Ever since a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a new generation of American activism has emerged, which has slowly been building its own ethos and piecing together a way to articulate exactly how it says the criminal justice system has failed them.
After a night of protests and rioting in Baltimore, President Obama on Tuesday also said the nation needs some soul-searching on the issue. “We can’t just leave this to the police,” he said.
Without a doubt, DeRay McKesson, a Minneapolis native, is one of this movement’s most influential leaders. He tweets relentlessly, and people listen to him and follow his direction.
McKesson moved to St. Louis in the wake of the protests that followed Brown’s death in nearby Ferguson. But since making that move, he has followed the movement across the map, up till today, where he finds himself in…
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