A prominent Black Lives Matter activist has taken his own life in front of Ohio’s Statehouse. MarShawn McCarrel was the founder of Pursuing Our Dreams, a mentorship program, as well as the creator of a homeless outreach program called Feed the Streets.
McCarrel’s family believes his mental health may have been compromised by the emotionally draining work he had undertaken, the New York Daily News reports.
“My demons won today. I’m sorry,” the 23-year-old activist posted on his Facebook page before committing suicide.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, no one saw McCarrel shoot himself. “We don’t have any evidence to know the reason why he did it,” Lieutenant Craig Cvetan of the State Highway Patrol said.
However, the choice of location may have been political. According to Vibe, his last tweet read, “Let the record show that I pi**ed on the state house before I left.”
McCarrel was a community organizer who had been named one of Radio One’s Hometown Champions, the New York Daily News reports. “MarShawn has come so far in life and has inspired so many people to help others,” read a nomination page for the Hometown Champions Award. He and his mother traveled to California for the awards ceremony on Friday. He had also attended the NAACP’s Image Awards.
The impact of McCarrel’s death has been felt inside and outside of the Black Lives Matter movement. Actress Kerry Washington, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, and activist Shaun King all took to Twitter to react to the loss.
Thinking of #MarShawnMcCarrel, his family & everyone he touched. If you or anyone you know is considering suicide please call 1800-273-TALK
— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) February 9, 2016
Having spent three months homeless, MarShawn is remembered for his empathy. He told 614 Columbus in 2014 that his work with Feed the Streets was important because “All everyone needs is love. That’s a pulse. We’re feeding everyone, we’re sending the message — today I got you; tomorrow, I could be right there.”
His untimely death also draws attention to another problem. According a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published in 2013, suicide was the third leading cause of death for black males aged 15-24. In addition, the National Alliance on Mental Illness says African-Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population.
18 thoughts on “Black Lives Matter activist commits suicide outside Ohio Statehouse”
he just finally woke up to reality and couldn’t face it
“According to the Columbus Dispatch, no one saw McCarrel shoot himself.”
This is strange. “Let the record show that I pi**ed on the state house before I left.” seems to imply a political motive for this suicide, but political suicides like an audience to cement their martyrdom.
I have to wonder if he actually committed suicide, or had a little help.
Maybe the billionaires decided that the black lives matter movement needed a little more inspiration.
That’s what I was thinking. Especially with the pigs saying … golly gosh darn we just don’t know nuthin.
You are absolutely correct in your assessment.
I guess his black life didn’t matter to him….
That’s a good one ..
UR… almost as twisted as me.
A real trailblazer. Let’s hope he has a large following.
He was Lavoyed.
Considering the stupor bowl had satanist beyonce performing a tribute to the black panthers, a known cointelpro infiltrated and controlled fed group, yes I agree with him having been Lavoyed. The stupor bowl has been a great commie-joo owned organization for such propaganda as saber rattling, gun control through the sandy hoax fraud, and all things promoting talmudic satanic rituals. This is just another psyops to promote race division for distraction from the real enemy. Anyone from the bp side will get theirs just the same if they get randy, but I refuse to be a joos puppet
No place is safe on this planet from the tentacles of those self-chosen ones. (and their minions)
“If you or anyone you know is considering suicide please call 1800-273-TALK”
Or 911 if you don’t like them.
“In addition, the National Alliance on Mental Illness says African-Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population.”
In other words, prime gun ‘confiscation’ (THEFT) candidates.
Gee, wasn’t that who was targeted during the very FIRST infringement of the Second Article?
Yet some still don’t see the effectiveness of race baiting…it works for THEM and against YOU!
The only crazy people with guns they want around are their own.
Haha So true. So true. They got some numbers behind them but we aren’t all fooled or taking paychecks from them and we got more. Just a matter of keeping numbers on our side due despit psyops bs. They’ll have the right people pointing weaponry at the wrong/right people if they fail to see the manipulation.
Did you know that 80% of statistics thrown at us are made up? I just made that up. I don’t believe a dang thing they say.
“I don’t believe a dang thing they say.”
They don’t either.
I’m sorry to hear this.
But he was a …
The Dali llama setting himself on fire in front of the Whitehouse ?
These people have gone fkng insane.
Hell, I just try not to set myself on fire with my burn barrel.
I’m not even protesting.
Takes skill I guess.
Blacktavist? Lol…Never heard that term..Did you just coin that flee?