“Good riddance,” cried out a member of the audience as more than 70 students left the event hosted by UNC Christians United for Israel on Tuesday night.
Guest speaker, Dumisani Washington, stood speechless at the podium. The room was quiet, but he heard the message loud and clear.
“You could cut this tension with a knife,” Washington said.
Christians United for Israel, an organization that aims to combat anti-Semitism at UNC, invited Washington to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, specifically the controversial topic of Martin Luther King Jr.’s opinion of Israel.
The event was associated with a message of black solidarity with the Israel — a campaign supported by Washington. But with this stance came opposition from students who do not share the same views.
“As a black student, I wanted to make it clear that I did not agree with something like this,” sophomore Gabrielle Franklin said.
Senior Olivia Byrd, president of Christians United for Israel, said she thinks race might not play the role people think it does.