A wall of sandbags constructed last Thursday and emblazoned with pro-Trump slogans, built by the Kappa Alpha Order chapter at Tulane University in front of its house, was dismantled on Tuesday. The rhetoric was a joke, the fraternity says, but many aren’t laughing.
According to a statement emailed from the campus’ chapter to USA TODAY College, the premise of the wall, built Thursday as part of the New Orleans school fraternity’s yearly tradition to have pledges erect a barrier, was meant to “mock the ideologies of a political candidate”:
“Our chapter takes KA’s values of gentlemanly conduct very seriously. This respect extends to every student of Tulane and every member of the broader community. The comment was written on a makeshift wall on our private property, normally used for a game of capture the flag, to mock the ideologies of a political candidate. This had an unintended negative effect and as such it has been dismantled.”
However, students like freshman Khristyan Trejo, a member of student organization Students Organizing Against Racism (SOAR), say it was offensive.
“This really pushed it overboard for students of color on campus,” says Trejo. “It’s one thing to see an endorsement of Trump on campus — that’s freedom of speech — but it’s another to see the wall when it’s a symbol of racism and oppression. As someone with family across the (Mexico-United States) border and knowing people are murdered at the border every day, for (KA) to treat it as a joke and try to justify their actions with satire — well, it’s not a joke to students of color.”
Funny thing is, the email states the wall “has been dismantled”, what it DOESN’T say is WHO did the dismantling.
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