A family member told CNN’s Don Lemon that #BlackLivesMatter activist Shaun King is indeed white and not biracial as he claims. Talk about Rachel Dolezal 2.0!
Lemon said during Wednesday night’s edition of CNN Tonight, “A family member tells CNN that both of King’s parents are white.”
King has been blasted by conservative sites such as Breitbart, Daily Caller and The Blaze for fabricating his ethnicity and embellishing or lying about a racially motivated hate crime that occurred during his high school days.
The same family member told Lemon that Shaun King had gotten into a fight because he was “a white guy dating a black girl.”
Lemon asked King about his racial identity: “Initially he did not answer but later referred to himself as biracial. But then when I asked him if that’s what it shows on his birth certificate I did not hear back from him. No answer on that.”
In other words, Shaun King pulled a Rachel Dolezal, but why? There were many whites who played a key role in the Civil Rights Movement, so there is no need for King or Dolezal to try to pass as black to stand up for racial justice and equality.
UPDATE #1 (08-20-15): Shaun King wrote a piece rebug the claims that he is white. He wrote, “I refuse to speak in detail about the nature of my mother’s past or her sexual partners and I am gravely embarrassed to even be saying this now…”
… but I have been told for most of my life that the white man on my birth certificate is not my biological father and that my actual biological father is a light-skinned black man. My mother and I have discussed her affair. She was a young woman in a bad relationship and I have no judgment. This has been my lived reality for nearly 30 of my 35 years on earth. I am not ashamed of it, or of who I am—never that—but I was advised by my pastor nearly 20 years ago that this was not a mess of my doing and it was not my responsibility to fix it. All of my siblings and I have different parents. I’m actually not even sure how many siblings I have. It is horrifying to me that my most personal information, for the most nefarious reasons, has been forced out into the open and that my private past and pain have been used as jokes and fodder to discredit me and the greater movement for justice in America. I resent that lies have been reported as truth and that the obviously racist intentions of these attacks have been consistently downplayed at my expense and that of my family….
I am not here to judge this guy, but wouldn’t a simple DNA test help clear up any hearsay? That’s basically what he is going off…hearsay from his mother that his biological father is a “light-skinned” black guy. I guess we know his mother got around, but it’s not fair to attack her and I won’t because she’s not a public figure. Still, we can’t just give Shaun King a pass and go after Rachel Dolezal for her actions.