Universities hosting ‘Tunnels of Oppression,’ where students encounter simulated acts of racism

Universities hosting ‘Tunnels of Oppression,’ where students encounter simulated acts of racism

Several schools are hosting “Tunnels of Oppression,” where students experience simulated acts of racism, misogyny, and more so that they can “recognize their own privilege.”

Lee University’s Residential Life and Housing and Student Leadership Council will be hosting its fourth annual iteration of the event on Friday, during which participants will go on an interactive tour that exposes them to a different type of oppression in each room, including ”racial, sexual, mental, and societal oppression.”

“At Lee, we’re in a bubble, and the Tunnel of Oppression helped provide insight to topics I had never personally encountered,” Lee alumna Mia Campbell told The Lee Clarion. “It’s a safe place to engage with the surrounding community.”

Other schools host their own versions of the Tunnel, as well, though the exact nature of the exercise varies.

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A video from the 2010 Tunnel of Oppression at Southern Illinois University, for instance, shows students being subjected to verbal abuse by university employees.

“Get the f*ck up!” a black male employee is seen shouting at a white female student. “What the f*ck is wrong with you?”

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