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Is Shaun King a Black man?

On Wednesday afternoon (Aug 19.), The Daily Kos staff writer and #BlackLivesMatter activist came under fire thanks to a story released by the New York Daily News questioning the legitimacy of his claims of being biracial.

King was slammed by the conservative website Breitbart, for allegedly duping Oprah into giving him a full-ride scholarship to Morehouse College, which was created primarily for African Americans. The justice columnist has gone on record on numerous occasions defending his ethnicity, stating that his mother is Caucasian and that his father is African American.

On his blog, 100 Goals, King mentioned his constant bouts with racial discrimination and violence at school, most notably when he was allegedly beaten to near death by truck drivers.

“I had a dozen fights my freshman year, had a jar of tobacco spit thrown on me in the middle of the school day, and came a few feet away from being run over by a pickup truck full of guys who chased me down and nearly mauled me as I walked home from a school dance,” King wrote. “I reported it to the school, having saw each guy in the car, but they did nothing about it.”

Breitbart sought to debunk many of his claims, unearthing a police report from an incident in which King’s race is listed as “white” and his injuries as “minor.”

In addition, Breitbart reportedly obtained his birth certificate, and his father is listed as Jeffery Wayne King. A mug shot of King shows a caucasian man to match the description of the birth certificate.

King has responded to these claims by posting a bevy of tweets (35 and counting) that directly and indirectly address many of the claims leveled against him..

Check out the tweets on the next page.

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9 thoughts on “Black Lives Matter Activist Shaun King Questioned About Being Black

  1. Did anyone ever think maybe his mother had him by a black man while married to a white man. He did mention something about scandal. In that case, I am sure she would have put father on birth certicate as white.

  2. Zerkeise on said:

    The big picture is forever forgotten. I still pray that one day everybody will open their eyes. We are all God’s children. For there is no respect of persons with God. Romans 2:11

  3. Reflections on said:

    The media will do anything to discredit the ‘BLACK LIVES MATTERS” movement. Who cares what color his is he is fighting to stop the police from killing unarmed and mentally ill.

  4. I do not know what to think of this story as it was investigated and brought to light by Breitbart.

    Any-o-way, if Shaun King were using his real name and not a pseudonym [all over the internet,] then I would suspect that a family member and/or childhood friend would have already come forward. Likewise, I would think that a family member and/or childhood friend would have vouched for him. (Perhaps DeacTheVillian?)

    I have seen police reports that have listed people as Caucasian whereas the person did not look Caucasian (to me,) but Mexican. Likewise, I have seen police reports list people as “Other” when it appeared to me that the person was “Mixed”. (shrug)

    I suppose it does not matter if he is Black, White or whatever, just as long as he is LEGITIMATELY standing up for the right cause. Rachel Dolezal did it and increased the number of membership for the NAACP. However, I get REALLY irritated when someone lies about being beaten due to the color of their skin! I REALLY was upset when Dolezal did it and I will be equally disgruntled if King is doing the same.

    I suppose we will learn the truth

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