Black lives matter … but the lives of “men and white folks” do not?
That apparently is the message Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder Yusra Khogali was trying to convey when she posted a controversial tweet on Feb. 9 that surfaced Tuesday morning.
In the tweet, Khogali asks Allah for strength “to not cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today.”
Black Lives Matters activist Sandy Hudson blamed the media for focusing on the tweet, instead of the larger issues at hand.
“This is extremely frustrating and emotional for me because we slept outside for two weeks to get somebody to care about death in our community and this is what you decided to focus on? It’s very, very, very irresponsible,” she said.
When repeatedly asked for a comment on the tweet, she refused.
Khogali is a community organizer, activist and spoken word poet who “who uses her art as a form of resistance to challenge various forms of Canadian state-sanctioned anti-blackness,” according to her Facebook page.
Newstalk1010 radio host and Toronto Sun columnist Jerry Agar unearthed the tweet Tuesday morning, after which the tweet was removed from Khogali’s feed.
On Feb. 10 it was announced that Black Lives Matter would lead next summer’s Pride parade.