Hashtag Tells Civil Rights Activist To Leave Charleston
Civil rights activist DeRay McKesson woke up to a hashtag in Charleston Sunday calling on him to leave the South Carolina city. Posting “#GoHomeDeray,” Twitter users declared that McKesson wasn’t welcome there following the death of nine people in a Bible study shooting Wednesday evening.
McKesson, who helped organize protests in Ferguson and Baltimore, recently moved to St. Louis and went to Charleston after last week’s deadly attack. It appears that the hashtag first targeted him earlier this month when he went to McKinney, Texas after police violently broke up a pool party. The hashtag later took off in Charleston after the New York-based @ used it on Friday.
Others on Twitter have used the hashtag to accuse McKesson of causing violence in Ferguson and Baltimore. But given McKesson’s robust Twitter following of almost 160,000, the hashtag ignited a swift response with some accusing those who used #GoHomeDeray of being racist, insensitive and fearful of black activism.
On Sunday, the hashtag was among the top trending in the country.
— deray mckesson (@deray) June 21, 2015
— Palmetto Princess ن (@CarolinaQueen__) June 20, 2015
responding to a white supremacist massacre with a hashtag attacking a black activist is NOT "love & grace" #GoHomeDeray
— ■*patrick voice*■ (@CHLoRiN3) June 21, 2015
#GoHomeDeray isn't just about DeRay. It's blanket opposition to black ppl becoming politically engaged enough to change things
— Death Muffin 2 (@FarajiDC) June 21, 2015
— #JeSuisCharleston (@OTSWST) June 21, 2015