Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King decided he was more upset that the brutal kidnapping and torture of a mentally disabled white man by four young black men and women was labeled on Twitter as #BLMKidnapping than the crime itself:
After that incendiary tweet, he followed with a hint:
King’s explanation of his position included his statement that he would not “fight for justice” for the victim, as he has on numerous other occasions when blacks were harmed. He decried violence, as he somehow wove Donald Trump into his diatribe by noting Trump’s history with women, and then suggested that there was no need for him to get too upset about the incident because, hey, white people always see justice served:
Hate crimes are on the rise from coast to coast. Our incoming President of the United States admitted that he sexually assaults women. Women all over the country came forward to allegedly confirm it. His first wife, in a sworn deposition, said that he raped and brutally assaulted her. Ivana Trump later said she didn’t want the allegation to be considered in a literal or criminal sense.
This country is sick.
Claiming that plenty of whites were asking him why he was not speaking up regarding the kidnapping, King continued:
This country does not need me to speak out on crimes committed by black folk because nobody in this country is held more responsible for the crimes they commit, and even the crimes they don’t commit, than black folk in America . . . I speak out on injustice. What happened to this man in Chicago was terrible. It was criminal. I hate it, but guess what — justice was swift. It was miraculously swift.
Then, the laundry list of “white” crimes:
Justice is always swift and easy when black folk mess up, but you know who’s not in jail right now? George Zimmerman. You know who’s not in jail right now? The officers who fired 41 shots at and killed Amadou Diallo on the doorstep of his Bronx home. You know who’s not in jail right now? The officers who killed Eric Garner and Rekia Boyd . . . We march for them. We protest for them. I write about them and Facebook and tweet about them — because justice has not been served in those cases. It almost never is.
Black folk are held super-responsible for every mistake and criminal offense made. We rarely have to march for justice in our communities. American prisons are full of black folk who are being held responsible for every mistake they’ve ever made.
But on the other hand, those racist white folks? “What’s most disturbing is that I hardly see many whites who are particularly angry about the crime speaking sympathetically about the victim. They are mainly using it to advance their racist agenda and demonize random black folk who had nothing to do with such a thing.”
Then, the real problem: “As I type, the top trending topic in the country is now #BLMKidnapping. BLM stands for Black Lives Matter. The people in the video never even suggested such a thing. The Black Lives Matter Movement has never advocated such a thing. I have never advocated such a thing.”
And King traces the problem to its root: “What we are witnessing here is that fact that when particular African-Americans commit a crime, many whites use the crime to cast aspersions and stereotype all black folk. It’s a ridiculous double standard rooted in racism and oppression.”
There were dissenters even among those on King’s side:
As King stated, “Justice was swift. It was miraculously swift.”
That will make the victim feel so much better.