Events cancelled for Greek Week as a result.
National Greek leaders cancelled several events scheduled for an upcoming Greek Week at Ohio University after discovering students involved in Greek life graffitied pro-Trump messages on a free speech wall, including his popular promise to “build a wall.”
A letter addressed to the “OU Sorority and Fraternity Life community and supporters,” and signed by several national Greek organizations, condemned the message as “offensive and hurtful.”
“The phrase is offensive and hurtful to many individuals as it is directly tied to the Hispanic/Latino/a community, makes them feel marginalized, and the message was interpreted that they do not belong at Ohio University,” the letter stated.
Students in OU’s Hispanic and Latino Student Union even called an emergency meeting after the messages appeared, saying something had to be done immediately.
“The goal of the meeting was to start a discussion,” Carla Triana, president of the union, said. “We heard about the mural at 9:00 this morning, and we had to do something instantaneously. We had to educate people on why this was offensive.”
The students will not face any disciplinary actions, the letters states, because their actions were within the bounds of free speech.
(Via Campus Reform)
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