It’s official: DeRay Mckesson is running for Mayor of Baltimore

posted at 10:01 am on February 4, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

I’ve yet to see a good headline featuring Black Lives Matter spokesperson DeRay Mckesson which wasn’t good for a chuckle in some form or another. This week is no exception as we learn that the former middle school substitute teacher has tossed his hat in the ring to replace Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as the Mayor of Baltimore. (Baltimore Sun)

In a surprise move, civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson jumped into the already crowded contest for Baltimore mayor Wednesday night, shaking up the Democratic field minutes before the deadline to file.

“Baltimore is a city of promise and possibility,” the Black Lives Matter member told The Baltimore Sun. “We can’t rely on traditional pathways to politics and the traditional politicians who walk those paths if we want transformational change.”

He said he planned to release a platform within a week. He said it would include a call for internal school system audits to be made public.

DeRay joins an already crowded field hoping for a lucrative government job. Plenty of people are hoping to win the Democrat primary (which is essentially the general election in Baltimore since they would never consider electing a Republican, presumably because things have gone so well under the Democrats) and the field includes Sheila Dixon. In case you don’t recall that name, she’s the former mayor who Rawlings-Blake replaced after she was convicted of embezzlement. But hey… let’s not let a little thing like that stop us from giving her a second look, right? The field also includes Nick J. Mosby. If that name sounds familiar it’s because he’s the husband of Marilyn Mosby, the woman who has done such a bang up job of prosecuting her own city’s police officers in the Freddie Gray case.

DeRay should be a good fit in this crowd. After all, he’s a lecturer at Yale who teaches a course featuring reading material such as, The Problem of Whiteness. When you fold that in with a career as a substitute teacher and regular feature on MSNBC talking about rioting, you have a world class resume of someone prepared to take on the massive budget challenges of a nearly bankrupt city and the social unrest which regularly threatens to see it burned to the ground. He’s also been a resident of Baltimore “for several months” now so he’s got the favorite son thing going for him. And how would DeRay deal with the whole police situation?

Mckesson, 30, a Baltimore native and former public school administrator here and in Minnesota, is part of a team called Campaign Zero, which seeks to end police killings in America. The group wants to end “broken windows” policing, increase community oversight of police and limit use of force, among other goals.

In case you’re wondering how the race is shaping up so far, the aforementioned embezzler, Sheila Dixon, has a significant lead in the polls. And why not? This is, after all, Baltimore.

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…and don’t go anywhere else.

ConstantineXI on February 4, 2016 at 11:07 AM

Garden district is still pretty nice. So is Jackson Square.

cozmo on February 4, 2016 at 11:30 AM

everdiso will not be joining us for the time being.

Jazz Shaw on February 4, 2016 at 11:13 AM

Has he been given a time out? Charles used to do that over at LGF.

Ward Cleaver on February 4, 2016 at 11:32 AM

everdiso will not be joining us for the time being.

Jazz Shaw on February 4, 2016 at 11:13 AM

Somebody needs to tell him that. Just saw a post of his in the “Voter Violation” thread.

cozmo on February 4, 2016 at 11:35 AM

Maybe we should just wall off the city. Its far more productive than to try to change people.

nobar on February 4, 2016 at 10:08 AM

“Snake” Pliskin, please call your office….

SubmarineDoc on February 4, 2016 at 11:37 AM

My favorite part of the Obama era has been all the racial healing.

Galtian on February 4, 2016 at 11:43 AM

He may not be the Mayor they need, but he is certainly the Mayor that Baltimore deserves.

Tom Servo on February 4, 2016 at 11:46 AM

Democrats and political corruption are inseparable. It’s an essential part of what makes them Democrats,and their constituents don’t care.

If Kwame Kilpatrick was somehow let out of jail, and were to run for mayor in the City of Detroit again, he would win, and it wouldn’t even be close. I sh*t you not.

spinach.chin on February 4, 2016 at 11:48 AM

Ahh, Jazz, don’t jump on the dog whistle band wagon. Let him be stupid.

