What Really Happened At Tulane KA

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Media. Journalism. Speculation. Misunderstanding. The Kappa Alpha Order at Tulane is dealing with a massive wave of all these things this week after social media was abuzz about their “Trump wall.” It all comes down to a classic and silly misunderstanding that was catalyzed by the pussification of America. A source close to the chapter has given me the scoop on what actually happened over the last week. So sit tight as we take a look at how tradition and satire was spun to become xenophobia and racism.

Thursday April 7th, Opening Ceremonies

Formal for KA is much more than a weekend getaway. It is a 10-day-long marathon of fraternal fun that provides good times for more than just the one chapter. One of the kick-off events to their formal is an annual campus-wide game of Capture the Flag against other fraternities and even the football team. In order to defend their territory during the game each year, KA builds a wall of sandbags surrounding their house. The competing teams will send in groups to try and dismantle the wall. It’s part of the fun and the pledges are designated to protect and rebuild the wall. In addition, the KA president gives an opening speech to officially kick off formal. He does so in nothing but his underwear, boots, and a hat.

The president’s speech is a humorous one, and with it being an election year, it’s natural that satire regarding the candidates would be an easy way to get some laughs. And that’s just what happened. After the wall had been erected, brothers saw the humor of Trump touting his desire for a wall in relation to the one sitting on their fraternity’s lawn. So they graffitied Trump’s campaign rhetoric onto the wall. When the president later gave his speech, he went on to further poke fun at the GOP frontrunner, by claiming that the wall his house just built would be paid for by the Kappa Kappa Gamma house directly across the street. Let’s not forget he’s giving this compelling speech in nothing but his tighty whities.

Within hours of gameplay, the wall had been dismantled so much during capture the flag that the original message was no longer legible. No one took care to ensure the sandbags got put back in the right spot and the message remained intact because it wasn’t a real message — it was a joke.

All in all, it was a funny day, with funny outfits, and funny jokes.

Tuesday April 12, All Hell Breaks Loose

Photos that were taken during the short lifetime of the “Trump Wall” in its full glory started gaining traction over social media around noon and continued to spiral out of control throughout the day. The most prevalent post on Facebook was from Dillon Pérez.

As things usually do with social media, the sharing got a bit out of hand and the message Dillon wanted to convey got muddled in with all of the perceived Trump hatred. He issued a statement around 11 p.m.

So, Dillon isn’t a bad guy. He might be a little sensitive, but he’s not so caught up in his wounded safe space that he’s calling for the persecution of KA. His goal was to simply open a dialog and exercise his right to not laugh at a funny joke, and find other people who also didn’t think the joke was funny. But come on. In context, that shit is hilarious.

In all seriousness, Dillon set off a chain of events that have labeled this chapter as one filled with Trump-lovers, and thereby inspired people to hate them, when, in fact, the majority of the house would probably support Kasich, according to the source close to the house. Other photos surfaced of Tulane KA circa 1985 when they still celebrated their Old South formal, and dressed in Civil War era garb, including Confederate uniforms. Social media users tried to use this as a means to paint KA as historically racist, and that somehow relates to the Trump Wall and the chapter being modern racists, too. Try again, kids. The 2014-2015 Tulane enrollment for Black and Hispanic students was at just under 16% of the student body. Today? KA’s brotherhood is comprised of about 10 brothers of color out of the total 60. So, about 16%. Doesn’t seem like they have a race problem by Tulane standards.

After the social media monster had started its dirty work, a video surfaced of Tulane football players dismantling the wall in front of KA. Many people, myself included, inferred that this was directly related to the Trump Wall and that they were doing so in protest. Rewatching the video, I feel silly for missing the fact that there is virtually no paint on any of the remaining parts of the wall. The video was captured Tuesday afternoon, during a regular part of playing Capture the Flag (yes, the game was still going on). The Trump Wall in its original form hadn’t been in existence for at least five days. The brothers we see in the video are insisting that the players leave to avoid any more of a scene with brothers and players wrestling and horsing around. Even though it’s all fun and games to them, such a display might result in more pictures or videos, and they wanted to avoid further speculation and scrutiny by the media, who could take the whole thing out of context. Whoops.

