Social media is yet again targeting civil rights activist and public figure DeRay McKesson for his efforts to bring awareness to racial injustice.
DeRay’s notoriety picked up in early 2015 when he quit his job and moved to Ferguson, Missouri to become a full-time activist in the wake of the murder of unarmed Black teenager Mike Brown who was fatally shot multiple times by White police officer Mike Brown in August of 2014.
Deray has since become a notable figure in the #BlackLivesMatter movement and most made headlines by appearing on well-known political commentator Sean Hannity’s popular radio show as well as on a CNN panel with Wolf Blitzer. DeRay has most recently been vocal about the Emmanuel AME church shooting in South Carolina that left 9 African-American church members dead at the hands of a racist 21-year-old White man. In light of his activism, a #GoHomeDeRay hashtag has gone viral on social media.
— deray mckesson (@deray) June 21, 2015
— Barb (@3BarbaraSC) June 22, 2015
The hashtag was rightfully met with cricitism from many and DeRay himself even spoke about it, saying that the trend is even more evidence of the racist undertones plaguing America today.
— A Name to be Entered (@frankieciv608) June 22, 2015
So #GoHomeDeray is white people telling a black man he’s not welcome in their town because… there is no racism? Racists, failing at irony.
— Everyone’s Grudge (@paulengelhard) June 21, 2015
What are your thoughts on DeRay’s activism, Clutchettes?