The Tunnel of Oppression coming to Georgetown
The Tunnel at University of Miami
This Thursday, ResLife will bring the “Tunnel of Oppression” to Georgetown for the first time. The program, which has been around for ten years, is meant to encourage students to confront issues or race, discrimination, homophobia, abuse, and gender by sending students down a hallway (if you don’t have a Tunnel—Georgetown’s will be in McCarthy) filled with graphic images or images meant to be thought-provoking and recordings of hateful speech.
ResLife’s description of the event doesn’t give away whether or not Georgetown’s will be particularly intense:
“This powerful program combines elements of live action scenarios, videos, picture, words and symbols to educate about the types of oppression in our society, and how campus communities members can combat it. We encourage campus community members to participate and experience the tunnel.”
When Santa Clara University hosted theirs, for example, here’s what they expected:
“Eerie whispers will express remorse in the darkness, sexist catcalls will bark loudly at passersby and startling images of sexual assault victims will stare students in the face as they make their way through a winding, in-your-face course of multi-media displays.”
So it’ll be interesting to see what we get. After all, the girl in the video above seems to be afraid of what she created. Another YouTube renditions of the Tunnel are disturbing—distractingly so?