Shaun King shares GoFundMe earnings on allegations of stealing funds from households
Shaun King has responded to allegations of stealing funds from families victims of police brutality. Among the accusers is Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice. In June, she took to Instagram to say that Shaun was robbing her “for the death of” [her] Son ”by raising money in Tamir’s name without her permission. About two months later, Shaun released alleged GoFundMe documents in hopes of clearing his name.
“I bet this won’t go viral,” Shaun wrote in the caption. “The truth never does. It should, but people prefer lies. “
Again, the lies he is specifically referring to are allegations of stealing money raised by families. Shaun wrote in his caption that GoFundMe allegedly searched his story on the for-profit crowdfunding platform. The research included a look back at over 10 years of history, every email account “related to every possible activity” and every fundraiser he shared on social networks. The deep dive investigation resulted in an official statement.
“Mr. King didn’t organize a fundraiser on GoFundMe,” read a letter from GoFundMe. “Mr. King wasn’t the beneficiary of a GoFundMe. Mr. King did not withdraw any money from GoFundMe. “
Shaun released an episode for his podcast “The Breakdown With Shaun King” in June. He spoke extensively with Samaria Rice in the episode description and Samaria wasn’t there for that.
“Why do you think it’s so important to tell people we were talking,” Samaria wrote in a stacked Instagram post. “Well we had a chat and all that was said was very toxic and uncomfortable for me to hear that you raised extra money.”
She also accused him of being a “white man who behaves black” who cannot be “trusted”. Her comments quickly got Shaun’s name on the social media trend. The next day, the activist fired back on Samaria by sharing a Twitter-based statement from a third party that said she had observed the interaction between Shaun and Samaria. The woman who walked by Nicole said Shaun was “cute from start to finish.”
“By God, Shaun King was overly respectful of Samaria Rice and her staff from the moment the call started until the call ended,” Nicole wrote. “He listened a lot more than talked. But when he spoke, he didn’t say a single word that someone would find harsh or toxic. Nothing.”
Shortly afterwards, the Internet switched Shaun back on. He has been accused of forging Nicole’s account to clear his name. Self-proclaimed social media investigators noticed that the Twitter account disappeared after Shaun shared the thread. They raised doubts by pointing out the profile picture of the account that featured a late Ohio rapper named Boog the Bandit. They also noticed similarities between Shaun’s way of speaking and the tweets on the thread.
“I’ve had people literally interrupting my speeches and even stopping me in the street while I was with my family to confront me about stealing GoFundMe funds,” Shaun wrote on his GoFundMe post. “I’ve received death threats for people who exposed me. And it never happened. Stealing A PENNY from a family would be a state and federal crime. ”
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