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Innocent until proven guilty is the American legal mantra.

So, with that in mind I want to talk about writer, activist, pastor and Black Lives Matter leader, Shaun King.

Is he white?

Is he black?

Is he both?

Reports have surfaced that he may not be what he says he is; black or biracial.

Reports also state that he may have lied about being the victim of an alleged hate crime in 1995 as a sophomore at his rural Kentucky High School.

King reportedly wrote in his blog, in his book and on twitter in 2009 that, “15 years ago when I was a sophomore in high school I was brutally beaten to a pulp. Missed two years of high school.


The report asserts that King claims he was attacked by a dozen “racist” and “redneck” students.

Profiles about King also assert that the assault was one of Kentucky’s first registered hate crimes.

The police report and the detective who allegedly investigated the incident show and say otherwise; that it was never classified as a hate crime.

Both indicate that it was a one on one altercation over a girl.

Two of King’s friends have taken to social media to defend him, saying the incident did actually happen.

CNN commentator and attorney Areva Martin tells CNN that if true, “This story is so disturbing in light of Rachel Dolezal all and Jared Fogle. Individuals who lived double lives and perpetrate frauds on the public are becoming increasingly more prevalent.”

Martin says that, “In this case, given his claim of being a civil rights activist, draws negative attention and assumptions about the Black Lives Matter movement and the authenticity of its leaders.  It is never acceptable to lie about your race take away not to gain financial benefits such as a scholarship and leadership roles in black organizations. By doing so you undermine the credibility of the organization and its work.”

My producers have spoken to a King family member who says both of his parents are white and that he is indeed white.

The family member also say the high school fight, though not a hate crime, was racially motivated because King was dating a black girl at the time who is now his wife.

I have been in communication with King.

I will not share the details of our conversations, but what I will say is that he is very distraught right now.

King claims the allegations are a hit job by Right Wing Conservatives.

He may be right about that.

In a text to me last night King told me there were three things he wanted to convey.

  1. This attack isn’t about me so much, but is about derailing Black Lives Matter and the movement against police brutality.
  1. The reports are all lies. I tried hard to debunk them and others have said they are lies as well.
  1. I will speak soon.

And when I asked him if he was legally black or white he says he’s bi-racial.

However, he did not answer my question on what ethnicity is on his birth certificate.

In the whole scheme of things, does it matter what color Shaun King is?


What matters is if he misrepresented himself to gain access to programs or funds set aside for minorities.

Isn’t that why so many people were up in arms about Rachel Dolezal?

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18 thoughts on “Don Lemon on Shaun King: Black Lives Matter And So Do White Lies

  1. Don, I find it VERY sad that education and safe places for kids to play like rec centers need funding but families of criminals keep getting these payouts when the criminals would have NEVER earned that amount LEGALLY!!! This is why for me every dead black child makes BLM more of a joke! I tell all my child’s friends please don’t be police when your friends will ignore your death in the line of duty and march for the criminal! God what about the children (Yolanda Adams sweet voice)?

  2. “And when I asked him if he was legally black or white he says he’s bi-racial.”

    Lemon, you are creeping onto Nazi territory. Fast.

    It was the Nazis who demanded that everyone prove his racial history and instituted an intolerable racial bureaucracy. And even in Nazi Germany, this system was known to be porous as a sieve, and even accidential misrepresentations common.

    Listed fathers are not always real fathers.

    Do you actually demand King to claim his mother having an affair / fathering a child with someone else?

    What kind of Ariernachweis do you demand?

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  4. All lives matter,but black lives matter is a needed voice in america cause of the injustices to blacks in this lives matter continue there good work and continue to be a voice for black folks there needed and should be litsened to.

  5. When you say “Don Lemon: Making Them Think” is the implication that Don Lemon is an intellectual challenging our preconceived notions? I hope not because the only thing he makes me think is just how ignorant the producers think the BAW audience is and that the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” crew has less sense than a field hand. This dude is not deep.

  6. Brianna Amore on said:

    You are all assuming the worst about Shaun King, and participating in the RACIST HIT JOB being perpetrated by Breitbart for the express intention of bringing down the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Take a good long look in the mirror at yourselves. You believe the lies being spewed by the racist right wing, who are using “divide and conquer” to single out a member of the black community. Shaun King has spent his LIFE fighting for the rights of black people, and you all are so willing to tear him down because he doesn’t pass your definition of being “black enough”?

    His mother had an affair with a black man, she ADMITS THIS HERSELF. His white father still made sure he was taken care of and had a family, rather than being cast out for something he had NO control over. He has been victimized over and over by the white community because he stood up for black people in his school, and now you are all so willing to throw him under the bus.

    This is DISGUSTING behavior from the black community who should be RALLYING around Shaun King. He is NO Rachel Dolezal. He could have denied his blackness but instead he chose to embrace it, even though it meant embracing a one-night stand made by his mother, and all the shame associated with that. He has accomplished much in his life, even though he was brutally beaten by white people who couldn’t stand that he was able to fight for his own rights. Now he is being victimized by EVERY ONE who doubts his racial background.

    Take a good, hard look in the mirror folks. You are simply being played for fools by the RACIST WHITES who control Breitbart and the media.

  7. I saw Don Lemon’s opportunistic piece on CNN about this. There’s a reason why the Columbia Journalism Review named Lemon with the prestigious DART award, as one of the worst journalists in America in 2014. Apparently, the pile can get higher.

  8. It is so sad that King felt he had to do this. He could have just as easily aligned himself with the cause without lying about it. Now, everyone knows he is not trustworthy.

    • specialt757 on said:

      Demp109 that’s funny, until now I only thought it only a benefit to “pass as white” not the other way around. Why do they need “special” assistance in getting any kind of funding for anything? Up until now I thought “white privilege was the thing to have, still confused as to what changed.
      I do think however, that some people have a nature to “take on projects”. Maybe they see this as a way of fulfilling their “purpose” in life. Of course if God wanted them to be black, that was easy enough for Him to accomplish.

  9. When Shaun King is racially profiled by the cops, pulled out of his vehicle and beat the hell up-let’s just see if he still wishes to be Black then!!!!!!

    First, it was that dam Rachel chick claiming to be and wanting to be Black, now this boy.

  10. October on said:

    Maybe being Black is the in-thing now. I have no problem with that. Look how long we had to identify with the White culture.

  11. Timothy Green on said:

    Interesting twist “white folks” claiming to be black now … I like how whenever folks (all ethnicities) are called out on lies from their past they always blame it on conspiracies

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