Former Black Lives Matter Marxist movement leader Shaun King, accused multiple times of taking money donated to ‘social justice causes,’ purchased a mansion worth almost $900,000 in New Jersey late last year, the New York Post reported.
According to official records, King’s wife bought a North Brunswick, New Jersey, five-bedroom property with nearly 1,000 square feet, a lakefront backyard, and a gourmet kitchen valued at $842,000.
According to DailyMail, the $842,000 home is above the median home value of $217,500 in New Brunswick. The city of 41,431 people is 45% white, 24% Asian, 20% black, and 19% Hispanic, with much smaller percentages of other races, according to census data.
The former Black Lives Matter leader has been accused on different occasions of having embezzled money he raised on behalf of African American victims of police violence using his reputation as a civil rights activist for black America.
Reports from April of this year also placed Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors in the middle of the controversy for acquiring 3 mansions worth $3.2 million in ‘majority white’ neighborhoods.
Shaun King’s profile and background
According to a report by the left-leaning Daily Beast media outlet, King was a schoolteacher in Atlanta. After a brief stint in the classroom teaching civics, King entered the ministry, becoming a preacher at Total Grace Christian Center in an eastern suburb before founding his own church in 2008.
As Courageous Church’s congregation grew, so did King’s public image. His name gained popularity as the “Facebook pastor” because he used social media to attract potential visitors and bolster his membership.
From his fame, he began to dedicate himself to raising donations for social causes. With Michael Brown’s death in a custody case in 2014, he became the media leader of the Marxist Black Lives Matter movement, where he launched several donation campaigns.
Mismanagement of funds
Last year, after raising $1.5 million to found a left-wing newspaper—the North Star—that received donations from Hollywood celebrities, suddenly, 14 months later, the project shut down.
According to the New York Post, some of the former North Star employees used terms such as “liar and fraud,” “really shady business,” and “self-sabotage” in describing Shaun King and his handling of the funds.
But the former pastor blamed his failure on being ‘overly’ ambitious and ultimately failing to deliver.
Samaria Rice—whose 12-year-old son Tamir was shot and killed by police in Cleveland in November 2014—also called King an imposter on social media, accusing him of soliciting funds in her dead son’s name without her permission.
Post investigations also found that Shaun, along with Cullors, founded a political action committee (PAC) Real Justice in 2017 that from 2019 to 2020 raised more than $3.2 million purportedly “to fight to end structural racism.”
Of those funds, Real Justice doled out $460,000 in “consulting” fees to three companies-Social Practice LLC, Bernal Alto LLC, and Middle Seat Consulting LLC, which are controlled by some members of the PAC itself, including treasurer Rebecca Bond, according to a report.
Other PAC payments included $46,330 to Janaya and Patrisse Consulting, a company run by Cullors and his wife, Janaya Khan. Those payments were made between 2017 and 2020, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Coincidentally, two days before the Post published its report on the July 19 mansion purchase, Shaun King shut down his Twitter account.