All it took was thirty silver coins, known back then as shekels, for Judas to betray Yeshua (later renamed to Jesus) and have his mentor crucified. Disciples who once walked with prophets have always been flipped to become traitors who delivered their once teachers to the wolves. Nowhere is this more evident than in the “black” community; time and time again throughout history, it has been our own who have been sent by the powerful to destroy our communities.
From African opportunists who sold their neighbors to slave traders for trinkets to the treacherous souls who sold out both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King by being assets to the FBI’s COINTELPRO that targeted “black” leaders for extermination, centuries change but the narrative remain the same. We keep our eyes focused on racism, for good reasons, but in the process we forget that it’s people who share our complexion who are just as culpable in our continued repression as almost any “white” person in a position of power. See Barack Obama and Kamala Harris.
The bait that is used to hook these double-crossing vipers is always money; the allure of riches makes people forget their morals and accept evil for the sake of money that comes with unending grief. In the age of social networks, the enticement dangled by the establishment is as much access as it is straight cash. Being accorded a blue checkmark by Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube is just as valued by would-be celebrities because social capital can be turned into an influx of currency.
It is with this in mind that I turn to Shaun King, who decided to inject himself into the story of a grieving “black” mother who lost her son to police violence because that is what grifters do. If you missed the latest developments on the Tamir Rice front, her mother Samaria wrote a damning indictment against social justice leeches like Tamika Mallory for “benefiting off the blood” of her son Tamir and countless other victims of racist cops who keep murdering the very people they are supposed to serve and protect.
Shaun King, to no one’s surprise, immediately jumped into the fray to defend Tamika and blacksplain Tamir’s mother. There is a reason Shaun did this of course and it had nothing to do with chivalry or shielding Tamika from “undeserved” criticism. To the contrary, Shaun did what he did for one reason and one reason only: Ms. Rice’s condemnation landed at his front door. When it comes to using the pains of African-Americans, there are few that exceed the racket that belongs to Shaun King. While pretending to be one of us in ways that rivals Robert Downey’s performance in Tropic Thunder, Shaun has amassed a fortune while working assiduously to set back the movement for sociopolitical actualization.
Shaun’s hustle is malicious as it is transparent; when he saw an opening to leverage the alarming number of “black” people who were being assassinated by cops, Shaun sprinted into action. However, his well-timed tweets full of demagoguery and partisan incitement would be languishing with the millions of other unpaid propagandists if he had not been plucked out of obscurity and given a blue checkmark. An establishment gatekeeper saw in Shaun a perfect lightening rod who can turn the suffering of “black” folks into a political wedge issue. That is precisely what he has done over the years; if you read his Tweets carefully, you will realize he is just shilling for moneyed interests while protecting the status quo.
I can’t remember who said this, but it completely changed how I viewed things and activism. “When someone’s bread and butter is steepled in death and oppression, they won’t want abolish that system, it’s literally how they eat” I’m paraphrasing, but that was the gist. https://t.co/urMb2IHpJG
— AshleyStevens (@The_Acumen) March 16, 2021
If you take nothing else from this article, walk away with this realization: social media corporations do not give blue checkmarks to movements that are meant to uplift us and to people who are there to advance our causes. Hello Black Lives Matter! The only time the ruling class give platforms to characters or causes is if they are compromised. Shaun King is beyond compromised; he is David Duke with the same complexion who pretends to have a “black” face. He does nothing to ameliorate generational poverty and cyclical hopelessness that have indentured legions of African-Americans into a life of struggle; all he does is rant on Twitter and hop on stories of infringements against “black” people to sell his books.
As much as people chase fame and riches, few realize how those very same enticements can end up being shackles around ankles. The checks these media harlots earn from the neo-aristocracy and the blue checkmarks they are given on social media platforms might as well be marks of the beast. The minute they take money and status from vulture capitalists like George Soros is the moment they lose their freedom and forever have to worry about losing their seat at the table. The same thing happens to the average man and woman all the time; how many of us stay at jobs we need or pretend to like our bosses because we fear the unemployment line?
Last week, I was permanently suspended by Twitter because I dared to criticize Joy-Ann Reid. I lost nearly 9,000 followers but I just chalked it up as a loss and started over with a new account. Do you think the situation would have played out the same way if I was a verified user and had over 100,000 followers? Of course not, I would be so worried about preserving my account that I would self-censor and think twice about challenging media narratives the way do now like pushing back against the rush to get everyone injected with a suspect “vaccine”. The same thing happens all the time with politicians, pundits and opinion leaders as they have to choose between principles and expediency. Those who choose greed and fear over courage are rewarded by the establishment while those who stick with their ethics get the Cynthia McKinney treatment.
Shaun King is to the revolution what the First Bank President Barack Obama was to change. If you are taking your cues from chiselers like Shaun , Barack, Tamika and other blue checkmarked marks on social media, it is really time to rethink your perspective. Racism is bigger than the left/right divide and even the “white”/”black” divide; racism is about power and the prejudice some have to act upon it. Racism includes 'black' people and outsiders like @ShaunKing who share an imposed identity with us but actively work against our interests as they get paid by the very system they disingenuously tweet against. #BLM… Click To Tweet
“When people show you who they are, believe them.” ~ Maya Angelou
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