DeRay Mckesson is still best known as one of the most visible members of the Black Lives Matter movement, although he did strike out in a new direction when he chose to run in the Democratic primary to replace departing Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Mckesson defied expectations by securing 2.5 percent of the vote, with 3,077 people casting their ballots for him. If he’s to be believed, that’s about 16,000 people fewer than he’s blocked on Twitter.

Mckesson, wearing his trademark blue vest (in June, in California), spoke Wednesday at Recode’s CodeCon with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who sported a nifty #StayWoke T-shirt.

So many haters! Mckesson told a sympathetic Dorsey that he’s blocked 19,000 people on Twitter.


The revelation comes as no surprise, as “Blocked by DeRay” had become a badge of honor well before he spoke at CodeCon.


Mckesson’s blocking of a small city’s worth of people would be amusing if he weren’t also collaborating closely with Valerie Jarrett on the administration’s push for criminal justice reform, infusing it with ideas gleaned from the Black Lives Matter protests in Ferguson and elsewhere. How many thousand “haters” can one block and still be seriously considered “a vocal Twitter leader for all kinds of social issues?”