Shaun King has undoubtedly used his large platform to be on the right side of justice more often than not, but his recent actions on Twitter reveal that he’s using that same platform to harm those he typically protects. A writer by the name of Clarissa Brooks put out a tweet that took a jab at King that she later deleted, only for the activist to dredge it back up with legal bullying and tough talk.
Brooks tweeted on Jan. 7, “Are folks going to hold Shaun King accountable to money he ‘raised’ for Cyntoia? Or is that going to disappear as well…” which prompted King to issue the first of many missives towards Brooks and amassing an Avengers-like lineup of legal representation including Benjamin Crump and Lee Merritt on Wednesday (Jan. 16).
While King certainly has the right to defend himself, the lengths he went to try and prove that he isn’t to be trifled with seemed harsh on the surface and betrays much of what he’s stood for over the past few years. This has led to an overwhelming number of Black Twitter users giving King the business for flexing muscle when Brooks had already deleted the tweet and was attempting to move on from the matter.
Check out Black Twitter getting Shaun King out the paint for going lawsuit ham below.
Somebody should tell Shaun King that his house better be in order, because if he’s suing over an allegedly defamatory tweet, any defense lawyer would have a discovery FIELD DAY if even a quarter of the allegations against him are true.— ⚓️🚢Imani Gandy 🚢⚓️ (@AngryBlackLady) January 16, 2019
Is he ready for that smoke? I doubt it.
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
If Shaun King doesn't title his political memoir, White Skin, Black Masks I will be furious I tell you. Furious!— Dwayne David Paul (@DwayneDavidPaul) January 17, 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
completely disgusted (but not surprised) to see that Shaun King is mobilizing his million-follower twitter account to threaten lawsuits against young black women organizers. this man is and has been fraudulent for years. it's way past time to get him up out the paint.— abd-4c pookie 4 pic abolition (@jmddrake) January 16, 2019
White people and black people coming together against Shaun King pic.twitter.com/PzelWHhayY— Art Vendelay ⚜ (@TonyMellace7) January 17, 2019
Wow. The hotep king is caping for Shaun King. This is the ashiest twitter event in recent history. You all really hate Black women. It's crazy. pic.twitter.com/SSpptfAZqi— Cordova (@GNCordova) January 17, 2019
I don't know anything about what Shaun King does or doesn't do. I just know this is very weird energy to have for college students, black women and young organizers. @ClarissaMBrooks happens to be all three.— austin williams (@austinxwill) January 16, 2019
FACT: Shaun King has been accused of misappropriating funds that were donated for social justice.— southern freedom stallion (@_afrodiziak) January 16, 2019
FACT: Shaun King denies these claims and is suing Black women who question him.
So @shaunking, why require proof that they’re lying instead of just providing proof that you aren’t?
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— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) January 17, 2019
And you knee grows still supporting his fraudulence?
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, he/him (@PrestonMitchum) January 16, 2019
Shaun King encouraging the online harassment of a young Black queer woman for (rightfully) critiquing his lack of transparency over funds, and then threatening to sue her, should be very suspect to anyone who still follows him and thinks Black liberation is truly his priority.— Jordan N. DeLoach (@jndeloach) January 16, 2019