Angry social justice activist Shaun King has many reasons for not denouncing Louis Farrakhan's anti-Semitism. Like, Farrakhan's son just died. Also, I never met him. Almost too many reasons to count. (Aside from the fact that if you're this white, you need as much cred as you can get.)
But here are 11.
1. It's racist to ask Shaun King to denounce Farrakhan
The more I speak up for the human rights and dignity of Palestine, the more Jewish leaders ask me to speak out against Louis Farrakhan.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 3, 2018
I’m sorry but that’s preposterous.
It’s racist for you to even ask me this. I’m not responsible for a single word that comes out of his mouth
2. Instead of asking me to denounce Farrakhan, look at how Israel is killing people
I’ll be frank @JGreenblattADL.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 3, 2018
This brave beautiful soul, Razan al-Najjar, a Palestinian medic, was just shot & killed by an Israeli sniper.
If today you’re more bothered by a sermon from Louis Farrakhan than this, I’m deeply concerned by how differently we see the world. pic.twitter.com/pK9wjVc7er
3. Being asked to denounce Farrakhan is some sort of Jewish conspiracy
What I see is leaders who speak out and speak up for the human rights of Palestine keep being linked to Louis Farrakhan in some bizarre strategy to discredit us.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 3, 2018
I refuse to be in some perpetual state of denouncing and apologizing for the words of random Black folk.
4. Shaun King never even met Farrakhan
I have never met Louis Farrakhan.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 31, 2018
I am not responsible for anything he says or does.
I am also not responsible for other people who may respect or admire him.
If that issue is critical for you, and that's your business, you will have to take that up with them.
5. Farrakhan's Son Just Died
Minister Louis Farrakhan’s son just passed away. Yet here I am, drowning in tweets from Jewish folk asking me to denounce him today. I won’t.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 3, 2018
I’m just not responsible for him. Never have been. Never will be.
Can you take one day off on this while they grieve?
6. You're just saying Farrakhan is anti-Semitic
Someone said, "Shaun - you can't tell us what is or is not anti-Semitic."— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 31, 2018
Defining your oppression for yourself is your privilege.
But if me not rejecting a person who did not reject a person who you say is anti-Semitic makes me anti-Semitic, then we do have a problem.
7. Shaun King is not responsible for things you think Farrakhan is saying that may not even be anti-Semitic
Sorry that you saw all that I have said and just see weakness. I'm not flip flopping.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 31, 2018
I'm openly saying that I am never responsible for whatever Minister Farrakhan says or doesn't say - whether someone deems it anti-Semitic or not.
This is true.
8. Tamika Mallory isn't responsible for supporting Farrakhan either because she doesn't control his Twitter
You can talk about Farrakhan all you want. She doesn’t manage this man’s social media and isn’t responsible for it.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) March 3, 2018
9. Shaun King fights Neo-Nazis so you can't call him anti-Semitic
I'll be frank.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) March 10, 2018
The moment you call me anti-Semitic, we part ways.
I've put the safety of my whole family on the line fighting Neo-Nazis.
I'll fight for you - whether you like me or not, but call me anti-Semitic - or foolishly compare me to Trump or Bannon - and we're done.
10. Tamika Mallory's anti-Semitism is a black church thing
Again. I’ll say it a thousand times.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) March 3, 2018
What Tamika tweeted was not anti-Semitic. It wasn’t even about Jewish people in general.
In the Black Church tradition we often compare our enemies to the enemies of Jesus. I’ve done it.
It has NOTHING to do with hate speech.
11. Loving Farrakhan doesn't make you a bigot
I want you to see this tweet and all 3 photos. For context. Look closely.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) March 10, 2018
What I want you to understand is that while it is true for many of you that @LouisFarrakhan represents bigotry, this man’s love of him has absolutely nothing to do with anti-Semitism or bigotry. https://t.co/YzUnOceoh9