DeRay Mckesson is a prominent Black Lives Matter activist. He’s also the interim human capital officer for Baltimore City schools. “Some” “critics” have a problem with that.
On Saturday, Mckesson was arrested at a protest in Baton Rouge over the police killing of Alton Sterling, an arrest he maintains was “unlawful.” On Tuesday, he was back in Baltimore for a school board meeting.
According to WJZ, “[s]ome are saying his activism doesn’t mix well with his role as a school official.” Who exactly? The coverage doesn’t say.
Fox Baltimore names only City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young as among “critics who have said that [Mckesson’s] work on the front lines of such protests may be inappropriate for a City Schools official.” But even Young said he ultimately respects the school board’s hiring decision, and has “no comment” on Mckesson’s arrest.
The district itself released a statement Monday voicing its support for Mckesson’s right to protest “[in] his private capacity as an individual involved in community activism.”
But to any critics — whether real or hypothetical — Mckesson has offered a response: “My commitment to kids is unwavering, and my commitment to social justice is unwavering, and those commitments are not in conflict.”
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