Dear Movement Fam,
Especially those pushing back at Shaun King today… Every offense, every shady dealing, every dollar misappropriated, every negative experience many of you are hooting and hollaring about today and complaint made against him since 2014 could have been avoided had you listened when we (led by Darren Seals and myself) rang the alarm about him and the others over 4 years ago.
Not heeding those warnings has consequences, one being everything you experienced and another being the monster created as a result.
See, this is what happens when you ignore the warnings, words and experiences of voices within the movement until it happens to you. Identity politics is a mutha. You only identify when the shit affects you. Many who are roasting Shaun King today are the same people who caped for BLM and Deray when we warned you about them. BLM, Deray and many of your favorite movement personalities, orgs, activists/protesters turned elected leaders and ‘reform’ minded progressives are out of the same machine that produced Shaun King.
This isn’t an “I told you so”, this is a wake up call. There are consequences for not listening, for ego, for being easily gassed and thinking you know it all. And those consequences don’t just impact you. We’re all paying the price, this movement is paying the price having to deal with a powerful, emboldened Shaun King when we could have nipped this is the bud before he ascended to power. Ditto for BLM. Ditto for Deray. Ditto for all the others. We are 4 years behind where we could be, this movement would look very different today… perhaps we’d have some wins ..
The sad reality is that many of those pushing back against Shaun will go back to turning a blind eye to BLM, Deray and the others despite their behavior being the same…. because they like or identify with them. That’s the bigger problem….