Shaun King Addresses Race Accusations

Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King has been accused of lying about his race by several conservative media outlets.

The social justice and anti-police brutality activist has repeatedly denied allegations that he pretended to be Black, and that he fabricated stories of getting beat by whites during his younger years.

On Wednesday, King took to Twitter to reject the notion, but later released a lengthier response via the Daily Kos. 

“Over the past 72 hours I have been attacked with lies by the conservative media, lies that have been picked up by the traditional media and spread further,” King wrote. I have kept silent at the advice of friends and mentors, but I will do so no longer.”

The conservative website Breitbart published what appeared to be a birth certificate that they claim is King’s. The document listed a white man as his father. King said his parents consist of an African American father and a white mother.

An excerpt of King’s response is detailed below.

“The reports about my race, about my past, and about the pain I’ve endured are all lies. My mother is a senior citizen. 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.

For my entire life, I have held the cards of my complicated family history very close to my chest. I preferred to keep it that way and deeply resent that I have been forced to authenticate so many intimate details of my life to prove who I really am. This, in and of itself, is a form of violence.”

Read the rest at the Daily Kos.