Activist and Influencer Shaun King is under fire for threatening to sue after allegations of plagiarism, fraud, and bullying arise on Twitter.
Shaun King has been feeling the heat after he threatened to sue writer and community organizer Clarissa Brooks for a tweet she posted which called the activist out for not being transparent about how the money he raised for Cyntoia Brown was spent. Shaun responded to the tweet by refuting the claims and announcing that he would be taking legal action against her.
Another false claim has been retracted. This one, from @ClarissaMBrooks, hurt. Spread across the Internet and took on a life of its own. It’s still spreading actually.
I never even raised money for Cyntoia Brown. Never touched it. Never managed it. Had nothing to do with it. pic.twitter.com/ma9R6cpYDr
— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 16, 2019
Many felt uncomfortable with Shaun’s threats because his accuser, a queer African-American woman, and activist, is exactly the kind of person he’s dedicated his life and career to protecting. In his rebuttal, he also claimed that Clarissa had retracted her original statement which she clarified was untrue.
I did not retract my statement and will not be releasing a public apology. https://t.co/Xn7XF2nOu0
— Clarissa Brooks (@ClarissaMBrooks) January 16, 2019
Clarissa went on to share a formal statement regarding the issue with Shaun on Twitter.
My statement regarding Shaun King: pic.twitter.com/YISSjmo9PE
— Clarissa Brooks (@ClarissaMBrooks) January 17, 2019
I say all of this to say fuck @shaunking
— Clarissa Brooks (@ClarissaMBrooks) January 17, 2019
The backlash was swift with many social media users chiming in with other unsavory allegations against Shaun. They claimed that on top mishandling funds, he has also plagiarized the work of many Black women. One journalist alleged that Shaun was sending cease and desist orders to not only Clarissa but anyone speaking out against him.
THREAD: This week, @ShaunKing has sent me multiple emails, with several prominent Black lawyers attached, threatening legal action if I didn't immediately retract previous posts I've made about him. I personally find this to be a form of intimidation as a Black journalist.
— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) January 16, 2019
Shaun King is a terror. I mean exactly what I say. For far too long, he’s used bloodied Black bodies for retweets and calls it “information,” he’s targeted journalists and young Black women attempting to him accountable. This is a disgrace. pic.twitter.com/tnXgd85Ycm
— Preston Mitchum (@PrestonMitchum) January 16, 2019
So Shaun King, a protester of the states treatment of Black folk is now using the same mechanisms to harass and intimidate a Black woman
And you knee grows still supporting his fraudulence?
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) January 17, 2019
so many white supremacists have actually spread false information about Shaun King but he only found the energy and desire to sue a bunch of Black women??
— incognito (@saintfadumo) January 16, 2019
I taught Clarissa last semester and learned as much from her as I taught. Shaun King is emailing BLACK. WOMEN. COLLEGE. STUDENTS. and threatening legal action over tweets. Then claiming she retracted a statement when she never did. I'm disgusted and I stand by Clarissa. https://t.co/c3Jg7HLHI1
— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) January 16, 2019
Did Shaun King ever sue the Daily Beast? How come the same questions were asked here but he didn’t sue them but he’s suing black women with only 6000 twitter followers? https://t.co/DIP1xy0DQ8
— Darth Kriss (@insanityreport) January 17, 2019
So in order to have doubters believe in the credibility of his work and stop questioning apparent lack of transparency, Shaun King publicly shares how he's hired a team of lawyers and is willing to use the full force of the anti-black criminal justice system to clear his name.
— inorganic african feminist (@ztsamudzi) January 16, 2019
jokes aside, Shaun King collaborated with police, regularly lifts from Black women, and has made a name for himself off 🧐 mysterious 🧐 fundraisers and re-posting images of violence & death. y’all don’t even need to know basic history to understand he’s a fed.
— vanessa taylor (@BaconTribe) January 16, 2019
Shaun King is encouraging harassment of a young Black queer woman and member of our survivor family @ClarissaMBrooks. He has threatened to sue her if she didn’t respond to his liking for questioning his transparency. Now he is inciting violence against her. https://t.co/Yr1S2cbMkp
— Know Your IX (@knowyourIX) January 17, 2019
This isn’t the first time Shaun King has been criticized. He was accused of lying about his African-American heritage and many feel that Shaun’s activism is performative and exploitative.
Too many of you rely on Shaun King for your trauma porn and Black pain. There are organizers and reporters who are doing liberation work in ways that are conscious of not only oppression but the framing of white supremacy and how to write about it without harming Black folks.
— Lara Witt (@Femmefeministe) January 17, 2019
Since the drama started, he’s continued to deny all the accusations, both past, and present, that have been made against him.
This sounds great. It really does.
But people are saying I kept money that I raised for Cyntoia Brown WHEN I NEVER EVEN RAISED MONEY FOR CYNTOIA BROWN.
I did not start, manage, advise, or have ANYTHING to do with a fundraiser for Cyntoia Brown.
Period. Nothing/ https://t.co/QmPBm92plW
— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 17, 2019
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