Thank you for this DeRay.

I had an opportunity to work with Shaun as did another writer (who I will not name without her consent). We both decided against it after a short discussion amongst ourselves. We felt that despite our platforms not being very big, and the opportunity would have helped us individually, it just wasn’t worth being connected to him in any way. Primarily because of how he treats Black women on social media.

While it’s easy to get behind him, as you mentioned, it’s much more difficult to be associated with any of his so-called movements. I never donated to any of his endeavors because they all seemed sketchy at best.

I’ll just keep building my platform the old-fashioned way on my own and with the help of vetted and known colleagues and friends. Thank you for all the work you do. You are a true role model.

Much love, DeRay Mckesson.

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