Activist Shaun King Responds to Race Rumors

Activist and social justice leader Shaun King has come forward in response to allegations that he lied about being Black.

On Wednesday, King took to Twitter and denied claims that he fabricated his race and the story of being the victim of a racially motivated attack.

King, 35, who rose to prominence in the Black Lives Matter movement after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson last August, posted the following tweets in response to the claims:

Conservative bloggers accused King of lying about his race to earn a scholarship to Morehouse College. They provided what appears to be a police report from an incident that Mr. King describes as a brutal beating by a white mob. In the report, dated March 1, 1995, King’s race is listed as white, according to the New York Times.

During a phone interview with the Times, Detective Keith Broughton said that he had not asked Mr. King about his race, but filled out the form based on his white mother and his light complexion. He said he interviewed six witnesses who all described the fight as a one-on-one altercation.

“Sadly, several popular conservative websites are saying I made the whole thing up in an attempt to discredit my work to end police brutality in our country,” King tweeted.

King’s account of the attack was backed by a band teacher and a fellow student who told the Times they saw it happened.

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