Shaun King was trending on Twitter early Wednesday, after Samaria Rice let him have it in a lengthy Instagram post. Samaria wrote two paragraphs accusing the well-known activist of robbing her “for the death of [her] son” by raising money in Tamir Rice’s name without her permission. The post, published Tuesday evening, came after Shaun released an episode for his podcast ‘The Breakdown With Shaun King’ about their conversation.
“Why do you think it’s so important to tell folks we had a conversation,” Samaria wrote. “Well we talked and everything that was said was very toxic and uncomfortable for me to hear that you raised additional money.”
Samaria also revealed that she never gave Shaun permission to raise the funds. She alleges that his reasoning for not requesting permission or telling her about the fundraising was because he did not want to “bother” her.
“Along with the United States, you robbed me for the death of my son,” Samaria wrote.
She continues on to accuse Shaun of being a “white man acting black” who cannot be “trusted.” Shaun, on the other hand, painted their chat in a completely different light saying it was “much-needed.”
“I learned a lot,” the podcast description says. “Listened a lot. Shared my heart. And pledged we would continue to fight to get justice and accountability for Tamir.”
As of Wednesday, the episode is not functional on Shaun’s website, The North Star, or available on other streaming platforms like Apple Podcasts.
As previously reported, the Department of Justice has declined to charge the two Cleveland police officers, named Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, involved in Tamir’s death. The department said the video of the shooting was too poor in quality to determine what exactly happened to Tamir.
Tamir’s story went viral after people learned that the 12-year-old was shot and killed by Timothy and Frank while playing outside with a pellet gun in 2014.
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