Racial Justice Activist Shaun King Doesn't Want Peace in Kenosha

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In this undated photo, Shaun King poses where he was the lead pastor of Courageous Church in Midtown Atlanta. King, a blogger who rose to prominence in the aftermath of a police shooting last summer in Ferguson, Mo., pushed back against claims by conservative bloggers that his parents were both white and that he exaggerated an assault he endured two decades ago while attending high school in Versailles, Ky. (Vino Wong/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)


Shaun King isn’t in a peaceful mood over Kenosha.

As covered by RedState’s Shipwreckedcrew, Sunday saw a shooting in Wisconsin, in which a black man was fired upon by “one or more white police officers responding to a report of a domestic disturbance.

Here’s a video of the incident (Viewer Discretion is Advised):

Shipwreckedcrew observed:

Community tension with the police over the shooting mounted very quickly as darkness fell.  Videos are now starting to hit Twitter of protests that have been underway for hours, and the inability of the local police — Kenosha PD and Kenosha Sheriffs Deputies — to deal with the problem.

What started as only demonstrations early in the evening progressed to vandalism, wide-spread property destruction, and looting.  The local police were simply too few in number to stop the violence without resorting to deadly force which they did not do.

See it here (Language Warning):


In response to the chaos, activist Shaun King took to Twitter Sunday night to make known he won’t be calling for peace.

Apparently, he believes law enforcement is set up to work nefariously — that’s the intention.

So he wants it all torn down.

Mayhem is the correct consequence:

“Nah. I’m not going to call for peace. We’ve tried peace. For years. Y’all don’t understand that language. We are calling for a complete dismantling of American policing. It’s NOT broken. It was built to work this way. And mayhem is the consequence. You earned it.”



The Daily Wire contrasts King’s post against Donald Trump’s tweet in June:

“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right,” Trump tweeted. “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”


That elicited the following from the Bluebird:

This Tweet violates our policies regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today. We’ve taken action in the interest of preventing others from being inspired to commit violent acts but have kept the Tweet on Twitter because it is important that the public still be able to see the Tweet given its relevance to ongoing matters of public importance. As is standard with this notice, engagements with the Tweet will be limited. People will be able to Retweet with Comment, but will not be able to Like, Reply or Retweet it.

Shaun found a lot of support online:

One user championed having his right to own a business taken away:

And this person asserted all police should be imprisoned “or worse”:

One reply charged that “black people have every right to dismantle the country they built for free”:


Someone put in a good word for civility:

But they got shot down:

Of course, there were other naysayers:

And there were these:

Shaun definitely occupies an unusual place among discussions of race in the country:


As for Sunday’s shooting, there’s no doubt more information to come.

In the meantime, Gov. Toney Evers spoke out:

“While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country. And we stand against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites. I have said all along that although we must offer our empathy, equally important is our action. In the coming days, we will demand just that of elected officials in our state who have failed to recognize the racism in our state and our country for far too long.”

Will we ever return to peace? No one can say, and evidently — for at least the foreseeable future — some hope not.



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