Deray McKesson and Johnetta Elzie (ShordeeDooWhop) who helped whip up the Ferguson mobs were named by Fortune Magazine as two of the world’s greatest leaders.
DeRay came to St. Louis from Minnesota for the past several months to tweet out his anti-police “hands up” rhetoric night after night. It’s not clear who was paying him. ShordeeDooWhop and DeRay were two of the local protesters who were flown to New York City to help instigate the mob after the Eric Garner decision. It’s not clear who flew them there.
The Ferguson protest movement was all based on the lie that Michael Brown had his hands up and was surrendering when he was shot dead by Officer Darren Wilson.
In a list that included Pope Francis and tech billionaires, two Ferguson protesters were lauded as among the 50 “greatest leaders,” by Fortune magazine. Fortune described the people who made the list as “extraordinary men and women” who are “transforming business, government, philanthropy, and so much more.”
If by transforming businesses, Fortune means looting and burning them, no argument here. Deray McKesson and Johnetta Elzie helped whip up the Ferguson mobs that terrorized the city in service of a lie. Not that Fortune would tell readers that:
“After the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Mo., Mckesson left his school administrator job in Minneapolis to protest in St. Louis. He met Elzie at a medic training on how to respond to tear gas, and together they began to chronicle events in the shooting’s wake as they unfolded with breakneck speed. Their award-winning online newsletter, This Is the Movement, now has some 15,000 subscribers—and the two reach another 100,000 followers via Twitter. “My role here is just to amplify the message,” Mckesson tells Fortune. “We are two of many people.”
Fortune was careful to note that McKesson and Elzie were “prominent voices for nonviolent protest.” That must be comforting to the burned-out shop owners and the families of cops shot during protests. It must salve the wounds of the survivors of the two NYPD officers murdered by a man who posted on Instragram: “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours … let’s take 2 of theirs.”