Standing Up Against Oppression

By KBJR Manager

April 29, 2011 Updated Apr 29, 2011 at 12:50 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - University of Wisconsin - Superior students are taking a stand against oppression this week. They first hope to shock people, then inspire them to take action to work for equality.

Dave Anderson explains.

In this room, the treaty tables are turned.

These people are signing their land away to a Native American Nation.
It's part of a series of skits designed to ridicule, then eliminate discrimination.

"This is Boxes and Walls. It's an interactive museum of oppression."

The museum's displays attempted to mock and knock down stereotypes about sexuality, racial differences, physical disabilities and language barriers.

The actors are all UWS students.

Their performances opened the eyes of a lot of people.

"I see a lot of people opening their eyes to the types of discrimination that are really existing."

UWS sophomore Rachel Zubiate of Superior is Mexican American and says she has experienced a little racism.

However, she feels previous generations probably had more.

"We have come a long way, yes, but it still exists today and it's important to make people aware that it still exists today."

Organizers of Boxes and Walls state their plays were intended to make people feel bad, at least briefly.

Those feelings should be left behind, though, and when the participants leave the UWS Campus, they should work towards justice.

"What we're hoping is that experiencing that feeling for just a few moments motivates them to act."

In Superior, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.

Boxes and Walls was a three day presentation in UWS's new Yellow Jacket Union building.

It's over for this year but the students hope to do it again in 2012.