A Monday vigil held by University of Missouri (MU) student in honor of Orlando shooting victims was transformed into a racial protest that vilified white people for not supporting Black Lives Matter, a newly-released video reveals.
During the vigil, held in front of Boone County Courthouse in Columbia, Missouri, MU graduate Tiffany Melecio came up to speak and began chastising the mostly-white audience for caring more about LGBT issues than racial justice.
“I was really nervous to get up here, because there’s a lot of white people in the crowd,” Melecio says in the video. “That wasn’t a joke.”
“I wish this many people came out to our racial demonstrations and our Black Lives Matter movement,” she adds later. “As much as it is awesome that there’s so many people here today, but it’s, like, who are you really here for?”
During her remarks, Melecio also read off facts about prejudice against non-white LGBT people, which she said white people probably wouldn’t know, “because you’re white.”
Some attendees applauded Melecio’s remarks, but a few reacted angrily. (RELATED: Mizzou Has A Huge Budget Gap After Caving To Protests)
“We are here to be uniting, not dividing, which is what you are doing now,” shouted Carl Brizendine, a gay man who was attending the vigil with his husband, a history student at MU. Brizendine’s remarks drew boos from many attendees.
“I love you so much right now, for getting up here, when so often your voice is unshared and it doesn’t matter,” MU Multicultural Center Coordinator Stephanie Hernandez Rivera said on stage, denouncing Brizendine and winning applause from the crowd. “If you feel uncomfortable with the fact the people who are murdered are Latino people, that is a personal problem. You cannot be an ally to a single person, or a part of a person.”
Brizendine and his husband walked out of the event, and spoke to The College Fix afterwards about what happened.
“Right here on this stage, they are segregating us as a community,” Brizendine said. “They are making it a racial issue.”
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