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DeRay McKesson On #GoHomeDeRay: ‘Racism Is Alive and Well’ In SC

During Sunday morning’s service at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, a tweeted photo of 2016 GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum and civil rights activist DeRay McKesson sitting next to one another went viral. So did the hashtag #GoHomeDeRay, which is still trending on Twitter as of this writing.

Many think that McKesson, who first gained fame as a protester during and after the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, only went to Charleston for his own self interests. Hence the hashtag, which is rife with “colorful” hot takes from all sides.

The hashtag has mostly been turned into a pro-DeRay social media statement by Twitter users with big followings:

However, the first musings were very much not very nice at all:

CNN’s Brian Stelter caught up with McKesson after the church services on Reliable Sources and asked him about the hashtag. Unsurprisingly, the activist immediately referenced the nine death churchgoers who were killed by Dylann Roof on Wednesday night:

I wouldn’t be here if those nine people had not been killed. Racism is alive and well in places like South Carolina, and in towns across America. So I’m here in solidarity like many other people who’ve come to express their sympathy for the victims, and to figure out how we fight systems of oppression that continue to kill people.

He’s not wrong. Santorum was there too, albeit with more focus on the possible anti-religious nature of Roof’s crimes than the suspect’s racist sympathies.

Check out the clip below, courtesy of CNN:

[h/t CNN]
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