How DeRay Mckesson Turned Social Media Into a Powerful Tool for Social Justice

And harnessed Twitter to grow the Black Lives Matter movement

DeRay Mckesson is tweeting. More specifically, he's tweeting about the rapper Young Thug. We're sitting in a mostly empty Mexican restaurant inside the Dream Hotel on West 16th Street in New York, where we've been talking about the movement, about Black Lives Matter, about Campaign Zero, about his work for the Baltimore public schools, about his blue Patagonia vest, about Twitter, and community and relationships. It's a good conversation, one we're both engaged in. But there's a little problem. Young Thug is one of the only other people in the room, and at some point we're going to have to accept the fact that we're both distracted by his presence.