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Black Lives Matter Activist Endorses Clinton

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Prominent police brutality protester Deray Mckesson endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in an essay for The Washington Post.

“I voted my entire life, and I was still tear-gassed in the streets of St. Louis and Baltimore,” Mckesson wrote. “I voted my entire life, and those votes did not convict the killers of Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray or Michael Brown. But elections do have consequences.”

Mckesson continued: “The next president will continue to shape the trajectory of justice and landscape of opportunity in this country. She will be responsible for how trillions of dollars in federal funding are spent, decide how to ensure both liberty and security in an increasingly interconnected world and determine the path forward on health care and Social Security. I am voting for Hillary Clinton.”

McKesson was living in Minnesota and working as a charter school administrator in Minnesota when he traveled to Ferguson, Missouri in late August 2014 -- nearly two weeks after locals there had been protesting the police shooting death of unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown, according to Essence. But despite his late arrival and not being from the area, Mckesson became nationally known for his tweets that documented the protests and controversial police actions against protesters.

Since then, Mckesson has been the subject of numerous magazine and newspaper profiles, he has been invited to appear on several TV shows, he was invited to the White House several times, and even ran a failed campaign for mayor of Baltimore, his hometown.

As a prominent voice on police brutality and racial injustice, Mckesson explained his choice for Clinton on those terms.

“Her 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 wrote. “It acknowledges the need to establish new restrictions on police use of force and militarization, invest in treatment and rehabilitation as alternatives to police and prisons, and protect and expand the right to vote.”

And according to Mckesson, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promotes policies that are racist.

“When Trump says, 'Make America great again,' he is referencing 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,” the activist wrote. 

Sources: The Washington Post, Essence / Photo credit: Brandon Chew/NPR

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