Wednesday, December 8, 2021

DeRay McKesson Calls for ‘Bully’ Shaun King to Step Away From Fundraising

DeRay McKesson attends The 23rd Annual Webby Awards on May 13, 2019 in New York City.
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*Earlier this month, Shaun King attempted to squash talk that he’s a scammer and a fraud by releasing a 72-page report that contained a break down of his finances since he began fundraising for social justice issues.

But civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson ain’t buying it.

In a lengthy blog post published to Medium Thursday, Mckesson points out that the report was “not independent” as King claimed, but was actually written by his friends and associates.

McKesson is calling for King to step away from both organizing and fundraising for victims of police brutality and social injustice.

“I wrote about Shaun King in an effort to bring clarity to a set of issues that continue to be a topic of conversation re: fundraising, organizing, & activism. I rarely engage in these discussions publicly, but felt compelled given the observed pattern.” Mckesson explained in a tweet.

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The post also recounts King’s alleged long history of problematic leadership and bullying.

“It is my hope that Shaun refrains from attempts at organizing and fundraising,” Mckesson wrote.

Both DeRay and Shaun worked together until they had a public falling out, with King ultimately blocking McKesson on Twitter.

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Shaun King

Here’s an excerpt from DeRay’s piece(via Love B. Scott):

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.

This is also not a demand or desire for purity, the mythical status of flawlessness that does not exist. Integrity, on the flip side, means that we model relationships rooted in trust, consistency of values, and a demonstrated willingness to grow.

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Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.



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