DeRay Mckesson’s national book tour received a less-than-warm reception from at least one Ferguson activist this week.
A video posted Thursday on Twitter shows Mckesson being heckled for purportedly exaggerating his role as an activist for Ferguson residents and is taking advantage of the real activists to promote himself. The social media post did not show how many people took part in the heckling, though only one voice is heard in the video, nor where the protest took place.
Reached by phone, Mckesson confirmed the incident but said he didn’t have time to talk about it.
The Baltimore native originally garnered fame for his role in the Black Lives Matter movement. He is currently touring the country promoting his recently released book “On the Other Side of Freedom.” The book features a dozen essays, each beginning with a personal recollection and shares ideas for solving social ills.
The week before the book’s debut, Mckesson chatted with the Sun about topics as varied as the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, his troubled but improving relationship with his mother and how he’d reform city police and school departments.