Cindy Munford on February 4, 2016 at 11:49 AM

Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown Baltimore.

ugottabekiddingme on February 4, 2016 at 11:50 AM

If Kwame Kilpatrick was somehow let out of jail, and were to run for mayor in the City of Detroit again, he would win, and it wouldn’t even be close. I sh*t you not.

spinach.chin on February 4, 2016 at 11:48 AM

Not hard to believe at all. After all, that’s exactly what happened in DC with former mayor Marion “b1tch set me up” Barry.

ConstantineXI on February 4, 2016 at 11:50 AM

Wow. Our (D) trolls are even granted temporary banhammers now?

rogerb on February 4, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Emphasis on temporary.

Bishop on February 4, 2016 at 11:52 AM

Wow. Our (D) trolls are even granted temporary banhammers now?

rogerb on February 4, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Emphasis on temporary.

Bishop on February 4, 2016 at 11:52 AM

As opposed to all the conservatives who’ve been banned permanently.

ConstantineXI on February 4, 2016 at 11:57 AM

As opposed to all the conservatives who’ve been banned permanently.

ConstantineXI on February 4, 2016 at 11:57 AM

Remember the rule: As a commenter you can’t equate, even jokingly, Big Mooch with sci fi characters or it’s the Hammer; however, you CAN as a mod opine that your opponents should go die in a fire.

It’s a deep-dive policy thing having to do with how lefties would use such comments as propaganda, I’d explain it but you’re a flyover rube soooo….

Bishop on February 4, 2016 at 12:06 PM

Wow. Our (D) trolls are even granted temporary banhammers now?

I’m just pondering it.

Jazz Shaw on February 4, 2016 at 12:15 PM

I say let any one of these corrupt black Democrats take over Baltimore and then build a wall around the city. After a time, the state can go in and clean up the rubble.

RebeccaH on February 4, 2016 at 12:17 PM

Remember the rule: As a commenter you can’t equate, even jokingly, Big Mooch with sci fi characters or it’s the Hammer; however, you CAN as a mod opine that your opponents should go die in a fire.

RooooooooWWWWWWWRRRRRR!!! Actually, if I were to compare a hypothetical fat assed, big mouth worthless idiot of a first er, “lady” to a Star Wars alien species it would be a GUNGAN like Jar Jar Binks…

It’s a deep-dive policy thing having to do with how lefties would use such comments as propaganda, I’d explain it but you’re a flyover rube soooo….

Bishop on February 4, 2016 at 12:06 PM

Ashland is bigger than whatever shithole YOU live in, hayseed!

ConstantineXI on February 4, 2016 at 12:19 PM

I say let any one of these corrupt black Democrats take over Baltimore and then build a wall around the city. After a time, the state can go in and clean up the rubble.

RebeccaH on February 4, 2016 at 12:17 PM

I have a better idea… Use it as a holding facility for illegal aliens pending deportation as well as Rapefugees from “syria”.

Just airdrop some MRE’s every week.

ConstantineXI on February 4, 2016 at 12:21 PM

homo.

Just sayin’

chuckh on February 4, 2016 at 12:41 PM

When traveling North to South and back again I used to love stopping in Baltimore for a nice lunch at the inner harbor or to visit Ft. McHenry, a wonderful national park which is the birth place of our National Anthem.
No more now that the inmates are running the asylum.
Now I take the extra time to ride the beltway around the city rather than driving straight thru the harbor tunnels.

nikophil on February 4, 2016 at 1:47 PM

That’s not true at all. And even if it was, you and others here believe shooting unarmed people is justified. Which one is worse? And which one came first?

proverbs427 on February 4, 2016 at 10:29 AM

Since a) it’s not possible to tell at a glance if someone is armed, and b) an unarmed person can still kill you if they’re able to hit you, and c) an unarmed person can easily grab something to use as a club or a projectile, it’s fairly obvious that there will be some circumstances where shooting an unarmed person is absolutely justifiable.

