‘Incredible’ man stares down student wearing MAGA cap at University of California vigil for New Zealand mosque massacre victims
- The vigil was taking place at the University of California, Santa Barbara
- Stand-off ensued as a speaker said racism is ‘tearing the world apart’
- The video echoes a similar incident at York University in Toronto on Monday
This is the tense moment an ‘incredible man’ stares down another man who wore a MAGA cap to a student vigil for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks last Friday.
The vigil was taking place at the University of California, Santa Barbara and was organized by the Muslim Student Association.
The bald-headed man in shorts and wearing a backpack stares intensely at the man wearing the cap as an announcer says over a PA system that ‘white supremacy is tearing the world apart’.
The two men face off at the vigil at the University of California, Santa Barbara
Standing with his hands joined, the man in the hat and blue shirt stares back as dozens of people paid their respects to the 51 terror victims.
Around 250 people, including community members, professors, vice chancellors, and university Chancellor Henry Yang, attended the gathering.
MAGA (Make America Great Again) was a the slogan of President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign but the hats have become the subject of controversy in recent months.
The two men barely flinched at the vigil in which 250 people were in attendance
People gather for prayers and to observe a two minutes of silence for victims of the twin mosques massacres at Hagley Park in Christchurch today
A man reacts near his children in front of floral tributes across the road at the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Tuesday
The video was shared by a Twitter-user called Jasmine Wablob and it shows the picture zooming towards the stand off.
The announcer, African history and history of Islam Professor Butch Ware, can be heard saying: ‘We will not stand idly by as racism and white supremacy tears this country and tears this world apart.’
Ms Wablob shared the video with the message: ‘Forgot to give a shout out to this incredible man who stared at the guy in the MAGA hat for the entire vigil :,) (volume up too).’
In a string of tweets she also made reference to the man in the cap, saying: ‘I hope you rot’.
The video echoes a similar incident at York University in Toronto on Monday where a man appeared at a vigil for the victims of the two shootings in New Zealand, again, wearing the red MAGA hat.
Video shows the young man in the red and white cap emblazoned with US President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan being confronted by fellow students after the vigil
Students accused the man, who has not been named, of intentionally provoking his classmates by wearing the cap to an event for the 49 victims of the Islamaphobic hate crime three days earlier.
Several onlookers then begin chanting ‘get out’ at the man. As he turns around to leave, a woman can be seen knocking the hat off his head.
In January, the hat was in the media glare again as an intense debate was sparked when students from a Catholic school in Kentucky showed up to a rally in Washington and appeared to mock Native Americans outside the Lincoln Memorial.