Shaun King: Activist Ignoramus

Deep thoughts from Shaun King…

Activists who have neither knowledge nor understanding of the government, the Constitution, civics and basic political realities should be accorded no respect, attention or influence. Since their pronouncements and assertions are based on bad information and misconceptions (and perhaps stupidity), who cares what they think about an issue? The news media should ignore them; politicians should ignore them; everyone should ignore them. Well, except to mock them. They deserved to be mocked.

This brings us to Shaun King, the Black Lives Matter activist and writer—and the fact that someone as ignorant as King can make a living as a writer is disturbing in itself.  He is on the staff of The New York Daily News as the “senior justice writer.” I’ll remind you of this later.

King just delivered his signature significance self-exposé via his favorite mode of communication, social media, in this case, Twitter. This means that many thousands of his followers, as well as the news media, now have incontrovertible evidence to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he knows less about the country he lives in and its government than we should expect from a 7th grader.

Behold!

Yesterday, King announced on Twitter what he called “serious but wild” questions. Sit down for this. I mean it.

His first:

1. Can the people of the United States somehow hold a vote now, or next year, to oust Donald Trump? Like a recall of some sort?

His second…

In laymen’s terms, what would it take for the USA to pass a Constitutional Amendment for a President Recall like CA has for a Governor?

Uh oh…I was afraid of this…

There goes the head…

It’s almost insulting to point out what is wrong with these moronic questions, so I’ll keep it short.

Answer to the first question: No. You idiot.

Answers to the second: 1) Look it up. The document is called “The Constitution.” 2) A miracle.

Other observations:

1. Both questions, though especially the first, disqualify King from any role in serious national policy discourse, though, to be fair, his earlier statements did that as well.

2. Who knows what Shaun would think if he ever had a decent education in history and civics?

3. In addition to demonstrating inexcusable ignorance, the tweets show stunning laziness and stupidity. The man really doesn’t know how foolish these questions make him appear!

4. Here is the really scary part, though: how many of his followers recognize his tweets for the confession of incompetence and ignorance they are?

5. Now the reminder I promised: Shaun King is on the staff of The New York Daily News as the “senior justice writer.” That’s right: a big city daily employs as a senior justice writer someone who knows as much about the Constitution as my dog, who doesn’t know how to check the Constitution using Google, and is too lazy to try before announcing his ignorance to the world. The paper pays him. To inform their readers. Which he is incapable of doing. What does this tell us about the The New York Daily News, its management and editors?

 

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49 responses to “Shaun King: Activist Ignoramus

  1. Rick M.

    Do King, Sharpton and a few others just reinforce every negative stereotype white America has regarding blacks? They certainly have an abundance of their alter personalities in white America, but generally they are dismissed via the “R” word.

  2. Michael Ejercito

    If this is the only opposition the Honorable Donald J. Trump has, he has nothing to worry about.

  3. Steve-O-in-NJ

    (shrug) For decades the Berrigan brothers and their few disciples were treated like moral giants by many when they were nothing more than anarchists and vandals hiding behind the Gospel. The stuff they spewed deliberately flouted the Constitution, the government, civics, and basic political realities, because they believed they had something better. John Dear tried the same, before the Jesuits kicked him out of the order in 2013 because he was more interested in grandstanding than ministering, and he showed no more understanding of political reality than your average 7 year old would have.

    The one thing these characters have that King also has is a knack for saying outrageous things that appeal to those who also lack understanding of the way this nation and its government work. They also appeal to the “what if?” element of thinking that goes into songs like “Imagine” and “Picture a World” (though that’s more a kids song). Maybe you can’t do very much to alter your immediate life, but the thought that somehow, some day, someone or several someones will make the leadership you don’t like disappear, will finally bring permanent peace to the world, and will finally bring justice between the races. In the end it’s just appealing to dreams that can never be, though.

  4. Jack asked, “how many of his followers recognize his tweets for the confession of incompetence and ignorance they are?”

    I’m sad to say that I have some friends that fall into the same you just can’t fix stupid category as Sean King resides. Even when I talk to grown adults that think like this, I get the feeling that I’m talking to a Junior High or High School student that believes everything their friends told them and real adults with real facts “just don’t understand”. I’m absolutely seriously, it’s like talking to an immature ignoramus.

    If this is not the result of dumbing down, I don’t know what is.

    • Again; I have poor proof reading skills.

      “I’m absolutely serious, it’s like talking to an immature ignoramus.”

    • And this is the result of the marvelous public education system that had to be protected from Betsey DeVos at all costs.