For example, Trayvon Martin was unarmed when he was straddling George Zimmerman and bashing his head into the concrete. Shooting him was a clear case of self-defense.

So yeah, rationalizing looting is worse. Looting never has the excuse of self-defense.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 4, 2016 at 1:53 PM

Any real small government conservatives should support Mckesson’s Campaign Zero, which is focused on keeping the government from abusing citizens’ rights. If you don’t think that unjustified physical violence by the state happens far disproportionately to poor people and minorities, you are ignorant.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/09/will-black-lives-matter-be-a-movement-that-persuades/407017/

redandexpert on February 4, 2016 at 3:04 PM

…you and others here believe shooting unarmed people is justified.

proverbs427 on February 4, 2016 at 10:29 AM

But clubbing and knifing is A-OK, as long as they’re white, right?

S. D. on February 4, 2016 at 3:08 PM

everdiso will not be joining us for the time being.

Jazz Shaw on February 4, 2016 at 11:13 AM

can someone tell me what post finally did it?
want to enjoy a cigar and coffee after reading it

dmacleo on February 4, 2016 at 3:09 PM

dmacleo on February 4, 2016 at 3:09 PM

I assume it is the comment on the first page where he alludes to the thread being a “lynching”. As a proponent of free speech but a grateful guest at Hot Air, weak.

Cindy Munford on February 4, 2016 at 3:41 PM

…and don’t go anywhere else.

ConstantineXI on February 4, 2016 at 11:07 AM

Garden district is still pretty nice. So is Jackson Square.

cozmo on February 4, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Also Canal Street and the Riverwalk, and most of the real tourist areas.

But there are definitely still some bad places there.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 4, 2016 at 4:08 PM

Any real small government conservatives should support Mckesson’s Campaign Zero, which is focused on keeping the government from abusing citizens’ rights. If you don’t think that unjustified physical violence by the state happens far disproportionately to poor people and minorities, you are ignorant.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/09/will-black-lives-matter-be-a-movement-that-persuades/407017/

redandexpert on February 4, 2016 at 3:04 PM

I don’t think unjustified physical violence by the state happens far more disproportionately to poor people and minorities. Assuming, of course that those poor people and minorities are not actually engaged in a crime or deliberately resisting the police.

Does it sometimes happen? I’m sure, and such cases should be punished when found. But the case that there is some huge raging systemic injustice is more talking point than anything else. Some people will excuse anything if it’s done by someone in a certifiable victim class.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 4, 2016 at 4:14 PM

Gimme muh cheeze! We be goin’ to hike dem taxes on dose Crackers!

Brian in Titletown on February 4, 2016 at 5:55 PM

I’m just pondering it.

Jazz Shaw on February 4, 2016 at 12:15 PM

Keep in mind that many of us are convinced he is the reincarnation of the previously banned troll named lester. The writing style and inanity are the same, as are the capitalization and punctuation habits.

Serious Drivel on February 4, 2016 at 8:47 PM

It’s official:
Baltimore is the certified National Cesspool, having definitively displaced Detroit and far outpaced Newark.

Strange, the commonalities among the three. It’s almost as if the dominance of certain demographic and political….Naahh.
Too far-fetched a theory.

orangemtl on February 5, 2016 at 9:01 AM

Does it sometimes happen? I’m sure, and such cases should be punished when found. But the case that there is some huge raging systemic injustice is more talking point than anything else. Some people will excuse anything if it’s done by someone in a certifiable victim class.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 4, 2016 at 4:14 PM

I’ve found that one of the keys to not getting a beatdown or being shot while interacting with law enforcement officials is acting courteously, polite and respectful and not acting the fool and swearing, threatening or assaulting them or taking off on a high speed get-away attempt when all I’m being pulled over for is a traffic violation. Especially if I know I’m guilty and did exactly what they say I did. The aforementioned behavior goes a long way in preventing first hand experience of police brutality, which I believe is fully justified in some cases. And even encouraged in “special” cases…

Big John on February 5, 2016 at 1:46 PM