The University of Georgia’s marching band will end its tradition of playing a song from “Gone With the Wind” after games, a move that signals inclusivity and social change.
- The Bulldog’s band will stop playing “Tara’s Theme” from “Gone With the Wind.” Instead, the band will play “Georgia on My Mind.”
- University of Georgia’s marching band director Brett Bawcum announced the decision on social media.
Bawcum said in the post:
We are ending performances of ‘Tara’s Theme,’ effective immediately, and replacing it as our signature with ‘Georgia on My Mind.’ Though the tradition has been under discussion for months within the band, the current social climate has highlighted the urgency of addressing it and made me conscious of the message that could be interpreted by delay. To be clear, the issue with the tradition is not the motivation of those who have embraced it, but rather the possibilities it may limit in those who haven’t. I value tradition, but I value creating a welcoming environment much more.
Why change ‘Tara’s Theme’?
- According to USA Today, Georgia has used the opening song from “Gone With the Wind” for decades.
- HBO Max pulled the film from its library last week, saying it showed racial and ethical prejudices. The decision follows the same line of thinking with the university hoping to create a more inclusive environment.