Yesha Callahan

#CivilRightsTwitter Hilariously Mocks Black Lives Matter Activist’s Beef

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Sunday was a sad day on social media when it came to 3 prominent Black Lives Matter activists publicly going at it. Shaun King, Deray Mckesson and Johnetta Elzie decided to air each other’s dirty laundry all over the Twitter streets.

King alleged McKesson said he was tired of working with Elzie and other women in the Black Lives Matter movement.

Elzie alleged King stole money from his now defunct organization.

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And Mckesson also insinuated that there was something fishy going on with King and his role in his organization.

But King was the only one to bring receipts to the Twitter beef party.

So messy. It was so messy. But as the saying goes, there’s always a little truth in every lie, but who knows who’s telling the truth in this situation. Either way, it looks like there are a couple of egos too big to fit into the world of social media.

Beefs happen. They’re pretty much a way of life. And when they happen, what better way to deal with them than to make fun of them? And that’s exactly what happened on the hashtag #CivilRightsTwitter.

The ingenious members of Black Twitter wondered how would Malcolm or Martin tweet. Who’s DMs would Huey Newton slide into? And what kind of trouble would Jesse Jackson get into had Twitter been around.

And so magic happened:

And then this happened:

Sometimes you gotta laugh, to keep from crying.

  1. December 15, 2015 - Reply


    • December 15, 2015 - Reply

      @Cocoa Rose

      I’m not embarrassed. Black people don’t have to act like we always agree on everything. We don’t have to put-up a fake smile for other races. Donald Trump and the other republican candidates will be playing golf together after the election.

    • December 15, 2015 - Reply

      @Cocoa Rose

      I agree, those are people who paved the way for us.

  2. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    He hates half the women in the movement? BWE gonna jump on that.

    • December 15, 2015 - Reply


      BWE, Hmmm…….

  3. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    Hilarious tweets over a tragic situation. Bet the people who are hating on BLM are having a field day. Nothing could be better for htem, other than a signed Quran and Kenyan Birth Certificate from the President.

    • December 15, 2015 - Reply


      Yes, they would love to see BLM fail.

    • December 26, 2015 - Reply


      Well they [BLM] didn’t start out right and their motive has
      always been suspect to this day, and as my father use to say “if you don’t
      start out right, you ain’t going to end up right”, they are about to implode
      and be exposed for what they really are.

      • December 27, 2015 - Reply


        That’s a great and very true saying!

  4. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    This is sad I hope they squash their beef and think of the greater good. The dominant culture would love to see the movement fail.

  5. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    GOOD: Twitter, As a Venue for the MOBILIZATION of a MOVEMENT!

    BAD: Twitter, EASY, QUICK access to Derail a Movement.

    UGLY: Individuals who Don’t Know / Forget that the MOVEMENT is GREATER than its individuals.

    DIVIDED are Conquered!

    Get Your Egos in Check and Get Back to the BUSINESS of #BLM!

  6. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    Prime example of why we continue to be last. Ok, no we don’t have to agree on everything, but hash that ish out in private. NOT on a network that (that we don’t own) we already support more than anybody else. White people do more fighting than anyone else on the planet, but I’ll give them this, when it’s time to band together they do it quickly and cohesively; prime examples: the Age of Imperialism/Colonialism, The Conquest of Africa and American (North and South America), Chattel Slavery and the continued domination and hegemony of the world under white supremacy. They managed to do this carving up of the world and the European powers hated each other. We can’t even stick together for a few months to accomplish goals when our d@mn lives are at stake! Then we make twitter jokes about it.WTF?! Do you see Jews making twitter jokes about photos from the Nazi death camps? We have got to get ourselves together.

    • December 15, 2015 - Reply


      100% agree

    • December 15, 2015 - Reply


      Excellent Points.

    • December 26, 2015 - Reply


      ITA with you. –why the hell would any Black person think this is funny or cute, why everything is about kee keeing with us? No we are not a monolith and I would guess “Black Twitter” would argue adding levity to this situation releases some of the stress, but do they consider it reduces our civil rights icons to lame memes for a few jokes? smh

      • December 26, 2015 - Reply


        yes they have been gradually doing this over the last seven or eight years with the help of our so call liberal educated elite black people and that MSNBC crowd.

  7. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    The two black people in this mess better get it
    together because Shaun King can and will move away from the BLM movement (and
    every other scandal attached to him) unscathed like only white people can.
    Don’t know or care what this little kerfuffle is all about but the movement
    will suffer if they don’t fix it. Many have been trying so hard to tear down BLM before it could become a real threat. Now it seems all they have to do is sit back and watch the movement destroy itself for them. Shaun King has already had enough
    of his own scandals come to light so I am not sure why he is still considered a major player in BLM.

