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April 4, 2005
Contact: Santos Núñez, Multicultural Resource Center, (785) 864-4350.

KU Hate Out Week April 4-8 to feature crumbling of "Wall of Hate"

LAWRENCE -- To address intolerance and hate, University of Kansas students will watch the construction and tearing down of a "Wall of Hate" during Hate Out Week, April 4 through 8.

The theme of this year's Hate Out Week is "No Hate, Know Love." Activities will begin Monday, April 4, with "Hate Out" awareness tables on Wescoe Beach from noon to 2 p.m.

On Tuesday, April 5, on the lawn of Stauffer-Flint Hall, masons from KU's Facilities and Operations plant will construct the "Wall of Hate" using concrete bricks. After the wall is completed, students will be encouraged to write or paint messages on the wall that reflect a personal or collective experience of discrimination or outrage, or a crime or act of inhumanity.

At 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, students will tear down the wall. Once the wall has crumbled, students will be encouraged to take a piece of the broken wall as a reminder to take action and be a catalyst for change.

Santos Nunez, program director for the Multicultural Resource Center, said the "Wall of Hate" has been replicated on other campuses and was first brought to KU in 2002. It engages students in confronting awareness, oppression and discrimination.

"Our human society has written discrimination, injustice and oppression into our past and continues to do so today," she said. "To write a new future, we must tear down the old walls and build on a new foundation."

Activities will continue from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 7, with a Diversity Dialogue titled "How Far Have We Come? Discrimination and Oppression in Our Society -- Does It Still Exist?" in the Jayhawk Room of the Kansas Union.

Hate Out Week will conclude that evening with "Cultural Explosion," a multicultural potluck, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ecumenical Christian Ministries building, 1204 Oread Ave. Students are encouraged to bring a cultural dish to share.

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