Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson has announced publicly that he is backing Hillary Clinton for president.
In an op-ed with The Washington Post, DeRay explained his reasoning, even citing Shirley Chisholm, social injustice, his fight in cities like St. Louis and Baltimore, the end of the federal government’s “Equitable Sharing Program,” and more.
McKesson notes that: “I agree with Clinton more than I disagree with her.”
Below is an excerpt from his op-ed.
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.
He warned against people voting for Donald Trump in the hopes that his administration brings a “productive apocalypse.”
I often hear some of my peers say that they may not vote, that a Donald Trump presidency would bring about a productive apocalypse — that the system would grind to a halt and force us to confront everything that is wrong with the system. But 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.
Last Friday Clinton had a meeting with Mckesson and Brittany Packnett, who is another Black Lives Matter activist who has also endorsed Clinton.
You can read McKesson’s full write-up here.
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