Wall of Prejudice Torn Down at Carroll University
Fraternity's awareness project turned controversial as students were asked to write hateful names on wall that later was symbolically destroyed.
That was the message that members of a Carroll University fraternity were trying to send when they erected a "Wall of Prejudice" on the campus. Students spent this week writing words that were hateful and hurtful to them.
Racial slurs, comments about body weight and other derogatory terms were scribbled all over the board. The reaction from the community was both positive and negative, causing the university to move the wall back from the street, according to Patch’s media partners at FOX6. One student told FOX6 the wall may have negative consequences with a nearby elementary school.
On Thursday, the wall came down. As part of the project, students showed up and were able to hit the wall with hammers and mallets for a small price, the proceeds of which are being donated to the Elimination Of Prejudice Organization.
Senior Mike Zanotelli, president of Pi Lambda Phi, said he has been reading the comments on the fraternity’s Facebook page and seen the media reports. Comments on the Facebook page have mixed reviews of the fraternity’s awareness project.
“I understand where everyone is coming from, but there wouldn’t be such a problem if this problem didn’t persist in the first place,” Zanotelli said. “That is what we are trying to correct.”
Zanotelli called for the students to not leave the event without taking action in their own lives to prevent the hurtful name calling.
“Stop it at the source,” he said.
Ralph Zick, executive director of the Hope Center, was the moderator at Thursday’s teardown event on campus. The reason for the event was to “inform and educate,” Zick said.
“It was not meant to harm anybody or be offensive to the public, but rather to point out that is part of how we live in our society today and that this Wall of Prejudice needs to be broken down,” Zick said.
“The sooner we break it down, the better," he said. "Once you tear that wall down, we can open the discussion freely knowing this is symbolic to the things that take place today.”