    • Steve-O-in-NJ

      Or “you just can’t fix an ideologue.” Frankly talking to ideologues is often a waste of time and unpleasant. You can’t discuss politics with a Bernie or Hillary true believer. You can’t discuss Ireland with a Hibernian. You can’t discuss immigration with most Latinos. Their brains just liquefy and run out of their ears like Liquid Plumr down a drain. Dale Carnegie used to cite two examples: Albert Fall, the disgraced Secretary of the Interior who engineered his own fall with the Teapot Dome scandal, and career criminal Francis “Two-Gun” Crowley. Apparently even after Fall was tried, convicted, and jailed, his family still maintained vociferously he had done nothing wrong, and when Crowley faced the electric chair his last words were “this is what I get for defending myself.” Sometimes you just have to accept other folks will not agree with the facts and say “this is a conversation you and I can’t have.”

  5. J. Houghton

    I never heard of Sean King, but I expect in the world of social media there are many other similarly deluded individuals. And yes, this is worrisome that misinformed, uneducated and misguided people have the power of social media “soap box” with few limitations as is guaranteed by our 1st Amendment.

    But what worries me more are people like Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post who openly and aggressively advocate impeachment of the president after a little over one month as soon as the Democrats take over the House and Senate in 2018, or if that doesn’t work an earlier removal of the president for incapacitation by a majority decision of cabinet members under Amendment XXV, Section 4… essentially a “palace coup”.

    Obviously, President Trump is impulsive, inexperienced, and prone to make mistakes in his presidential capacity. But the extreme rhetoric we are seeing in the so called “legitimate” mainstream media will take a toll on the president’s credibility, whatever that may have been on January 20th, and will undermine the authority of government in general. Furthermore, it will spur on people like Sean King to say ever more absurd things to continue the process of making America dumber than ever.

    • How did you miss him? If anyone is the face of BLM, it’s him. he’s on MSNBC all the time.

      • J. Houghton

        Guess I need to spend more time at MSNBC. Or maybe not…

      • It’s… Strange… to me… The different treatments between Rachel Dolezal and Talcum X here. Why was she ostracised out of the NAACP and he gets a talking head spot on MSNBC, a senior writer job for a paper, and a position as “investigative journalist” on TYT?

        The only difference I can see is that Dolezal eventually admitted her parents were white, where Sean threw his mother under the bus and called her a ho.

        • “Talcum X?” THAT got an audible gut laugh!

          Might I sue that, with proper citation?

        • Chris

          I mean…we know for a fact that Dolezal isn’t really part-black. We don’t know that in Shaun King’s case. That would seem to be the more important difference.

          • Oh bull. If you want to humor King’s delusion that his mother cheated on his father, why not assume the same of Rachel? What? Rachel had the class not to throw her mother under the bus, so she’s less believable? No.

            Jeffery Shaun King, Like Rachel Dolezal, has childhood photos depicting a pale, freckled curly ginger child, crawling over their white parents. It’s a stage act, Chris…. Even if… Let’s say… to humor the argument, Shaun King knows more about his conception that his mother… He CHOSE to dye his hair, tan his skin, apply makeup and style himself in the most stereo-typically black fashion imaginable. IT’s 1) Kinda weird. and 2) Parallels Dolezal perfectly… Right down to their original hair colour.

            • Chris

              Oh bull. If you want to humor King’s delusion that his mother cheated on his father, why not assume the same of Rachel? What? Rachel had the class not to throw her mother under the bus, so she’s less believable? No.

              Huh? How do you know it’s a delusion?

              Dolezal never claimed that she had black ancestry. Her claim is that despite having no black ancestry, she herself is black. That is prima facie a more ridiculous claim than King’s.

              You do know that there are black people with freckles and curly red hair, right? Other pictures of King as a teenager look like pictures of a black kid to me.

              He CHOSE to dye his hair, tan his skin, apply makeup and style himself in the most stereo-typically black fashion imaginable.

              Lots of people get tans and dye their hair. Does he apply makeup? If he does that to make himself look more black, then I agree there’s something fishy there, but this is the first I’ve heard of this.

              • “Huh? How do you know it’s a delusion?”

                Because he contradicts himself. He’s admitted that he doesn’t KNOW who his father is, but says he KNOWS that his father is a ‘light-skinned black man’. He “KNOWS” this because his mother told him so, apparently. I say apparently, because she’s never corroborated it. But even if that were true, she couldn’t know either, because apparently she was so loose she doesn’t know his father’s name, and was still doing the white man she called Shaun’s father on his birth certificate, because Jeffrey King thought Jeffery King was his son, enough so to give him his own name. More, I can only imagine how confusing that must be for a child, not knowing who his father is. This might be projection, but if I didn’t know who my father was, but there was a candidate in front of me that MIGHT have been, I might want to figure that out. You’re right, I don’t KNOW. But I’m applying Occam’s razor and if at any time Shaun cared to prove people that think like me wrong, he could take one of the people up on the DNA tests he’s been offered.

