One fraternity at Tulane University decided to build a fake “border wall” around their house with bold letters reading, “TRUMP” and “Make America Great Again!”
According to a student, this is part of a Kappa Alpha Order (KA) annual tradition where members build a wall of sand bags around their house. This year, however, members decided to decorate the wall to show their support for Trump.
“It was a wall filled with connotations of hate and ignorance,” Ana De Santiago, a student at Tulane University, wrote on her Facebook wall. “These connotations most directly mocked the experiences of Latino immigrants and workers throughout our nation. By writing Trump in large, red letters across the ‘wall,’ KA changed what was a tradition of building a wall into a tradition of constructing a border, symbolizing separation and xenophobia.”
“This issue not only affects Latinos,” she continued. “But all other marginalized immigrant groups in this country.”
According to a statement from officials at Tulane University, the wall was meant to be taken as satire and has since been taken down.
"Every spring the Kappa Alpha (KA) fraternity erects a wall around its chapter house, which is on private property," they told the Daily Dot. "The leadership of KA's local chapter says that adding Donald Trump's name and slogan to this year's wall was done in order to satirize the candidate's campaign promise, not to show support for him. The wall has since been dismantled."
Whether this was actually meant to be satire or not, this is a pretty pathetic excuse for a twist on tradition. The wall is such a source of controversy that it should simply be left alone—especially in a school setting.
Banner Image Credit: Facebook user Ana De Santiago