Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Quote of the Day

One of the many unintended consequences of the [Black Lives Matter] movement has been opening up space for talking about the complexity of black identity and [how] blackness is not monolithic. It’s so many things to so many people. People have different identities. We’re talking about the trans community in public in ways that we haven’t before.

As a gay black man it’s important to me to show up – that I’m able to show up as my whole self, in every space that I’m in, because that’s how I’m able to be the most true to who I am.

– DeRay Mckesson
Excerpted from Michelangelo Signorile's article,
"DeRay Mckesson, Baltimore Mayoral Candidate,
on His Sexuality and Black Lives Matter
The Huffington Post
April 1, 2016

Above: DeRay Mckesson in Ferguson, MO
in the summer of 2014.

Related Off-site Links:
Why DeRay Mckesson Matters – Janet Mock (The Advocate, February 25, 2016).
“I Didn’t Want That to Be the Story About Mike Brown”: Meet the Man Showing America the Real Ferguson Story – Sarah Jaffe (Slate, December 8, 2014).
John Waters and Jack'd Endorse DeRay Mckesson for Baltimore Mayor – Daniel Reynolds (The Advocate, March 30, 2016).
After leading in Black Lives Matter, DeRay Mckesson Finds Himself Trailing in His Bid to Become Baltimore Mayor – Hunter Walker (Yahoo! News, April 26, 2016).

UPDATES: DeRay Mckesson is Famous. Here’s Why That Didn’t Sway Baltimore Voters – Julia Craven (HuffPost Black Voices, April 27, 2016).
Black Lives Matter Activist Picked for Schools PostBaltimore Brew, June 29, 2016).
DeRay McKesson Arrested During Baton Rouge Black Lives Matter Protest – Lilly Workneh (HuffPost Black Voices, July 10, 2016).
DeRay McKesson Sues Baton Rouge Police Over Protest Arrests – Reuters via HuffPost Black Voices August 4, 2016).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Remembering Prince, "Fabulous Freak, Defiant Outsider, Dark Dandy" – 1958-2016
Something to Think About – December 29, 2015
Quote of the Day – November 25, 2015
"We Are All One" – #Justice4Jamar and the 4th Precinct Occupation: Photos, Reflections and Links
An Update on #Justice4Jamar and the 4th Precinct Occupation
Rallying in Solidarity with Eric Garner and Other Victims of Police Brutality
Quote of the Day – June 19, 2015
"Say Her Name" Solidarity Action for Sandra Bland
In Minneapolis, Rallying in Solidarity with Black Lives in Baltimore
Thoughts on Prayer in a "Summer of Strife"

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