                “Dolezal never claimed that she had black ancestry.”

                Except for all the times she showed people a picture of a black man and said that it was her father, including, but not limited to, her biography on the NAACP website.

                “You do know that there are black people with freckles and curly red hair, right? Other pictures of King as a teenager look like pictures of a black kid to me.”

                You do know that white kids can get their hair cut like that too, right?

                This:

                Turned into this:

                Turned into this:

                That’s not his hairline. He plucks his eyebrows, And yes, when going on air, he puts on makeup. It seems… desperate….. And weird.

                • Chris

                  Except for all the times she showed people a picture of a black man and said that it was her father, including, but not limited to, her biography on the NAACP website.

                  Ah. I’d forgotten that.

                  Still, even after she admitted that was not her father, she still claimed to be black on the basis that that’s how she feels.

                  White still claims to have a black father. I have not evaluated the merit of that claim. I am saying that his current argument for being black is more logical than Dolezal’s.

                  I’ll have to look into your other claims about King. I have no vested interest in him–I think I’ve shared some things from him before, but other times I’ve found his analysis stupid and shallow (like the tweets that are the subject of this post).

    • Matthew B

      What I can’t figure out is the end game of the “impeach Trump” crowd. All I can surmise is that they are completely ignorant of the constitution’s handling of presidential vacancies.

      To start with, do they really want a president Pence? We can quibble over items like Trump’s position on gay marriage, abortion, and other, similar topics. Not so with Pence. He’s quite to the right of Trump on such topics.

      From there I haven’t heard where they would try and go. I presume they are unaware of the “Selected, not elected” President Ford. As soon as Trump is out, a replacement VP selection process occurs. Who is in charge? That would be the newly sworn in President Pence and the US Senate. Maybe they forgot to look at who’s in charge…

      • Chris

        I would vigorously oppose nearly all of Pence’s policies.

        But he is an adult. I can tell you right now that he wouldn’t accuse Obama of wiretapping him without evidence, wouldn’t tweet against every person who criticized him, wouldn’t rant about the size of his inauguration crowds, and wouldn’t spread baseless conspiracy theories. He would read intelligence briefings, would not abuse his position to increase his family’s personal wealth, and would be civil. For those reasons alone, he would make a superior president to Donald Trump.

        • deery

          Lawfu evil > chaotic evil.

          • Isaac

            Seriously, evil? Are you guys 12?

            • Chris

              No. I believed evil people didn’t really exist when I was 12.

              Then I grew up.

              Question: Do you think Hillary Clinton is evil?

              • Steve-O-in-NJ

                I played TSR games too, guys. Although I don’t believe the neat alignment system of law-chaos and good-evil that Gary Gygax made popular then works in the real world, I do believe evil people exist, on the personal level (Albert Fish, Jack the Ripper), the organizational level (Al Capone, Torquemada), and the national level (Stalin, Hitler), though they are defined as much by what they did as by what they thought or what was in their hearts. Many folks never became evil because they never got a chance to do evil things or much. Games and stories are a lousy source for morality and ethics, though, since they tend to be very protagonist-centered. Even historical ethics and morality break down after a point: Michael Collins, patriot or terrorist? Charlemagne, hero or early holocaust architect? William Kuntsler, champion of civil rights or enabler of the criminal?

                As for Hillary, I think she was corrupt, I think she was a pathological liar, and I think she was a proto-tyrant, but she didn’t do enough wrong or enough damage to be considered evil. I refuse to apply the label of evil to recent presidents, though when I was in my 20s other students threw it around with gay abandon. I really think it’s dangerous to start applying the label evil to political leaders outside the realm of dictators unless there is evidence of abuse of force or corruption. Obama was an arrogant jerk and an ideologue, but he wasn’t evil. GWB attempted a Wilsonian overreach in the ME, but he wasn’t evil. Bill Clinton was a pig, but he wasn’t evil. Nixon was close. Wilson was close. Not sure about John Adams.

            • dragin_dragon

              Isaac, it’s a Dungeons And Dragons reference. Part of the character generation process. Yes, they are, if they think D&D has any referent to real life.

      • Other Bill

        See the Charles Blow article where he says he wants “a pause” while Trump is investigated. A “pause” for which there is not constitutional or statutory authority. Absolute lunacy. Impeachment, conviction and removal is the only remedy. Chris and deery and Warren and fattymoon and a host of others want Trump removed because they don’t like him or his policies (regardless of whether or not Trump has actually articulated or implemented any policies).

