From Activist To Politican

DeRay Mckesson has announced he’s running for Mayor of Baltimore. Mckesson is best known for his activism in the Black Lives Matter movement and is especially prolific on social media. I follow him on Twitter and, frankly, I think he’s great. (Watch his interview on Colbert, it’s really good.) 

But I don’t think he’ll make a great mayor. 

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Activists are defined by their commitment to their ideals. Effective politicians cannot be committed to ideals. The very nature of politics requires compromise.

This is also why I won’t vote for Bernie Sanders. Though he and I are probably more politically aligned than Hillary Clinton, I have serious reservations about his ability to be an effective leader in a contentious political arena.

I hope the politics doesn’t distract from either of their missions.