Deray McKesson (@deray) and Johnetta Elzie (@nettaaaaaaaa). They made their entrance onto the scene in Ferguson shortly after the protests for Michael Brown started and The Movement was in full swing. Initially they teamed up and provided a newsletter. From an outsiders perspective they were inseparable, at one point suggesting to social media they might even date. Shortly after McKesson, along with Wade were exposed by hackers to have dressed in drag. McKesson later on pushed a pro LGBT agenda and admitted to being homosexual. The details only being important as how they presented themselves to the media during a time of crisis.
The pair helped prop the Black Lives Matter organization, over the grassroots Movements in Ferguson immediately following the verdict that Darren Wilson would not face charges. McKesson, Elzie, Charles Wade and Shaun King were the main activists on social media (Twitter) propping the Black Lives Matter brand. Local activists were still unaware the slogan being pushed was anything more than that. Little did Ferguson residents know, Black Lives Matter would be the company used to steal their momentum and funding through re-branding and allow outside interest to dictate their local politics.
Tuesday we released our initial article Black Lives Matter COINTEL Exposed; The Introduction. After being questioned online since its release, McKesson and Elzie have both renounced being affiliated with Black Lives Matter (BLM). The announcements came after being asked specifically, “What does BLM do with the money that’s donated?” Immediately following the question they stated they aren’t affiliated with the brand. That’s after helping prop the brand in Ferguson over the grassroots Movements being formed. Over The Movement, the brand they also tried to claim affiliation to, due to its online presence during the protests. Both activists used the BLM brand to land new jobs, solicit donations, and gain leverage in the wake of the Michael Brown killing. Other groups were blackballed from media, or co-opted into the Black Lives Matter brand. They appeared in the media as leaders of BLM. The covers of magazines and articles identified them as Black Lives Matter leaders. Both supported the Soros funded brand over the local grassroots brand and over #TheMovement, knowing the distinctions and clearly placing allegiance. At the time, The Movement and Ferguson activists were working in unison, the hashtags helped provide exposure, and safety to protesters in that city, and nationwide. Black Lives Matter was still trying to enter onto the scene, it wasn’t until immediately after the verdict that they became leaders of anything, and they did it through media, not on the ground in Ferguson. Many Ferguson activists stated that Deray stood with media during the protests, and did not participate in them.
We’re unsure exactly which Movement Deray and Johnetta believe they represent. We haven’t seen them use their own hashtags, or represent their own Movements outside of Black Lives Matter since early on in Ferguson. They had a hashtag they pushed during the protests, but it did not have the traffic of #TheMovement, #Ferguson, or #BlackLivesMatter. Outside activists were being told not to use the #Ferguson hashtag as they began organizing. #TheMovement hashtag was monitored daily to keep out the COINTEL that is expected during a revolution. Both were identified and told not to use the brand. After being denied from The Movement and Ferguson, the pair used the Black Lives Matter brand as credibility to launch their actorvist careers. Everyone from the media, to universities identified the pair as Black Lives Matter. Neither had a role in starting The Movement, or BLM.
The abrupt departure from the Black Lives Matter network raises many more questions as to how exactly BLM rose to prominence during Ferguson. Most of the activists in Ferguson were unfamiliar with the 3 Black Lives Matter founders, and there is no Black Lives Matter chapter in Ferguson, where they claim to have been leaders. We will have more updates once we find out exactly what movement McKesson and Elzie represent.