        • Chris

          Other Bill:

          Chris and deery and Warren and fattymoon and a host of others want Trump removed because they don’t like him or his policies

          No, I want him removed because he is unfit for office. I don’t think he should be removed, however, until there is proof of lawbreaking or another clearly impeachable offense.

          regardless of whether or not Trump has actually articulated or implemented any policies).

          I guess all those executive orders just fucking signed themselves, then.

          • I don’t think you understood the clarification attached by the “regardless”.

            It reads more that Other Bill thinks you hate Trump just because you hate Trump. Not because of any other reason, hence the “whether or not…” part.

            • Chris

              To me it seemed to cast doubt on the idea that Trump had implemented any policies at all. That might not be what OB meant, but it is a common argument I see here–“Wait until Trump actually does something before you criticize him!”–which ignores that Trump actually has, in fact, done things.

  6. Wayne

    He must have got a lot of sleep in civics class in high school. I wonder where he went to study journalism or political science and how far he got in his “studies”.

  7. “In laymen’s terms”

    I’m trying to give him some credit, that maybe he did try to look it up and couldn’t understand the process.

  8. ”Here is the really scary part, though: how many of his followers recognize his tweets for the confession of incompetence and ignorance they are?”

    Precious few, and I submit that anyone with the questionable mental acuity to actually follow him raises its own ‘red flag.’

    Whoopsie! I sincerely hope ‘red’ flag doesn’t trigger a micro-aggression,

    A possible cause?

    “A 2016 UK survey found that, since 1990, rates of depression and anxiety among the young have increased by 70%, while the American Counseling Association has reported a ‘rising tide of personality disorders among millennials.’

    ”That such disorders (the High Conflict Personality Disorder category, Axis II in DSM-5, including Anti-Social PD, Histrionic PD, Paranoid PD, Narcissistic PD, and Borderline PD, etc.) appear to be an acute problem with this generation may be an unintended outcome of the unprecedented experiment conducted in the 1990s and 2000s by progressive parents.

    ”In 2014, a survey of 100,000 college students at 53 U.S. campuses by the American College Health Association found that 84% of U.S. students feel unable to cope, while more than half experience overwhelming anxiety.”

    84 %? How many never hearing “no,” truly believing that ideological opposition is “hate speech,” dependent on mood elevators, and searching for answers and clamoring for salvation from someone/anyone/something/anything?

    Think that doesn’t open up a mammoth gulf of an exploitable niche to be unscrupulously mined by dastardly charlatans? Yikes!

    The real scary part? King is just a moronic piker, think what an experienced mountebank (ala L. Ron Hubbard) could do with this vast trove of malleable cannon fodder?

    • joed68

      “Think that doesn’t open up a mammoth gulf of an exploitable niche to be unscrupulously mined by dastardly charlatans? Yikes!”
      Armies of social workers, and an obscene amount of wealth for the pharmaceutical giants.

  9. Glenn Logan

    In defense of Sean King…

    Well, no. Never mind. I can’t defend him.

    How can you know anything about “social justice” if you’re completely clueless about the “social” half of the equation? For that matter, how can you know anything at all about justice in general if you’re ignorant of the supreme law of the land?

    I’m afraid only the New York Daily News can tell us that. Should we trust them if they do?

    Nah.

  10. John Billingsley

    Isn’t your dog offended by you comparing its intelligence to Sean’s?

  11. dragin_dragon

    I keep a copy of the Constitution in my ‘Favorites” list. Why? Because SO many people who have no idea try to tell me what it says. I have been known to print the thing out and hand it to them, and ask them to high-light the part that says what they think it says. Results so far: Me 128, friends and neighbors 0. My only advantage is that I am curious enough to read the thing every so often.

    • There are only about 60 people in the world that might remember this; if you’re one of those few don’t reveal the identity of man behind the pseudonym.

      Many years ago when I was going through United States Army Basic Training and Infantry School there were some frustrated individuals in my platoon that were asking themselves why the hell they chose to do this to themselves; my personal response to these questions was to have a family member order from the United States Archive a copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and send them to me, I posted them in the day room.

      Knowledge and a purpose driven life can make a difference.

  12. Wayne

    Sean King is the Jeff Spicoli of the left. (“Fat Times at Ridgemont High”).

  13. It’s “Shaun,” not Sean or Shawn. At least according to his Twitter,

  14. I got caught on the first “Senior Justice writer.” What kind of nuggets would his juniors come up with? This is why actual classes on how to use computers or internet should be tied to real topics like civics and geography. Two birds, one class.

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