Meritocracy doesn't work when some people benefit from the system disproportionately.
- When fighting for social justice, there is a difference between equality and equity.
- It's not radical to fight for a world where everyone has the same access to education, has food, and is equal in the eyes of the criminal justice system.
- There is no real meritocracy if some people disproportionately benefit from the system just because of their skin color.
DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist, community organizer, and the host of Crooked Media's award-winning podcast, Pod Save the People. He started his career as an educator and came to prominence for his participation in, and documentation of, the Ferguson protests and the movement they birthed, and for publicly advocating for victims of police violence and to end mass incarceration. He's spoken at venues from the White House to the Oxford Union, at universities, and on TV. Named one of Time's 30 Most Influential People on the Internet and #11 on Fortune's World's Greatest Leaders list, he has received honorary doctorates from The New School and the Maryland Institute College of Art. A leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement and the co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence, Mckesson lives in Baltimore, Maryland.