University to promote diversity by destroying ‘Wall of Hate’ filled with racial slurs

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  • University will also construct "Wall of Love" as a counterpoint
  • Other events include a "War on Hate" kickoff party and "Soul Pancake Ball Pit"
  • Students at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) will erect and destroy a cinderblock “Wall of Hate” filled with racial and derogatory epithets as part of their Unity Week celebration.

    The wall will be erected in the Alvin Sherman library quad with an informational sign detailing the purpose of the project. Prior to destroying the wall, students will share personal stories of instances in which they were stereotyped or experienced prejudice. The “Wall of Hate” will finally be torn down on January 30th replete with a ceremony featuring the CS A dance team and the Sharkettes.

    A “Wall of Love” will be created as with positive words painted on bricks that will be displayed in the UC windows as a response to the “Wall of Hate.”

    “In a time when people are angry about a lot of things, like the Trayvon Martin shooting, it’s important for us as a student community to understand that NSU is a safe place."   

    Unity Week will also include other events such as a “War on Hate” kickoff party, a “Let Go of Hate” event, and a “Soul Pancake Ball Pit.”

    The Soul Pancake Ball Pit will have participants jump into an inflatable pool filled with balls that have discussion prompts written on them. Participants will discuss the prompts inside the ball pit until they find common ground.

    The Current reports that Unity Week will occur from January 22-30, and is sponsored by the Student Events and Activities Board and the Caribbean Student Association.

    Danielle McCalla, an event organizer, told The Current this is the first “Wall of Hate” event to take place since 2010.

    “In a time when people are angry about a lot of things, like the Trayvon Martin shooting, it’s important for us as a student community to understand that NSU is a safe place,” McCalla said.

    Representatives for NSU did not return Campus Reform’s request for comment in time for publication.

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    Timothy Dionisopoulos

    Timothy Dionisopoulos

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    Tim Dionisopoulos is a reporter for LI's Campus Reform and works as a communications editor in LI’s Campus Leadership Program.

    Tim has been with LI's Campus Reform since the summer of 2011, and his stories have been cited or re-posted on the Daily Mail, the Drudge Report, Fox News, and other national media outlets.

    Tim graduated in 2011 from Providence College in Rhode Island where he was politically active on campus and in the community.

     

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