I Don’t Know What To Make Of Shaun King

So, let me be honest, son. On the real, I’m not going to sit here and pretend like I’m a Shaun King expert. All I know is, I’ve heard many of the arguments for and against him. With that being said, DeRay Mckesson‘s exposé on him was fucking brutal, man. All in all, if Mckesson’s reporting is accurate, then King might be the fraudist of the frauds, fam. Side bar, I know that “fraudist” isn’t a word, but it felt right, bruh.

Ok, for those who missed it, Mckesson hit King with all of the bullets and Tomahawk missiles in his post on Medium. Now, the purpose of this piece was to bring light to King’s allegedly nefarious acts when it comes to fundraising. Shit, about a week ago, in an attempt to be transparent, King released a report outlining the $34 million he apparently raised since the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Needless to say, Mckesson wasn’t with the shits and picked apart King’s entire history. Apparently, King has been up to a wide-range of fuckery, son. Now, according to Mckesson, King has fired people who disagree with him, misappropriated large amounts of funds and taken credit for other people’s work. Hell, if I’m reading this article right, $20 million of the $34 million that King is claiming came from the Facebook fundraiser to reunite immigrant kids with their parents. All I can say is, ALL of this shit looks terrible for King, man.

Now, to shoot him some bail, I do believe that he’s used his platform to bring attention to pertinent subjects. However, I was also aware of shit like that Sherita Dixon-Cole situation, where she lied about being raped by a cop. The truth is, King has to take responsibility for any shitty reporting, fam. In any case, if these allegations are true, then King has no excuse for himself, bruh. Frankly, bringing attention to certain subjects doesn’t absolve him from any potential wrongdoing, son. Keeping it a buck, if he’s hiding money, threatening fellow activists or commandeering other people’s work, then a reckoning is certainly needed, man. The way I see it, an exhaustive report from friends and a co-sign from Michael Eric Dyson isn’t enough to alleviate people’s concerns, brethren.

In the end, I’m probably not doing this story justice, son. Ultimately, folks can read Mckesson’s article for themselves, man. By and by, there’s a ton of information to wrap our heads around, fam. At the end of the day, it’s great that the families of Nia WilsonPhilando CastileTerence Crutcher and Botham Jean feel supported by King. Honestly, all families of injustice deserve recognition, bruh. But, if King is also out here scamming muhfuckas, then he needs to be called out on the bullshit, people. That is all. LC out.

P.S. I’m actually sad that I had to write this article, son. Like, this is not the type of attention that BLM needs, man. The fact is, it’s a lot harder to destabilize a problematic system when we’re fighting amongst ourselves, fam. So, how about we all knock off the tomfoolery, bruh. Good day.

RIP Nia Wilson

*Sigh* Rest In Peace, Nia Wilson. I mean, I don’t know how else to start this post, son. On the real, the word “senseless” isn’t even strong enough to describe her murder, man. Like, there’s literally NO reason why that 18-year-old girl should be dead right now, fam. For God‘s sake, she had her entire life ahead of her, bruh! Instead, a family has to mourn her death after an inexplicable and unjustifiable killing.

Ok, at this point, I hope everyone has heard about Wilson’s story, son. Basically, this past Sunday night, Wilson was riding the BART train in Oakland with two of her sisters. Anyway, as they all stepped off of their train, John Lee Cowell came out of nowhere and attacked the women with a knife. In the wake of the incident, Wilson laid dead while her sister, Lahtifa, was also stabbed. In the blink of an eye, the Wilson family was irreparably damaged.

Now, before I continue, I must admit that I may piss some Black people off right now. In any case, based on all of the digging I’ve done so far, I truly don’t know if Wilson’s murder was racially-motivated. Look, nobody knows what was going through Cowell’s head. Shit, he could be the most racist of the racists, man. However, there’s also A TON of evidence to suggest that this dude was a menace WAY before he senselessly murdered Wilson.

To begin, Cowell has an EXTENSIVE criminal record. In 2009, he pleaded no contest to battery. In 2013, he pleaded no contest again to battery. In 2015, he pleaded no contest to being under the influence of an illegal substance. In 2016, he was charged with theft, drug possession and illegally having tear gas. Those charges were later dropped when he was arrested and convicted for second-degree robbery. For that particular crime, he ended up serving two years in prison. To top it off, his family claims that he was previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Look, I don’t want anybody to get my words misconstrued, fam. In no way, shape or form am I condoning what Cowell did to Wilson. Frankly, this dude should not have been allowed to roam the streets, bruh. Hell, how much of a violent history does a person need in order for them to be permanently separated from the rest of us? With that being said, I don’t want us to just jump to conclusions about race, son. Keeping it a buck, the circumstances are already dire enough for us.

Listen, it’s no secret that Black people are ALWAYS targeted in this country. Hell, I can’t even count how many times I’ve written about the consistent and abhorrent bigotry in America. All in all, I can’t rule out racism in this tragedy. But, in this case, I also think that mental health and our terrible criminal justice system played a big part in all of this. Real talk, someone or something needed to keep Cowell under wraps, man. He should’ve NEVER be in a position to carry out such a dastardly deed.

In the end, Wilson’s death is fucking tragic, fam. Ultimately, nothing I’ve said changes the fact that she didn’t deserve to die this way. By and by, NO ONE deserves to die this way, bruh. At the end of the day, my heart goes out to the Wilson family. All I can say is, I can’t even begin to imagine the pain they’re going through, brethren. That is all. LC out.