"Come And Take It" Cry No Longer Part Of UT San Antonio
The reason? Wokesters/anti-Second Amendment types don't like the sentiment
Photo by Daniel Mayer and used under the Creator Commons license.
There have been a few great instances of someone wanting to claim weapons and being told to come and take them. The first was the Spartans at Thermopylae in 480 BC. The second was here in my home state of Georgia during the American revolution when a British commander told the commander of Fort Morris to surrender the Fort. The American commander told him to come and take it.
The British backed off.
The final one took place in Texas when a flag with the phrase "Come and take it," a canon, and a star flew over the Battle of Gonzalez in 1835. It seems the Mexicans wanted to seize a canon and the Texans took exception to it.
It was an act of defiance, a mark that Texans weren't interested in rolling over and playing dead.
Now, it seems those days are over for some Texans.
A nearly 200-year-old battle cry adopted by students at a San Antonio university has become the latest victim of 'woke cancel culture' after a professor said it perpetuated racist stereotypes against Mexicans and was used by pro-gun activists.
The University of Texas at San Antonio has banned the ‘Come and Take It’ chant from its college football games and other athletic events after a petition denouncing it garnered hundreds of signatures.
On social media, critics accused the university president of making a 'spineless decision' to ban the phrase.
The school’s president, Taylor Eighmy, sent an email to all students, faculty, and staff on Tuesday announcing that the school would no longer allow the phrase to be featured as a rallying cry on flags and banners.
At UTSA football games in San Antonio, a large ‘Come and Take It’ flag is traditionally unfurled in the student section at the start of the fourth quarter at around the same time that a cannon is fired.
The ban was announced last week, but photos from inside the Alamodome taken during Saturday's 54-0 victory by UTSA over Lamar show fans waving the banner with the slogan emblazoned on it.
But the question is, why?
A professor at the school claims the slogan is anti-Mexican and pro-slavery.
In fairness, she's almost half right. Yeah, the slogan was in response to Mexico...almost 200 years ago. The Mexico of today isn't the Mexico of 1835. Statements of defiance from those days is hardly an insult today. If so, couldn't a Georgian using it be said to be using an anti-English slogan? A Greek saying it is somehow an insult to Iran? (If so, every Greek person out there needs to say it a lot.)
Honestly, it makes no sense.
Of course, I don't think that's really the reason.
Phrases like that are part and parcel of the pro-gun movement. We love that phrase because it's a mark of defiance. It's a reminder that brave men refused to give up their arms in the face of a tyrant and that we can be expected to do no less. People who talk about something being "anti-Mexican and pro-slavery" are also the people who want us disarmed.
They'd love to paint such phrases as racist, hateful rhetoric so we might forget our defiant roots.
What they forget is that it's far easier to bully a college administrator with that kind of talk than it is to bully millions of Second Amendment supporters who have seen this for what it truly is.
But even if the claim is at face value, it’s still absolute nonsense. At the core, it’s an attempt to burn the history out of our lives so we’ll have nothing to remember in years to come. People who remember their own greatness will be sure to strive and reclaim it. Get rid of that history and they have nothing to reach for.
You want to purge us of our heritage? Sure. You're more than welcome to try.
Come and take it.