Shaun King Slammed By Activist Deray McKesson, Sparks Feud
McKesson started by writing an article on King, where he called him out in more ways than one.
See excerpts from that below:
“Shaun has followed a uniform pattern over the years, a pattern that has compelled me to speak up, again. This is not the first time I have done so, and I am not alone. Johnetta Elzie and I were in a previous public disagreement with Shaun about issues of transparency and ethics that ended in his apology. Shaun also deleted all of his tweets and noted that he would focus on journalism and would not engage in attempted organizing or fundraising. Importantly, he made this commitment to others both publicly and privately. It is clear now that he did not keep those commitments and after a brief hiatus, re-emerged and began engaging in the same behaviors that caused the last public conflict.”
“It is important to note that Shaun’s journalism has done some good by bringing attention to stories that may have gone under-reported or overlooked. But the person who paints your house before he steals your car has still committed theft.”
“He does not often answer any of the questions or offer any resolution of contradictions raised, but instead, deflects. What’s more, he often bullies and intimidates those who ask questions at all, turning his ire especially at Black women, attempting to scare inquirers into silence.”
He also pulled receipts and wrote,
“On July 24, 2015, Shaun sent out an email that said that Justice Together had raised “a little over $11,000” in two hours. A few months later, on November 9, 2015, in the midst of questions about the funds, he e-mailed volunteers saying that Justice Together only raised “a little more than $9,000” online; a $10,000 donation from a board member; and a grant for a podcast for $17,500”
“In a post on November 20, 2015, he says that he returned 100% of the donations raised, a total of $9,723. But what about the $10,000 donation and the $17,500 grant? These amounts suddenly stop appearing in all records.”
“He has previously made statements that he has raised millions since the movement began. In 2015, Shaun said that he’d raised $500,000 since the protests began. In 2017, he said he’d raised over $5 million since the same timeframe. Now, he is saying that he raised $34.5 million since 2014. How does he get to $34.5 as the number he raised?”
It looks like McKesson was referencing one of King’s tweets from earlier this month.
Read the full article here.
McKesson also tweeted about the article Thursday (Sept. 12).
And King responded shortly after.
He also called out McKesson.
Tamika D. Mallory also responded to McKesson’s claims that she sat on a controversial panel for King full of his friends as they embarked on fundraising efforts.
King also said his wife’s opinion is the only one he cares about.
He then denied stealing money.
Meanwhile, he was honored at Rihanna’s Diamond Ball Thursday (Sept. 12) as well.
He thanked Cardi B who shouted him out at the event.
What do you think about Shaun and Deray’s back and forth? Tell us in the comments.