After meeting with Hillary Clinton multiple times this year and once last week, Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson has decided to endorse the Democratic nominee for president.
On Wednesday Mckesson wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post explaining that although he doesn’t agree with Clinton on everything, he has decided to back her anyway.
“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.”
In his op-ed, Mckesson urged Clinton to call for the end of the death penalty, end the federal government’s “Equitable Sharing program” and address the treatment of nonviolent drug offenders as well as those who have been impacted by mass incarceration.
He then went on to tell people to vote against Donald Trump, saying the following about the Republican candidate:
Trump wants to take us back to a time when people like him could abuse other with little to no consequence, when people like him could exploit labor to build vast amounts of wealth, when people like him could create public policy that specifically benefited them, while suppressing the rights and social mobility of others.
When Trump says, “Make America Great Again,” he is referring to an era when people were singled out and harmed because of their race and religious beliefs, and when violent enforcement of Jim Crow masqueraded as the will of the people.
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