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.
Cool shirt! Only 3% of Twitter employees are black or Latino! pic.twitter.com/SxaA5nXGf7
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) June 1, 2016
— Ellen Pao (@ekp) June 1, 2016
So many haters! Mckesson told a sympathetic Dorsey that he’s blocked 19,000 people on Twitter.
— Jessica Yellin (@JessicaYellin) June 1, 2016
— Recode (@Recode) June 1, 2016
The revelation comes as no surprise, as “Blocked by DeRay” had become a badge of honor well before he spoke at CodeCon.
— Right Wing Raven (@KazeSkyz) May 24, 2016
If you give deray or Arthur Chu the heebie jeebies you get blocked by like 500 people you've never spoken to
— Baseball Dank (@Detroit_Dongs) May 25, 2016
@deray blocked me because I pointed out a fact he had no answer for.
— Philosopher King (@JonesyKrueger) May 23, 2016
— #NeverTrumpOrHillary (@ImFarToTheRight) May 24, 2016
— dancingdelilah (@dancingdelilah) May 24, 2016
Also blocked by Deray, #blessed
— Matt (@LukeBryanSucks_) May 23, 2016
— Fred Wimpy (@fredwimpy) May 12, 2016
— Soul Watcher (@lisecob) May 12, 2016
— Hotep Lex Luthor (@Shadowsteppah) May 7, 2016
— ♥ Gizmo ♥ (@Lilcuteybunny) May 14, 2016
— Schnippity Schnap (@CrippityCrab) May 12, 2016
— Cruz'n Grandma (@CoFemale) May 14, 2016
I'm blocked by Deray, Netta, & now Shaun King. It's like collecting trading cards.
— Hoodson (@hoodsonco) May 6, 2016
How has @deray not blocked me yet
— El Chupanutria (@heyitsurban) May 1, 2016
Deray hasn't blocked me yet so as far as I'm concerned I'm not that problematic.
— Zeke (@flippedhatnupe) June 1, 2016
I've got a couple accounts that haven't been blocked by deray. Who wants to troll him?
— General'Sarcasm (@EmperorSarcasm) May 25, 2016
— Right Wing Raven (@KazeSkyz) May 13, 2016
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?”