Black Lives Matter co-founder called out for tweet deemed racist

Legitimate to call out someone for using such language. There are other ways to express anger and advocate for justice and incendiary language does not help build support and consensus on needed change:

After the end of the Black Lives Matter occupation at police headquarters, the rhetoric of one of the group’s co-founders is causing a social media kerfuffle.

On Monday the two-week protest came to an end with a march on Queen’s Park, a brief meeting with Premier Kathleen Wynne, and a rally in the streets. But it’s a tweet from two months ago that has people talking.

On Tuesday, Newstalk 1010 host Jerry Agar posted online a photograph of a printout of a tweet from the account of Yusra Khogali.

“Plz Allah give me strength not to cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today. Plz plz plz,” read the tweet from February.

The Star could not independently confirm the tweet’s veracity; it is not publicly available, as her account is set to private.

Neither Khogali nor other organizers of the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter responded to repeated requests for comment on Tuesday.

In his initial post and later tweets, Agar called the sentiment racist.

Reaction online was mixed, with many calling Agar out for antagonizing the protest movement while others sympathized with his position.

Public relations consultant Marjorie Wallens suspects the general public is willing to forgive the group’s missteps given it’s a “not a professionally organized group that has sophisticated messaging.”

“Their passion is there and I think in the court of public opinion people would look at it and say, ‘Well, there’s an issue,’ ” she said. “It might be a bit more disorganized or some people may say inappropriate or incendiary things, but . . . they have gotten the attention of the various governments and the police.”

She added the Toronto demonstrations should “get points” for being relatively calm and contained.

“It’s a volatile situation and issue that could be incendiary as it has been shown in the U.S. to be,” she said.

Source: Black Lives Matter co-founder called out for tweet deemed racist | Toronto Star

About Andrew
Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

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