Protests force Tulane fraternity to rip down controversial sandbag wall

Protests force Tulane fraternity to rip down controversial sandbag wall

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - If you build it they will come … to tear it down.

The Kappa Alpha fraternity on Tulane's campus is in hot water after building a brief homage to Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump's promise to build a wall to halt illegal immigration.

The Kappa Alpha fraternity on Tulane's campus built a sandbag wall in front of their house on Broadway. The slogan "Make America Great" and "Trump" was spray painted in red along the front.

This being the political season, the slogan, of course, offended students who walked or drove by the house.

The implied references to Trump' campaign, and his controversial references to illegal immigrants as drug dealers and rapists.

In a written statement, Tulane University said the fraternity's intent was to satirize the Trump campaign.

"Every spring the Kappa Alpha (KA) fraternity erects a wall around its chapter house, which is on private property. 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," the statement read.

An additional statement came from Tulane's Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Dusty Porter. The full statement reads as follows:

Dear Tulane Community,

 Many members of the university community have expressed concern over the words "Trump" and "Make America Great Again" that appeared on a wall of sandbags at the off campus chapter house of the Tulane Kappa Alpha Order (KA) on Thursday, April 7.

 Tulane encourages and supports the free exchange of ideas and opinions including any expression of support for or opposition to political candidates. We also understand that while members of KA said they intended the words as satire, it sparked a visceral reaction in the context of a very heated and divisive political season.

 The Division of Student affairs is working with students and community members in a comprehensive approach to addressing these issues. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority programs is working with the KA chapter leadership, members and national headquarters. The Office of Multicultural Affairs is working with various multicultural groups and students who feel impacted by this incident.

 Furthermore, the Office of Student conduct is reviewing the various reports submitted through the website and are gathering additional information in order to follow up on these reports.

 As an institution of higher education and learning, we are committed to exploring ways to facilitate learning opportunities from this incident. We remain committed to our values of free speech and inclusion in a learning environment that thrives on the expression of multiple perspectives and viewpoints. Simultaneously we remain committed to supporting all our students in alleviating anything that detracts from the educational environment.

 Dr. Dusty Porter

Vice President of Student Affairs

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