Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson endorses Clinton

SHARE Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson endorses Clinton

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson talks to the media after his release from the Baton Rouge jail in Baton Rouge, La. on July 10, 2016. McKesson, three journalists and more than 120 other people have been taken into custody in Louisiana over the past two days, authorities said Sunday, after protests over the fatal shooting of an African-American man by two white police officers in Baton Rouge. | AP Photo/Max Becherer

Less than a week after meeting with Hillary Clinton, Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson has endorsed her.

In an op-ed in The Washington Post Wednesday, Mckesson explained why he was finally backing Clinton. He has met with Clinton multiple times over the past year but has also made his disagreements with her known.

When Clinton started this campaign, she didn’t appear to understand the urgency of the need to address racism. When I first met with her in October 2015, she had not yet released comprehensive policy positions dealing with racial justice. She seemed slow to grasp why it was important to act with comprehensive proposed solutions. The unrest and activism over the last two years has undoubtedly pushed Clinton, specifically on key issues that she and other Democrats otherwise would not have addressed as forcefully as the party’s platform does: private prisons, an increased minimum wage, the role of institutional and implicit bias in sustaining unjust systems and acknowledging the need to address racism directly, to name a few. Clinton’s platform on racial justice is strong: It is informed by the policy failings of the past and is a vision for where we need to go.

Mckesson said he still doesn’t agree with Clinton on everything. In his op-ed, he urged her to call for the end of the death penalty, end the government Equitable Sharing programand address the treatment of nonviolent drug offenders and others who have been impacted by mass incarceration.

However, he added: “I agree with Clinton more than I disagree with her.”

He warned against people voting for Donald Trump in the hopes of a Trump administration bringing a “productive apocalypse.”

“We know that the system will not come to a grinding halt; it never has. In a Trump administration, the system would surely grind us, black and brown folks, even more than it already does,” Mckesson wrote.

Last Friday, Clinton had a meeting with Mckesson andBrittany Packnett. Packnett is another Black Lives Matter activist who has also endorsed Clinton.

The Latest
Offense has scored three runs in its last three losses to the Orioles, who entered Saturday’s game with a 4.10 ERA - 12th in the AL
“The risk to residents of suburban Cook County remains low, but we want individuals to be aware of the signs and symptoms of monkeypox so that they seek medical care if they develop,” said Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, CCDPH chief operating officer.
Hoerner has set career highs in RBI and home runs already this season.
The players are Andrew Vaughn, Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson, AJ Pollock and Luis Robert
The teen was on a sidewalk in the 1500 block of East 75th Street about 4:30 p.m. when someone inside a car fired shots, striking her in the arm.