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Sunday was a sad day on social media when it came to 3 prominent Black Lives Matter activists publicly going at it. Shaun King, Deray Mckesson and Johnetta Elzie decided to air each other’s dirty laundry all over the Twitter streets.

King alleged McKesson said he was tired of working with Elzie and other women in the Black Lives Matter movement.

Elzie alleged King stole money from his now defunct organization.

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And Mckesson also insinuated that there was something fishy going on with King and his role in his organization.

But King was the only one to bring receipts to the Twitter beef party.

So messy. It was so messy. But as the saying goes, there’s always a little truth in every lie, but who knows who’s telling the truth in this situation. Either way, it looks like there are a couple of egos too big to fit into the world of social media.

Beefs happen. They’re pretty much a way of life. And when they happen, what better way to deal with them than to make fun of them? And that’s exactly what happened on the hashtag #CivilRightsTwitter.

The ingenious members of Black Twitter wondered how would Malcolm or Martin tweet. Who’s DMs would Huey Newton slide into? And what kind of trouble would Jesse Jackson get into had Twitter been around.

And so magic happened:

And then this happened:

Sometimes you gotta laugh, to keep from crying.

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  • Chazz A

    This immature foolishness should have taken place in private. They need to squash the beef and get back to business!

  • No lives matter.

    Please read in full before you dismiss me as a troll.

    No lives matter in a system where the top 1% earn collectively more than the bottom 99% combined. No lives matter in a media system where the lowest common denominator of civil, bordering on barbaric, society is promoted and subsequent bad behavior is consistently rewarded. No lives matter when we are blatantly ignoring our brothers and sisters abroad struggling under the same root of colonialism and white supremacy and disrespecting our own people at home. No lives matter when we let a few twitter personalities speak on behalf of the “movement”. No lives matter when we aren’t actively working to reverse the effects of climate change that threaten the few resources that we can even gather ourselves. No lives matter when we ignore ongoing events including the crisis in Burundi and waste time and energy on useless articles like this (hence the reason why I feel the need to comment). Further, no lives matter if we can cite past historical infighting within movements as “evidence” or “proof” that it is futile and/ormisguided to ask the people who represent us (with verified twitter accounts) to DO BETTER! So we can’t learn from the past then?

    Simply put the current capitalist system does not give room for human beings to “matter” on a default. Yes some matter “more” than others, but it’s all an illusion. There is no room for love in a system wherein literally everything can be capitalized. We are all numbers. We are consistently bought and paid for, and nothing is what it seems. Thus, the only solution is to rebuild from the ground up. We have got to stop wasting time, climate change is causing us, the MOST VULNERABLE facet of the GLOBAL society to be increasingly at risk for complete pulverization. We MUST gather our own resources: food, shelter, clothing, land and teach our own people the trades. We must convert decrepit urban housing into useful spaces where we can build, grow and educate. We need to better ourselves spiritually, healthwise and sustainably speaking and we must reach across false borders because at the end of the day , we as global black citizens share a common root. To ignore this is to actively participate in our own demise.

    We don’t need a slogan. We know black lives matter. We need to work within the system to create our own system. That’s the only way. We can tweet, rally and cry forever and NOTHING, I mean NOTHING substantial will get accomplished because the threat of our legacy as black people and the African diaspora is bigger than police brutality or affirmative action or domestic civil issues in general. A few opportunists will gather thousands of followers, take a few selfies, interrupt speeches, appear on CNN and to what end?

    Nothings changed.

    We need to get right collectively and stop playing follow the ‘leader’. Otherwise there’s no hope.

    Hate to sound pessimistic but I’m honestly tired of the blindness to the wider context of our struggle.

    • livluvlaff

      There are so many relevant points here.

  • Not Playin Witchu Piggy

    Perhaps Shaun King was planted in the organization to help divide them and derail the entire movement???? Its unlikely that Deray, Netta, Alicia or anyone else is going to let everything fall apart, Shawn seems most vested in the destruction of it based on his history of failed projects #ConspiracyTheory #Cointelpro #ShadyGovt

    • livluvlaff

      I am not sure if SK was a plant but I do think after several shady incidents including calling himself black knowing full well he is white was enough for me. He should have been vetted a little bit more to make sure he was genuinely there for the cause and not the notoriety.

    • i mean

      I think Netta is the plant. She stays getting into arguments on Twitter, and makes the movement look bad. I am hopeful some other Black women step up, because she is a problem, I had to unfollow her.She then had the nerve to say SK was cointelpro. Like baby girl, Imma need you actually look up what cointelpro actually was. It was people who looked like us, who were constantly starting fights and division.