#BlackLivesMatter activist DeRay Mckesson on #GoHomeDeRay hashtag: It's proof "racism is alive and well" in America

"I wouldn't be here if those nine people had not been killed," he told CNN's Brian Stelter

Published June 22, 2015 12:10PM (EDT)

DeRay Mckesson
DeRay Mckesson

On "Reliable Sources" Sunday, host Brian Stelter asked #BlackLivesMatter activist DeRay Mckesson -- who is in Charleston, South Carolina at the moment -- what he thought of the fact that the hashtag #GoHomeDeRay started trending on Twitter over the weekend.

"I wouldn’t be here if those nine people had not been killed," Mckesson replied. "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," he added, "and to figure out how we fight systems of oppression that continue to kill people."

While it is unclear who started the hashtag, the sentiment behind it echoes statements made by Sean Hannity and Kevin Jackson when Mckesson appeared on "Hannity" two weeks ago. The only possible reason Mckesson appeared in Ferguson, Baltimore, and McKinney, the pair opined, is because he's "professional protester" being paid to agitate. Many on Twitter agreed:

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However, just as many -- if not more -- welcomed Mckesson's presence and message in Charleston:

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Watch the entire segment on "Reliable Sources" via CNN below.

By Scott Eric Kaufman

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