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Black Lives Matter Activist Accused of Being White, Pretending To Be Black
by Staff / August 20, 2015 Black News, Latest Posts No Comments

shaun kingBy James A. Merritt

Adding on to the highly publicized story of Rachel Dolezal in June, is the story of another “Black” leader who has been recently ousted as a white man. Shaun King, a key figure in the Black Lives Matter movement, claimed to be Black, and like Dolezal, presented himself as such to his advantage.

King, an author and writer, is one of the leading voices speaking out against police brutality on social media, presented himself as a “Mixed” Black man, even claiming in past interviews that his father is black and his mother is white. His birth certificate however tells a different story, listing his parents as both white. In high school, King alleges he was the victim of a hate crime because he was “Mixed.” The police report detailing that event lists his race as White. Moreover, King applied for and received a coveted Oprah scholarship to Morehouse College. The scholarships are exclusively for African-American men and Morehouse is a Historically Black College and University.

The 35-year-old seems unfazed by the current controversy. Via Twitter he proclaimed, “Out of LOVE for my family, I’ve never gone public with my racial story because it’s hurtful, scandalous, and it’s MY STORY.”

These claims were first uncovered by the site ReNews-It, and then Breitbart. King initially responded on Twitter by stating,”The key facts about my biological relatives are all wrong. They tried, but my family, like many of yours, is one big mess. Like many of you, I have siblings I don’t know, siblings I’m estranged from, and a family full of secrets, divorce, affairs, etc. ‘No 2 siblings in my family have the same set of parents. We’re all over the place. Some of us are not even blood relatives.”

In response to the claims that he only suffered minor injuries during the attack that took place in high school, King wrote, “Over 20 years ago, when I was 15 years old, I was beaten so badly I missed the next 20 months of school recovering from fractures to my face and ribs, and severe injuries to my spine.” He went on to say, “I had three brutal spinal surgeries during that time and it changed the entire course of my life. I received counseling for PTSD and have had multiple spinal surgeries and years of physical therapy since.”

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On his Daily Kos profile, King classified the incident as a hate crime and said, “High school was a rude awakening for me. I quickly found myself in the middle of decades old racial tensions and became the focus of constant abuse of the resident rednecks of my school.” He went on to say. “I had half 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 ho chased me down and nearly mauled me as I walked home from a school dance. I reported it to the school, having saw each guy in the car, but they did nothing about it.”

King also doesn’t see anything wrong with receiving a scholarship dedicated to Black Men. In response King said, “Oprah Winfrey paid my way through Morehouse. The leadership scholarship that I received from her is why I have a college degree today. Five hundred other brothers have the exact same story.”

If true, this story would have remarkable similarities to that of Rachel Dolezal, the civil rights activist and NAACP head from Spokane, Washington who purposely mislead people about her racial background. Dolezal was forced to step down from her NAACP position and lost her job at a local university after the scandal broke. She has maintained however that she identifies as black. Individuals who have questioned King’s race and the details of his attack in high school now claim he is blocking them from his feed.

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