The presidential election of 2016 sparked a frenzy of political debate throughout the United States. Within hours of the election results, people marched and protested through the streets of Oregon and New York, others celebrated the news, while the remaining population was left puzzled by an uncertain future. The results of the election’s popular vote prove that the nation is divided, not just with regards to politics, but with its view on immigration, education, wildlife, and health laws.
Texas A&M University-Kingsville will have its say on contemporary issues on Feb. 14th-16th in its Tunnel of Oppression event. The event is an all day exhibit that will take place at the Main Student Union Building’s 1st floor. Exhibits will cover several of this year’s controversial issues such as the Trump administration, Black Lives Matter movement, and immigration.
This is the fourth year the Tunnel of Oppression is hosted at TAMUK. Delanie Silfka, a senior majoring in animal science, is helping organize the exhibits. Delanie explains that the exhibits are meant to inform students on topics that are often avoided.
“I think it’s a great event for the university, because it’s a great opportunity for students to be exposed to things that they might otherwise not be exposed to. It’s also very uncensored, but it gets the point across, and people really leave impacted by it,” said Silfka.
Students at TAMUK have their own say on issues they think are important.
“I know that a lot of people argue about whether the government should control what people eat, at least at a certain age because small kids tend to eat what they give them. However, I feel that older kids should be able to dictate whatever they choose to eat,” said Cardoza, kinesiology major.
Selena also said that issues on immigration and discrimination against minorities are of particular interest.
“I think it’s a good idea that will help both staff members and students learn about different issues and maybe even come together to establish a common solution. I would probably like to see financial and political problems discussed because those are the ones that affect us most,” said Davis, computer engineer major.
The Tunnel of Oppression will be open to all students, brining issues that are heavily debated into the spotlight.