Last May, the New York Times Magazine published a feature on the contemporary civil rights movement in America and its two most formidable organizers: DeRay Mckesson and Johnetta “Netta” Elzie. In nearly 7,000 words, writer Jay Caspian Kang defines the contemporary protester as “part organizer, part citizen journalist” and describes in detail Mckesson's earnest radicalization from public-school administrator to civil rights activist.

Elzie, the movement’s most prominent woman, doesn't get the same sort of treatment. The piece writes her off in three paragraphs.

“I hated it,” she says. Mckesson shares her dissatisfaction: “He still hasn’t read it.”

The story was pitched to the pair as an examination of their joint work and impact, but it was narrowed during the editing process to focus on Mckesson’s journey. Much of the original story, which featured Elzie more prominently, was hacked away, relegating her, like so many women in liberation movements throughout history, to the background.

“It was erasure,” Elzie says, not even bothering to look up from the text she’s typing on her phone. We’re in been-there-done-that territory. “Fuck that story."

Elzie’s voice is usually a merlot—velvety smooth and light, with a long finish. When speaking she often elongates the ends of words, making you pay closer attention. Not now. This particular “fuck” is so crisp and unbothered, it’s startling. She’s not losing sleep over a New York Times profile—or a Complex one, for that matter. If she has a meaningful fuck to give on the issue, it’s not here; it’s not now.

Fortune named her one of the world’s 50 greatest leaders in the same year ZeroFox, a national cyber and social media security firm, submitted reports to state officials labeling her a high-risk “threat actor.” Her activism applied pressure to the Clinton and Sanders presidential campaigns to develop concrete platforms around racial justice and revitalized the national discussion about police brutality against people of color. (As for a particular affiliation, Elzie says, "When I speak for myself, I call it 'The Movement' and I say that I’m a protester, or that I’m a Ferguson protester. I don't refer to myself  as a 'Black Lives Matter protester.' Does the media do it? Yes. Can I control what the media does? No.")

A former Southeast Missouri State journalism student, Elzie won the 2015 Howard Zinn Freedom to Write award from the PEN American Center literary society for the This Is the Movement protester newsletter she co-produces with Mckesson. Founded during the 2014 Ferguson protests as a “social media enhancement,” the newsletter provides tens of thousands of subscribers across the world with detailed statistics, first-person accounts, and reported pieces on police brutality and social justice efforts in America. She opposed attempts by Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network to marginalize the role of youth protesters in Ferguson, and scolded Black Thought on proper pronoun usage when addressing her gender non-conforming friends. Her activism has earned her the adulation and support of filmmaker Ava DuVernay and OG activist Diane Nash, and helped her amass a Twitter following of over 95,000.

As a black woman protester, “exposure” for Elzie has hardly been a challenge. However, the same cannot be said of her due acknowledgement and recognition.

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