Best Lightning Rod: DeRay Mckesson

So his run for mayor was a bit of a flop; he won only 2.6 percent of the vote in the primaries. Much of the pushback DeRay Mckesson got was from locals who saw him as an outsider. Yeah, yeah, he has 330,000 followers on Twitter, locals said, but what has he done for us lately? Mckesson has a profound understanding of the systemic problems that plague urban America and, obviously, as one of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, rightly focuses on police brutality, but local community leaders worried that his knowledge of our city was superficial and running a massive bureaucracy would be brand new territory. Still, it’s good to see that Mckesson is sticking around to be the interim chief of human capital. at Baltimore City Public Schools. Here’s a chance for him to show us what he’s capable of. Can he and Sonja Santelises turn our fucked up schools around? Do that, then get back to us about this mayoral gig.

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