_The Tunnel of Oppression — an interactive tour experience through the basement of Cobb Residence Hall — is designed to educate students about the types of oppression at the University.
It acts as a participatory theatre experience in which students view depictions of seven types of oppression — including learning disabilities, religion, race, body image and relationship violence
Students begin with a “privilege walk” to visualize what people have lived without, and they then view scenes and monologues depicting depression.
After the walk, participants discuss what they have seen and what they can do to stop oppression.
Staff writer Deborah Strange talked with stage director Morgan Mills, logistics co-chair Heather Robertson and adviser for acting and stage directing Ellen Hearn, about the importance of the tunnel and its legacy at UNC._
Daily Tar Heel: Why is this lesson important?
Morgan Mills: All students should be aware of the different forms of oppression that happen around us and the different levels that they happen at.
A lot of people think they’re aware or think that the tunnel of oppression doesn’t apply to them because they might not openly oppress others. There are ways that people impact others that they’re not aware of. One goal of this event is awareness.
DTH: What are ways in which students oppress others without realizing it?
MM: One good example is simply not doing anything or not saying anything when they see other people being oppressed.