“He has proven his dedication to the children of Baltimore.”
The City of Baltimore has had a rough time over the last couple years. Riots and a high profile legal case, both of which were largely based on race, have dominated headlines.
How is the city helped by hiring Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson for $165,000 to run human resources for Baltimore schools?
Note how the Baltimore Sun has upgraded McKesson to “civil rights” activist:
Civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson to join new city schools cabinet
Civil rights activist and former Baltimore mayoral candidate DeRay Mckesson will return to his old stamping grounds at city school headquarters to lead the district’s office of human capital.
Mckesson was named interim chief human capital officer on Tuesday by incoming schools CEO Sonja Santelises. It was the second and most high-profile cabinet appointment made by the new chief, who begins her tenure Friday.
Santelises said Mckesson, who spent about two and a half years overseeing key reforms as a strategist and special assistant in the human capital office, would lead the office at least through the fall.
“He has the depth of knowledge of the system, and he has proved that he can lift the work in a short amount of time,” Santelises said in an interview. “And he has proven his dedication to the children of Baltimore.”
Mckesson called Santelises a “gifted leader” and said he was proud to join her team.
“At its core, this role is about finding great people, matching them to the right role, and helping them to develop and experience careers in the service of our kids,” Mckesson said. “I am excited to return to city schools … and to continue doing the work to ensure that every child in Baltimore City receives a world-class education.”…
Mckesson, who will earn a salary of $165,000, will be the district’s third chief of human capital in two years, and manage of a budget of $4 million and 56 employees.
Here’s a video report from the local ABC News affiliate:
McKesson’s role will give him the power to hire people. What happens if an applicant is a Trump supporter? As a recent piece in USA Today illustrates, McKesson’s politics are just what you’d expect:
At 30, he has emerged as a key organizer for the street protests that began almost two years after the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Black Lives Matter staged some protests at campaign events during the primaries, and Mckesson was among the group’s leaders who met with Clinton last fall to discuss their concerns.
“I would not say that this is an election that is between the lesser of two evils,” he told USA TODAY’s weekly video newsmaker series in an interview that took place at the Aspen Ideas Festival, where Mckesson was speaking. “I think that this is an election potentially between a candidate that people are rightfully really concerned about and a candidate that is evil.”
The “evil” candidate is Trump, he said, then elaborated on his qualms about Clinton.
It’s now safe to assume Baltimore has learned nothing over the last two years.
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