that these people are not stupid. This is right out of the Marxist handbook. A significant part of communist revolution is that patriotic history must be destroyed to the point that the people have nothing to be proud of. These leftists have been waging war against America, it’s people, and it’s values for decades and they are winning.

  • Blasted Cap September 17, 2021, 7:07 am

    The amount of stupidity shown these days by people who THINK they have authority over others is amazing.

  • survivor50 September 17, 2021, 6:31 am

    SOOOO many SNOWFLAKES in Austin… there may be an AVALANCHE !!!

    UT !!! … Pointy headed liberal professors… and administration…

    • Jim joe September 17, 2021, 7:57 am

      This is the University of Texas at San Antonio. Not the University of Texas in Austin.

      But I wouldn’t put it past them either.

  • James Richards September 16, 2021, 10:59 pm

    I Guess You don’t have to Know History to be President of a University Today. Leftism has No Place in Education!

  • Dr Motown September 16, 2021, 10:29 pm

    Just show up to all the games with “molon labe” hats….the idiot President has already said he won’t stop anyone🤣

  • Walkin O'Shea September 16, 2021, 6:16 pm

    Time for the students at the University of Texas San Antonio, to tell their administrators to go pack sand. They have every right to chant, “Come and take it” any bloody time they please. The students have the right historically, and they have a Constitutional Right to their chant. President Taylor Eighmy, can “Come and take it” if he dares. Too bad the Eighmy has a bad case of wokeism…it keeping him running to the john.

    • Blasted Cap September 17, 2021, 7:10 am

      I wonder if they’re also doing the “F*=! Joe Biden” chant? And if so when he’s going to ban that?

  • Tim September 16, 2021, 4:40 pm

    The Board of Regents will “develop policies”… Here’s a thought; fire the idiot in who made your school look bad…
    Or better yet, start hanging libtards from light posts until they get the message that REAL AMERICANS are pissed off at their actions and don’t give two sh!ts about their feelings.

    -Have a nice day!

  • Jim September 16, 2021, 2:56 pm

    Is there anyone left on college campuses, that are not full blown crackheads. Seriously now, these people have severe mental problems. Like schizophrenia’s delirium they see something scary around every corner, and something sinister behind every saying, or symbol. These people must have very pathetic lives, almost to the point of being Agoraphobic. The boogie man is coming for them.

  • MICHAEL J TRACY September 16, 2021, 2:21 pm

    “Freedom Lodge” took down my Comment?

  • Bemused Berserker September 16, 2021, 2:16 pm

    That’s what my search turns up to. The phrase dates back a lot farther than the Battle of Gonzales.

    Just because it was appropriated by a group with racist ties, does not make the phrase racist.

    I’ll bet chanting “Black Lives Matter” or “Fry The Pork” is probably OK in this Moron President’s world view.
    Leftards are Mentally Ill.

  • D.J. September 16, 2021, 1:58 pm

    ” Those whom do not learn from history , are doomed to
    repeat it . ”

    Hyperbolic sensitivity yet again runs amok .

  • Clark Kent September 16, 2021, 1:56 pm

    Yes, but why would you expect a university to teach history?

  • MICHAEL J TRACY September 16, 2021, 1:56 pm

    Reward him with empty seats.

  • Sam Hancock September 15, 2021, 2:59 pm

    No disrespect to Texas Militia men at Gonzales but wasn’t “Come and Take it” generally attributed to King

    Leonidas Of Sparta?

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