A Change.org petition supporting those who helped take down Kappa Alpha's wall has garnered nearly 800 signatures. Directed toward administrators at Tulane, it reads, in part:

This wall, although a tradition carried on by Kappa Alpha for many years, has been a source of aggression towards students of colour on this campus, and this year, with the addition of the labels "Trump" and "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN," has become overtly threatening towards Muslim and Latino students. Although Kappa Alpha has agreed to make changes to traditions that have previously discomforted students of colour, especially Black students, this wall and its labels prove that these promises were only superficial.


As the petition notes, this is not Kappa Alpha's first brush with racially-tinged controversy. In 2010 the fraternity ordered members to refrain from dressing in Confederate themed attire for their Old South formal, a tradition which, in years past, had garnered complaints across multiple campuses. On its website, the group cites confederate general Robert E. Lee as its "spiritual founder."

On Wednesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center published a report detailing how the rhetoric of the 2016 election cycle has affected schoolrooms around the country. Titled "The Trump Effect, " the study is an overview of an informal survey of nearly 2,000 elementary and high school teachers, and while not scientific, it paints a picture of an educational system impacted by the increasingly hostile rhetoric of the presidential campaigns.


Suffice it to say, the Trump Effect doesn't seem limited to K–12.