Columbia, MO. — Organizers of a recent Ferguson protest at the University of Missouri requested “only people of color” take part in the event’s “die-in,” one element of a larger demonstration that prompted at least two classes to be shelved so students could participate.

“During the demonstration we will hold a ‘die-in’ in the student center. We are asking that only people of color be the ones to do so,” event organizers stated in an email obtained by The College Fix. “We are asking non-people of color to stand holding hands in solidarity.”

“The ‘die-in’ is meant to represent black bodies that are killed unjustly. It was requested that others stand in a circle holding hands,” student Ebony Francis told The College Fix in a telephone interview.

Tuesday afternoon’s rally attracted hundreds of students and faculty and lasted more than 90 minutes as participants vented frustration over the decision by a grand jury to not indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown.

(At right, a photo taken at the University of Missouri’s protest)

The “die-in” – a play on “sit-in demonstrations” popular at universities – was 4 1/2 minutes of silence to represent the 4 1/2 hours Brown lay dead in the street after Wilson shot him. During the die-in, a large group of black students laid on the ground, although a couple of white students still took partdespite organizers’ instructions.

According to comments on social media, at least two classes were essentially canceled so students could take part in the demonstration, which began with a “walk-out.”

Organizers asked the campus community to leave “classrooms and offices with their hands up and meet us in the Student Center at 12:00pm to move in solidarity and inform this campus and our community that we will not tolerate injustice against black and brown lives,” according to organizers’ email.

Junior Daniel Beaman told The College Fix his psychology class was shelved Tuesday as a result. He said his professor invited students to participate in the walk out and, although the scholar did not leave the classroom, did not offer a lecture.

“I paid for my class. I don’t want to cut it short, so I don’t want to leave early unless I absolutely have to,” Beaman said in a telephone interview.

When asked what he thought of organizers’ stipulation that only people of color be involved in the “die-in,” Beaman, who is white, said “if they are trying to make a message that is against racism, I think they may have failed. The email makes it appear as if white people are not victims of police brutality. Like it’s only a black issue.”

During the protest, organized by representatives from the Legion of Black Collegians, MU NAACP, and MU4MikeBorwn, participants chanted slogans such as “Black lives matter!” and “No racist police. No justice! No Peace!” and read the names of black people who have been killed in acts of violence by police and civilians.

Senior Naomi Daugherty, student leader for MU4MikeBrown, gave a speech that included a “white privilege checklist,” citing examples of instances where whites received advantages not afforded to black people.

“If you aren’t afraid to bring children into this world because they might be killed for being black, you have white privilege,” she said, according to the Missourian.

The University of Missouri is not the only campus at which white students have been asked not to play a role in Ferguson demonstrations. “White folks” in Massachusetts were asked to keep their hands down at a campus walkout Monday afternoon, Campus Reform reports.

College Fix contributor Christopher White is a University of Missouri graduate student and an editorial assistant for The College Fix.


  • Kenneth 3 weeks ago

    Is that not reverse decimation???

  • Bobby Riffle 3 weeks ago

    Fuck them, I wouldn’t be a part of that childish Bullshit ANYWAY!! I don’t agree with the new York GRAND JURY but trayvon, and brown got what they deserved, and can you imagine how bad it stinks there? Rotten vanilla!!

    • mommabird 3 weeks ago

      good men died for desegregation and It seems the black race wises they hadent? SO DID THEY DIE IN VAIN? DAMN GET OVER IT THIS BULLSHIT IS OLD NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Confused 3 weeks ago

    What is a “non-person of color”?

  • Roger Bryson 3 weeks ago

    People say white people are racist, but this prove that black people are the racist ones they say they want justice, well your peers of color said that the two cops were right so heres your justice either stop killinf each other and acting ignorant to everyone, or just kill yourselves faster cause black on black violence is 93 percent of all crime

  • sherry queen 3 weeks ago

    Let the cry babies that are the descrimanators have there bull sh$@ of an excuse go they know why they are really doing this is cause Christmas is so close they need presents just saying

  • john 3 weeks ago

    What a bunch of racists. This is some BS. Yes show solidItty for a CROOK, who committed a robbery. Mike BROWN IS DEAD becuase of Mike browns actions. Not the color of his skin. If Mike Brown was white and attacked a cop in the same way. Person would be dead also. #hands up crap is just that, crap. It’s something crooks Do. In this case if he actually did that he probably wouldn’t be dead. #RESPECTMYAUTHORITY

  • Gloria Blackwell 3 weeks ago

    Here ya go….do a reverse demonstation list names of whites that are mugged, raped, robbed from terrorized, and just cold bloodedly murdered by the blacks….but our list is longer than yours!!!!

    • 3 weeks ago

      AMEN Sister!!!

  • 3 weeks ago

    Sounds racist…

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  • Don 3 weeks ago

    I think this is the making of a lynch mob formimg.

  • Megalith 3 weeks ago

    The country was built by black slavery? Wow, how did the slaves ever learn about architecture, metallurgy, smithing, masonry, ect, ect? You know, all those skills that take years to learn and are needed to build factories, machinery, equipment, roads, trains, and so on and so forth. Why don’t the protesters also bring up all of the southern black slave owners while they’re pushing their lies?

  • victor 3 weeks ago

    I am sick of reading this crap in the news .That is reverse discrimination if that is the case i think we should have all white college’s and all white tv stations , just like the black people get.

  • CP 3 weeks ago

    These life spoiled kids, still wet behind the ears, have been brainwashed by a PC, progressive agendized educational system. They know nothing of life, reality, relativity or proportionality! They need a cut in their allowance and a few years living and working in the inner city!

  • linda 3 weeks ago

    Africa was built on black slavery and it is still using slavery today. I’m a woman and we as females are still being beaten by husbands, kidnapped, sold as sex slaves, are prostituted out killed by pimps the percentage of black pimps out number white pimps. So I should go set fire to an inocent business ownes shop because a woman was killed by a policeman while trying to harm him? Stupied isn’t it.
    The protesters to me are thugs and looters. Shame on all of you

  • Kelly 3 weeks ago

    Equality through segregation!!! FTW!!!


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