He went as far as to say that looting, which involves robbing people and places, to be a “righteous tactic.”
— deray mckesson (@deray) October 3, 2015
He also had students read an essay, which elaborated on his theme. It was called “In Defense of Looting.”
McKesson spoke to Fox News and was given the opportunity to apologize for his words. But instead he doubled down.
He compared looting to that seminal act of patriotism, the Boston Tea Party:
“The relationship and tension between protest and property destruction is something that America has grappled with since the Revolutionary War and the Boston Tea Party.”
Kyle Olson, founder of education reform blog EAGnews.org, defied the activist’s comparison:
“There is zero justification for stealing private property and destroying a family’s livelihood, which is what occurred countless times in Ferguson, Baltimore, and elsewhere,” he said.
“But that’s apparently what passes as an example of ‘transformational leadership’ at the Yale Divinity School.”
A Yale Divinity School official defended McKesson and his lecture:
“We believe it’s important for students to examine a wide range of viewpoints and ideas.”
We meet with Hillary tomorrow AM. I’m looking forward to the convo & hopeful the convo will influence her platform. https://t.co/BYtKed6gJr
— deray mckesson (@deray) October 8, 2015