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Shaun King has ‘painful’ epiphany about Dems doing ‘half step above nothing’ for black voters

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Shaun King, who emerged as a voice for the violent Obama-era Black Lives Matter movement, took to Twitter Thursday to share an epiphany he has just had.

Responding to the news that a third man has been arrested in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, the Georgia man who was shot and killed after being seen entering a house under construction, King actually complimented Republicans in the state.

And this admission was “painful” for the man some see as the whitest black man in America — both parents on King’s birth certificate are white. When this information came to light, he countered to say that his mother had an affair with a light-skinned black man, who is actually his biological father.

King tweeted: “It pains me to say this, but I have found the Georgia Republicans in leadership to be far more responsive under pressure in the Ahmaud Arbery case than the key Kentucky Democrats in leadership in the Breonna Taylor case. Every single decision maker in Georgia was a Republican.”

Taylor is a 26-year-old emergency medical worker who was killed after being shot eight times by police in her home by police in March.

Police allegedly entered Taylor’s home with a warrant to search for illegal drugs and, according to the Louisville Metro Police Department, after announcing themselves, officers were “immediately met by gunfire” from Taylor’s boyfriend as they entered — an officer was shot in the leg by the man.

Police used a battering ram to enter the home, and no narcotics were found.

King proceeds to stress how “infuriating” it was that Democrats in Kentucky are not taking action in the case — he believes police committed “murder.”

Taking exception to what he characterized as “the ludicrous no-knock warrant used to murder Breonna Taylor,” King highlighted libertarian-minded Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who said “no-knock” search warrants should be banned altogether.

King summarized: “I’m not about to become a Republican, but I’m also not going to have Democrats slap us in the face and pretend I like it. Democrats think they can half ass, or flat out ignore the needs and demands of Black folk, and that we will take it silently. I refuse. They must step up.”

With the possibility that November may be an eye-opening experience for Democrats, given speculation about the level of support President Donald Trump enjoys, here’s an instructive response to the story from Twitter:

Tom Tillison


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