- The Washington Times - Friday, October 9, 2015

DeRay McKesson, the “Black Lives Matter” leader who was recently hired by Yale University to give a two-day lecture on the movement, taught students that looting is a justifiable form of protest, similar to the Boston Tea Party.

In his lecture titled, “Transformational Leadership in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement,” Mr. McKesson asked students to read an essay called “In Defense of Looting,” written at the height of the riots that plagued Ferguson, Missouri, last year after a white police officer fatally shot a black man, Fox News reported.

“The mystifying ideological claim that looting is violent and non-political is one that has been carefully produced by the ruling class because it is precisely the violent maintenance of property which is both the basis and end of their power,” the article argued. “On a less abstract level there is a practical and tactical benefit to looting. Whenever people worry about looting, there is an implicit sense that the looter must necessarily be acting selfishly, ‘opportunistically,’ and in excess.”

A Yale official said the article was not on Mr. McKesson’s pre-approved syllabus.

“The article in question was not on the syllabus,” the official told Fox. “But the instructor did send out some supplemental readings later in the process, including that particular article. We believe it’s important for students to examine a wide range of viewpoints and ideas.”



Mr. McKesson defended the lesson.

“The relationship and tension between protest and property destruction is something that America has grappled with since the Revolutionary War & the Boston Tea Party,” he told Fox via Twitter. “The reading … allowed us to explore all sides of the American historical relationships and tensions present in protest.”

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