It’s the second coming of Rachel Dolezal.
Shaun King, a prominent leader in the Black Lives Matter movement, may have just been outed as a white man.
Boasting a vast following on Twitter, a title as justice columnist for a social progressive website, and acquiring a full-ride college scholarship from Oprah Winfrey to Morehouse (an award designated for black men, the site alleged) are the markings which have made King, 35, a go-to source for breaking news on police brutality against African-Americans around the country.
But there seems to be one hitch: He isn’t actually black, according to recent findings from conservative news website, Breitbart.
King has always claimed to be the son of a white woman and a black man, in various accounts online, including a philanthropic feature story published byRebel magazine in 2012.
“The son of a Caucasian mother and an African-American father, King was born on Sept. 17, 1979, in Versailles, KY., a town of 8,500 people,” a portion of the profile reads. King told the magazine that his father wasn’t around, and he was raised poor by his mother, who worked in a light bulb factory.
The activist detailed his own brush with “decades old racial tensions,” becoming the “focus of constant abuse of the resident rednecks” from his school on his blog, 100 Life Goals.
“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.”
King said he missed over a semester of school after one attack, which required a long recovery process and three spinal surgeries.
Breitbart unearthed a police report from the incident, which has his race listed as “white” and the injuries as “minor,” with no broken bones, lacerations, or loss of teeth.
The website obtained a copy of King’s birth certificate, which listed his father as a Jeffery Wayne King. An arrest record, with a mug shot of a Caucasian man, who the site says is the only J Wayne King in the state, seems to link the pair.
The activist, by his own personal account, was one of 500 recipients of Winfrey’s scholarship for students who attended the historically black college in Atlanta, Ga., the same school attended by Martin Luther King, Spike Lee, and Samuel L. Jackson.
The college, for its part, said it doesn’t grant scholarships to students based on race.
While on the promotional trail for “Selma” in January, Winfrey told Peoplemagazine that she felt the Black Lives Matter movement required leadership.
“This is what we want. This is what has to change, and these are the step that we need to take to make these changes, and this what we’re willing to do to get it,” Winfrey told the magazine.
King retorted, penning a piercing critique of Winfrey’s comments with an editorial for The Guardian a week later.
“Has Oprah been living under a rock since August?” King wrote. “What she says she was looking for – change – has happened, on the highest levels, for 150 days and counting.”
King noted the action taken after the death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, as well as a meeting with President Obama in the White House, and rallying the grassroots organization for justice for Eric Garner, who was killed after being placed in an illegal chokehold by a white officer on Staten Island.
After news of the report broke, King shared a note via Facebook, aiming to discredit the Breitbart exposé.
“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 sever injuries to my spine. I had three brutal spinal surgeries during that time and it changed the entire course of my life,” the status reads.
King attached a note from a fellow student, Shea Gold, who claimed to be around during the ambush.
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SOURCE: New York Daily News