Prominent Black Lives Matter Activist Shaun King is being accused of lying to the public by portraying a biracial man when he is actually White in a scandal that is being referred to as Rachel Dolezal 2.0
35. The hilariously tragic part of this is that articles full of lies tried to critique my honesty and reposition me as a fraud. Never that.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 19, 2015
King has been an outspoken activist with a large social media following, national media attention and even received a full-ride scholarship to Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA — a predominantly Black all male university — from Oprah Winfrey.
Despite King’s accolades, one conservative news site called Breitbart has attempted to invalidate King’s “blackness” and depict him as a liar.
31. Every single person who knows me BEYOND Twitter, beyond trending topics and HIT PIECES, knows I have never lied about my race.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 19, 2015
King has always maintained that he was born to a White mother and a Black father in Versailles, Kentucky. He has detailed — via social media and in interviews — accounts of racism and violence against him during his adolescence from White peers.
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One time in particular, King said he was beaten so brutally that he missed an entire semester of school and had to endure three spinal surgeries.
“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,” King wrote in a Facebook status.
“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.”
Breitbart claims to have retrieved a police report from the incident that labels King’s injuries as minor with no broken bones, lacerations or missing teeth and notes his race as White.
The site also got a hold of King’s birth certificate which names his father as “Jeffery Wayne King” and supposedly the only man known by that name on record in the state of Kentucky is a White man.
King took to Facebook to defend himself against the smear campaign surrounding his ethnicity. A former classmate also further corroborated his story by detailing his own account of what happened when King was attacked back in high school.
King has not provided comments directly to media outlets explicitly about his race, but he has defended himself and the incident that has been deemed a hate crime because of his African American heritage on social media.