Shaun King, a New Jersey activist, enjoys a luxury lifestyle in his lakefront house.
Shaun King has made a name for himself as an advocate for the poor and the marginalized, but documents reveal that the controversial civil rights activist lives like a one-percenter in a lakefront mansion.
After moving out of a luxurious apartment in central Brooklyn earlier this year, King, 41, relocated to the “lakefront backyard” and “gourmet kitchen” house with “five bedrooms” and “3,000 square feet,” according to public records.
Rai-Tonicia King, a Ph.D. candidate and educator, paid $842,000 in November 2020 for the property, which is bordered by towering, lush trees.
While King’s humanitarian efforts in groups he founded have long been dogged by charges of shady deals, recent claims have focused on a lack of transparency in funds he has garnered for many criminal justice programmes.
When it comes to raising money for causes ranging from Haitian orphans to the families of black men killed by police, King’s colleagues and those who worked with him have consistently questioned his leadership and in some cases demanded to know where the funds had gone.
Slain Cleveland 12-year-old Tamir’s mother Samaria Rice slammed King on social media, accusing him of soliciting funds in her son’s name without permission and even questioning whether he was black or biracial, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
When King shared the contents of a private discussion he had with Rice, “Personally I don’t understand how you sleep at night,” she wrote in an Instagram post addressed to the activist last month. My authorization to raise nothing has never been granted by me. My son’s death was the result of your robbery, along with the United States.”
Rice, who heads up a nonprofit in her son’s honor, said, “You are a selfish self-centered person and God will deal with you…,” she said.
In 2017, King and former Black Lives Matter leader Patrisse Cullors, who resigned from BLM a month after The Post reported she had spent more than $3 million on real estate in the United States, co-founded the Real Justice political action group.
According to the federal PAC’s website, it has raised more than $3.2 million between 2019 and 2020 in order to “fight to abolish structural racism.”
In addition, the PAC paid $460,000 in “consulting fees” to three companies: Social Practice, Bernal Alto and Middle Seat Consulting LLC, all of which are owned by members of the PAC, including treasurer Rebecca Bond.
Janaya and Patrisse Consulting, a company managed by Cullors and her wife Janaya Khan, received $46,330 from the PAC. In the Federal Election Commission’s estimation, the payments took place between 2017 and 2020.
After the August 2014 killing of Michael Brown, 18, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., just a few months before Rice was murdered while playing with a toy pistol, King began his activism career as a former journalist and father of five who worked on Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.
In the wake of the two shootings, King formed the Justice Together coalition in 2015, with the goal of bringing attention to police brutality and rallying support for Black Lives Matter.
Ex-members of the organization cited King’s “lack of accountability” in an open letter published in “Medium.”
Disagreements were stifled without discussion, volunteers were removed for speaking out because of his self-described paranoia, and he repeatedly failed to meet his own deadlines for his participation in the work. He also failed to delegate or discuss internally anything of significance with the organization,” wrote the former members.
One woman claims that King’s “Justice, That’s All” group continues to bill donors monthly even after it disbanded in the summer of 2015. She had donated $50 a month to another organization King started.
The contributor, Javachik, tweeted in 2018: “I just wanted to know how he was spending the monies that had been auto donated. On Twitter, he blocked her when she asked him a question. People started calling me racist, a b——, and other slurs for the next month.”
Emails and phone calls to King’s office, as well as those of his wife and media aides, went unanswered.