By Thomas Lifson
DeRay Mckesson seems to be the man of the hour in the #BlackLivesMatter movement, having just attended a summit at the White House, from which he tweeted. But he is also living proof of the Astroturf origins of the movement treated so seriously by President Obama.
Ryan Girdusky of The American Mirror:
#BlackLivesMatter leader DeRay Mckesson may claim to be leading a grassroots revolution for racial and economic justice, but he has close connections with the privileged and elite.
Mckesson lives in a home owned by philanthropists James and Robin Wood in Baltimore, Maryland.
It’s the same address he used when declaring his residency on his campaign committee registration form for his failed mayoral run in the city’s Democratic primary earlier this year.
The Woods have owned the home since 1996 and are wealthy donors to the Baltimore chapter of George Soros’ Open Society Institute.
There is no information on what, if any, rent Mckesson pays on his home. Interestingly, if you use Google Street View to look at the house, all you see is a leafy drive leading up to a home out of view from the street. The sort of house you might expect a philanthropist to own.
Update: Here’s an aerial view (on the right):
Mckesson is not exactly hurting for income:
On Monday, the Balimore Sun reported the 31-year-old agitator Mckesson is making a handsome salary courtesy of Baltimore school district taxpayers.
In his new role, Mckesson is earning a salary of $165,000 as the district’s third chief of human capital in two years, and manage of a budget of $4 million and 56 employees.
After being appointed last month, Mckesson said he was ready to get to work.
“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,” he 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.”
Fortunately, the Baltimore government shcools are performing so brilliantly that he is able to take time away.