Academia is almost always upset when their leftist ideologies are criticized. But, this Tulane University official just blasted anti-free speech students who took offense at a frat house’s decision to build a ‘Donald Trump wall.’
After the Hayride broke the story about the Kappa Alpha fraternity at Tulane building their annual sandbag wall with Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan written across it, the frat was almost immediately met by alleged university football players who tore the wall down.
Then, the next day, a Hispanic group at Tulane started a whine-y petition in which they claimed that the frat house’s Trump wall was “threatening” to Muslim and Hispanic students. The Hayride also broke that story as well, HERE.
Now, though, Tulane’s Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Dusty Porter has responded to the petition against the frat’s right to free speech in a very non-academic way, that actually promotes free speech.
Take a look at the full Tulane statement on the Trump wall:
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 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 http://tulane.edu/concerns 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 the 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 support all our students in alleviating anything that detracts from the educational environment.
Dr. Dusty Porter
Vice President of Student Affairs