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. 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 his tweets below.
By Carl Lamarre