To keep the memory of others’ struggles fresh in peoples’ hearts, the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jernigan Library hosted the “Wall of Oppression” exhibit on Feb. 10-12, which aimed to expose the different types of oppression that individuals face in life.
Loreal Robertson, Campus Activities Coordinator, was in charge of the exhibit and said the Wall of Oppression’s main purpose was to educate the campus community about the different oppression.
“We definitely need to be aware and open our eyes,” Robertson said. “Sometimes these things happen around us and we don’t address them or we don’t think about them and putting them out there very raw puts people to think.”
Robertson said exhibits of that sort make people feel a certain way and makes them want to make a difference.
Issues such as race, rape, sexual assault, body image, among many others were addressed within the art exhibit.
“We have to address race, we have to address rape, because these are some of the issues that happen in our campuses,” Robertson said. “We as administrators have to put these out here to educate ourselves and other people.”
Robertson said she has experienced some oppression herself and said everyone can have a positive impact in this world.
“Everyone’s own awareness and own individual actions can make the world a better place,” Robertson said.
To make the world a better place takes cooperation from everyone, which is why various offices, departments and students organizations collaborated in the exhibit.
Trevor Gonzalez, junior biomedical sciences major, along with the organization Order of Omega, contributed because they wanted to shed light on oppression that affect too many people.
“From the exhibit I learned that no matter the type of oppression, it negatively affects someone I know. Oppression, in any form, is a disgusting act and this exhibit made me more aware of the types of oppression displayed,” Gonzalez said.
He said the purpose was for people to visually see the many different types of oppression there are.
“The point was they make you feel a way that you normally wouldn’t have felt by just verbally being told about a specific oppression,” he said.
Even though TAMUK is pretty diverse Gonzalez said he feels international students and especially Indian students face discrimination.
“Something that I hear and see firsthand is discrimination of Indians,” Gonzalez said. “I feel that it is a prevalent oppression at our campus and it will continue to grow as more Indians come to school and the less our school population is educated on their situations.”
Gonzalez said he hopes his contribution can impact someone positively, however, he believes that oppression will never end.
“There will always be someone hating someone for some reason, it’s been like this all throughout history,” Gonzalez said.