  8. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    We are in a struggle for liberation and this is also a class struggle. We desire the reactionary policies of the one percent and the financial aristocracy to end. This situation is a tragedy. I don’t know who is telling the truth. What I do know is that time is of the essence and we don’t need to be distracted from the real point. Te real point is that many of our people are suffering poverty, police brutality, rape, abuse, discrimination, sexism, and other forms of violence. We need to defend our people. We won’t agree with each other on every issue. I don’t agree with some of my relatives on every issues. Yet, we have to promote the ideal that we want the same goal. That goal is total equality, freedom, and justice for black people and for the world to have a system of justice. One truth about many ethnic group is that despite their disagreements, when they have time to promote an united front, they promote it. Therefore, we should unfairly attack each other. We need to attack the capitalist system and the system of racism/white supremacy. Also, the truth will come out sooner or later. I only hope that these 23 human beings reconcile their issues and move forward. The BLM has made history. Also, the Black Lives Matter movement was created by black women. Therefore, like always, black women have always been at the forefront of revolutionary movements since human history began.

  9. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    A sad shame.

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  11. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    This immature foolishness should have taken place in private. They need to squash the beef and get back to business!

  12. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    No lives matter.

    Please read in full before you dismiss me as a troll.

    No lives matter in a system where the top 1% earn collectively more than the bottom 99% combined. No lives matter in a media system where the lowest common denominator of civil, bordering on barbaric, society is promoted and subsequent bad behavior is consistently rewarded. No lives matter when we are blatantly ignoring our brothers and sisters abroad struggling under the same root of colonialism and white supremacy and disrespecting our own people at home. No lives matter when we let a few twitter personalities speak on behalf of the “movement”. No lives matter when we aren’t actively working to reverse the effects of climate change that threaten the few resources that we can even gather ourselves. No lives matter when we ignore ongoing events including the crisis in Burundi and waste time and energy on useless articles like this (hence the reason why I feel the need to comment). Further, no lives matter if we can cite past historical infighting within movements as “evidence” or “proof” that it is futile and/ormisguided to ask the people who represent us (with verified twitter accounts) to DO BETTER! So we can’t learn from the past then?

    Simply put the current capitalist system does not give room for human beings to “matter” on a default. Yes some matter “more” than others, but it’s all an illusion. There is no room for love in a system wherein literally everything can be capitalized. We are all numbers. We are consistently bought and paid for, and nothing is what it seems. Thus, the only solution is to rebuild from the ground up. We have got to stop wasting time, climate change is causing us, the MOST VULNERABLE facet of the GLOBAL society to be increasingly at risk for complete pulverization. We MUST gather our own resources: food, shelter, clothing, land and teach our own people the trades. We must convert decrepit urban housing into useful spaces where we can build, grow and educate. We need to better ourselves spiritually, healthwise and sustainably speaking and we must reach across false borders because at the end of the day , we as global black citizens share a common root. To ignore this is to actively participate in our own demise.

    We don’t need a slogan. We know black lives matter. We need to work within the system to create our own system. That’s the only way. We can tweet, rally and cry forever and NOTHING, I mean NOTHING substantial will get accomplished because the threat of our legacy as black people and the African diaspora is bigger than police brutality or affirmative action or domestic civil issues in general. A few opportunists will gather thousands of followers, take a few selfies, interrupt speeches, appear on CNN and to what end?

    Nothings changed.

    We need to get right collectively and stop playing follow the ‘leader’. Otherwise there’s no hope.

    Hate to sound pessimistic but I’m honestly tired of the blindness to the wider context of our struggle.

    • December 15, 2015 - Reply


      There are so many relevant points here.

  13. December 15, 2015 - Reply

    Perhaps Shaun King was planted in the organization to help divide them and derail the entire movement???? Its unlikely that Deray, Netta, Alicia or anyone else is going to let everything fall apart, Shawn seems most vested in the destruction of it based on his history of failed projects #ConspiracyTheory #Cointelpro #ShadyGovt

    • December 15, 2015 - Reply

      @Not Playin Witchu Piggy

      I am not sure if SK was a plant but I do think after several shady incidents including calling himself black knowing full well he is white was enough for me. He should have been vetted a little bit more to make sure he was genuinely there for the cause and not the notoriety.

    • December 16, 2015 - Reply

      @Not Playin Witchu Piggy

      I think Netta is the plant. She stays getting into arguments on Twitter, and makes the movement look bad. I am hopeful some other Black women step up, because she is a problem, I had to unfollow her.She then had the nerve to say SK was cointelpro. Like baby girl, Imma need you actually look up what cointelpro actually was. It was people who looked like us, who were constantly starting fights and division.

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