The chapter’s official statement with regard to the incident is as follows:

“Our chapter takes KA’s values of gentlemanly conduct very seriously. This respect extends to every student of Tulane and every member of the broader community. The comment was written on a makeshift wall on our private property, normally used for a game of capture the flag, to mock the ideologies of a political candidate. This had a unintended negative effect and as such it has been dismantled.”

And to think, they almost wrote “Feel the Bern” instead of “Make America Great Again,” which would have left no one pissed off, ironically.

  1. ThePatternIsFull

    Honestly, I thought they built the wall to keep flooding and looters at bay, seeing as though NOLA is under sea level and filled with non-Trump supporters

    6 years ago at 10:28 am
  2. Bush Light

    Is it frowned upon that I just break out in laughter every time I see another politically correct pussy get his panties in a bunch? It’s literally a joke at this point. I don’t know how anyone can take these windbags seriously.

    6 years ago at 10:32 am
  3. UMaverick

    I’m still not understanding why people need to apologize fir supporting a political candidate.

    6 years ago at 10:37 am
    1. DornFromMajorLeague

      Because being a Republican is a crime. Didn’t you hear about the bill?

      6 years ago at 10:54 am
    2. Call sign_Goose

      Because In America you are allowed to choose your religion and political stance, just so long as that political stance doesn’t hurt the feelings of the other side of the spectrum. Note: one side of the spectrum (would will go named, but rhymes with schdemocrats) gets their feelings hurt by anything that doesn’t agree with their agenda.

      6 years ago at 11:07 am
  4. 144agemo

    What hits close to home is the fact that Trump’s in Pittsburgh today and Pitt’s Trumpees sent out an email to gather for the event and to make sure they’re packing, telling everyone to “not forget their AK’s.” Some professors already canceled classes for ‘safety reasons.’ meanwhile, for everyone feelin’ the bern, they announced a safe space in the student union and there’s gonna be hundreds (if not thousands) more doing a “sit-in” to protest. And who the hell knows what the Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon kids are gonna do. Bet something makes national news today.

    6 years ago at 10:42 am
  5. MrPresident1865

    What do you mean Dillon wasn’t wrong? Obviously he was wrong if he didn’t even bother to go and ask why it was written there and in the first place. Sure trump has maybe said some things that don’t go over well with a majority of people of ethnic groups. But when did saying something bad about illegal immigrants become such a problem??? I have absolutely no problem with any other race, ethnicity, whatever, if they come to the country in a legal way. In fact, I welcome you and I hope you succeed. That’s how this country was made great. When did doing things the legal way and having a problem with illegal immigrants draining the system become evil?

    6 years ago at 11:07 am
    1. MrPresident1865

      What I’m implying about illegal immigrants here is that they are the ones ruining the image of the people who come here because they are the ones likely to bring drugs, commit rapes, murders etc…

      6 years ago at 11:27 am
    2. Not So Sweetheart

      No one can deny Trump has made some pretty offensive comments during his campaign. Joke or otherwise, Dillon was entirely allowed to be offended. He toed the line when he likened the chapter’s message one of xenophobia and gave it improper context, but that was how he perceived what he saw. He wasn’t malicious, just ignorant of the full context of the situation.

      6 years ago at 12:11 pm
      1. MrPresident1865

        i know he wasn’t being malicious and I completely respect his right to state what he thinks. I’m just extremely tired of how people take to social media and denounce things before they even comprehend the entirety of a situation because that one post can ruin a reputation for good.

        Jeez, that’s the former KA chapter president coming out in me…. Having to deal with BS on a daily basis and thinking about how it could be taken the wrong way never goes away after an ordeal like that.

        6 years ago at 12:29 pm
  6. Drunk Chris Berman

    So disheartening that America let’s special little snowflakes broadcast themselves and how offended they are, then bend to their will. What the hell happened to the America I knew and loved?

    6 years ago at 11:57 am
  7. nolenation44

    Trump is completely unqualified to be president. Actually everyone still running is completely unqualified to be president. That being said the more this shit happens the more I want him to win.

    6 years ago at 12:24 pm