Activist Shaun King lives in a lakefront home in New Jersey.
Even though Shaun King is known for his advocacy for the poor and disenfranchised, papers reveal that the controversial civil rights leader lives in an expensive lakeside estate.
The “lakefront backyard” and “gourmet kitchen” mansion with “five bedrooms” and “3,000 square feet” was purchased by King, 41, earlier this year after he moved out of a lavish apartment in downtown Brooklyn.
Paid $842,000 for the property in November 2020 by Rai-Tonicia King, a PhD candidate and instructor.
Allegations of corruption have long followed King’s humanitarian endeavours, but new assertions have centred on the lack of transparency of monies King has raised for several criminal justice programmes, which have come under scrutiny.
King’s colleagues and those who worked with him have repeatedly questioned his leadership and in some cases sought to know where the monies had gone while soliciting money for causes ranging from Haitian orphans to the families of black men killed by police.
Cleveland was shot and killed. Cleveland Plain Dealer says that Tamir’s mother Samaria Rice attacked King on social media, accusing him of collecting cash in her 12-year-old son’s name without permission and even questioning if he was black or biracial.
“Personally I don’t understand how you sleep at night,” Rice wrote in an Instagram post addressed to the activist last month when King disclosed the contents of a private conversation he had with her. I have never given myself permission to raise anything. Your heist, coupled with that of the United States, resulted in the death of my son.”
“You are a selfish self-centred person and God will deal with you…,” Rice, who runs a foundation in honour of her son, added.
In 2017, King and Patrisse Cullors, a former Black Lives Matter leader who resigned from BLM when the New York Post claimed she had spent more than $3 million on real estate in the United States, co-founded the Real Justice political action group.
To “fight to eradicate systemic racism,” the federal PAC’s website states that it has raised more than $3.2 million between 2019 and 2020.
Aside from that, the PAC paid $460,000 in “consulting fees” to three companies owned by PAC members including treasurer Rebecca Bond: Social Practice, Bernal Alto, and Middle Seat Consulting LLC.
Cullors and her wife Janaya Khan run Janaya and Patrisse Consulting, which got $46,330 from the PAC. According to the Federal Election Commission, the payments were made between 2017 and 2020.
King began his activism career as a former journalist and father of five who worked on Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign following the execution of Michael Brown, 18, by a white officer in Ferguson, Mo., just a few months before Rice was murdered while playing with a toy firearm.
To raise awareness about police brutality and support for Black Lives Matter following the two shootings, King created the Justice Together organisation in 2015.
King’s “lack of accountability,” according to former members of the organisation, was noted in an open letter published by “Medium.”
As a result of his self-described paranoia, disagreements were stifled without debate, volunteers were dismissed for speaking up, and he regularly missed his own deadlines for his participation in the project as a result. According to the former members, he also failed to delegate or discuss anything of substance with the organisation internally.
Since its disbandment in July of 2015, one woman claimed that King’s “Justice, That’s All” group is still billing donors regularly. Previously, she had given $50 a month to a different charity that King had created.’
I merely wanted to know how the money that had been automatically given was spent,” Javachik tweeted in 2018. When she asked him a question on Twitter, he blocked her. For the next month, I was repeatedly called racist, a b——, and other derogatory terms.
There was no response from the office of King or his wife or media aides to emails and phone calls.