By Guy Page
The following is a transcript of the not-quite-two minute testimony Todd LaCroix delivered at the Monday, August 14 Burlington City Council meeting. As reported by Kolby LaMarche in his “Burning Sky” column today, his speech was stopped when former city councilor Rachel Siegel grabbed the microphone from him.
Like all members of the public, LaCroix was allotted two minutes. Siegel interrupted his speech about half-way through his second minute. No protest of her action was heard from the Council, the crowd, or anyone except LaCroix himself. The exchange can be seen beginning near the one hour, 10 minute mark on Town Meeting TV.
Edited lightly for readability, LaCroix said:
“There is so much hypocrisy going around in America. I can’t even stand it. There’s hypocrisy every which way we look. I see so much selective outrage every which way from people like you and people like you
I see people being hypocrites. How many times have you called somebody an anti-semite because they called you out for being corrupt? Now you’re experiencing something similar. Black people and everybody in America do the same thing. (audience objections heard)
They do! I’m married to a black woman and my divorce was a nightmare in this America because I had to deal with black Supremacy and white supremacy. You see how vehement it gets when you even want to talk about the problems.
Right! Nobody wants to call out the facts that all of the people almost in the last few years that have threatened me… (Siegel grabs microphone, appeals to city council)….“They want to shut me up! I can’t even get through my statement because I’m getting assaulted for calling people out for the same hypocrisies. [Call for recess. Paul heard to say ‘yeah’].
“I don’t see the police officer stopping her from assaulting me because the police are also assaulting me and I don’t see any black people caring about my assaults. I’ve been told that for years. I started Occupy Wall Street. Black Lives Matter in the last five years… I got treated like I [expletive]. I married a black woman and my children are half black and this is a disgrace what we’ve become in this country. The division. The hypocrisy.”
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