TCF – A vigil Monday planned by several University of Missouri student organizations was supposed to honor victims of Sunday morning’s deadly shooting rampage in a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
It turned into a blame session against Mizzou’s LGBTQ community for not being intersectional enough.
Pop quiz hotshot (“Speed” voice) – what’s the quickest way to lose as much support for your movement as humanly possible with one action?
Answer – interrupt a vigil for the Orlando nightclub shooting victims to shame everyone there for not coming to enough of your protests. Yell at everyone paying their respects to the lives of 50 people tragically murdered in a horrible crime for not doing the same thing, or with the same intensity and amount of tears, for college students attacked by poop swastikas.
At the event outside the Boone County Courthouse in Columbia, Mizzou graduate and activist Tiffany Melecio chastised the crowd for putting the interests of the LGBTQ community above those of “people of color.”
“I wish this many people came out to our racial demonstrations and our Black Lives Matter movement,” Melecio told the crowd, which The Columbia Missourian estimated at more than 800.
“Those are things you don’t consider when you are white or when you are an American,” said Melecio, a former staffer for the Missourian. She recalled fumbling over Spanish, her non-native language, when she came out as bisexual to her Spanish-speaking mother from Guatemala. Her family is Guatemalan and Puerto Rican.
“I’m tired of the black and white dichotomy we hear when we talk about race,” Melecio said. “We never take the time to talk about the shades [of skin] in between – like mine.”
“As much as it is awesome that there’s so many people here today, but it’s, like, who are you really here for?” said Melecio.
There’s a time and a place for everything…and this is literally the worst of both.