The members of the Kappa Alpha order have a tradition of building a compound wall around their house for a game of “capture the flag.” But, as fraternity bros often do, they took things a bit too far when they spray painted “Make America Great Again” on the wall. Needless to say, the tribute to Trump has erupted in controversy. Students like Khristyan Anthonee Trejo immediately called for them to remove it:
As part of Kappa Alpha Order’s (KA) annual tradition, the fraternity at Tulane University decided to build a wall around their house; however, this time they built a wall filled with connotations of hate and ignorance, directly mocking the experiences of Latino immigrants and workers throughout our nation. By writing "TRUMP" in large, red letters across their “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 but all other marginalized immigrant groups in this country.
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In fact, some student athletes were reportedly seen taking matters into their own hands:
This afternoon the Tulane football team was seen taking down the sand bags from the barrier the fraternity created, while members of Kappa Alpha members yelled at them.
Video surfaced the the players destroying the wall:
Not everyone agreed it should’ve been removed:
When asked about the events Stephen Samolsky, a junior in Greek life told The Tab: “Indirect connotations are not equivalent to direct xenophobia and racism. I don’t agree with the actions, but I agree with their right to write the name of a presidential candidate.”
The Kappa Alpha chapter at Tulane isn’t exactly known for being progressive.