Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson continued his pattern of jumping to conclusions and getting his facts wrong on Wednesday when he tweeted out to his 200,000 followers that the man who fatally shot a TV reporter and cameraman in Virginia was white.
McKesson quibbled with initial reports that the shooter — who had not been identified at the time — was a disgruntled ex-employee. The activist, who began touring the country as an organized protester after the Michael Brown shooting last year, appeared to believe that the shooter was white. He compared the initial reports to how Muslims are characterized as “terrorists” following similar incidents.
A longtime news reporter, Flanagan had been fired from WDBJ in 2013. He claimed in a series of tweets that the reporter he shot, Alison Parker, a white woman, had used racial epithets at work. Flanagan also has a history of filing racial discrimination complaints. In 2000, he sued a Tallahassee news station claiming that a supervisor called him a “monkey.”
Ironically, earlier on Wednesday, McKesson appeared on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” to talk about his activism and the Black Lives Matter movement and scolded a critical caller for not getting her facts correct.
The caller argued that McKesson should focus more on cases of so-called black-on-black crime.
Source: DeRay McKesson Tweets Claim That Virginia Shooter Was White | The Daily Caller