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Wall of Hate Meant to Empower

Members of the Peace Club include, from left to right: Amanda Johnson, Stephen Funk, Caitlin Metz, Devin Filipiak, Deanna Metzger, Tyler Kroon, and Holly Nodzo.

On the surface it seems ironic that Keuka College’s Peace Club would construct a Wall of Hate.

However, it makes perfect sense when the goal is to “empower each other to create a more positive environment in which all us can live, work and learn,” said Chevanne DeVaney, director of multicultural affairs.

By highlighting words, symbols, and phrases that people use to hurt, devalue, and dehumanize others, club members hoped to inspire others to get involved in taking action against hate, discrimination, and oppression.

Members of the campus community were invited to “contribute” to the 6 by 8-foot wall, which was erected in the Phillips Lunge of the Dahlstrom Student Center, beginning Dec. 5 and then return Dec. 9 to watch it be dismantled.

“We acknowledged that many found the words, images and symbols that appeared on the wall offensive, but that is exactly the point of the project,” said DeVaney.  “Through construction of this display, the Peace Club wishes the community to understand the impact of these behaviors on the individual and on the community.”

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