Black Lives Matter activist and Daily Kos writer Shaun King refuted Wednesday accusations from right wing bloggers that he has lied about being Black.
King was responding to accusations first published by conservative blogger Vicki Pate, who has admittedly “stalked” King and his family. Pate began writing about King after a dust-up with conservative blogger Chuck C. Johnson over the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Pate uses mostly circumstantial evidence to “prove” King is white, though King claims to be biracial.
King, in turn, said his family is mixed to the point that “no two siblings in my family have the same set of parents,” then adding, “If you have known me from when I was in elementary school at Huntertown Elementary until now, you’ve known me as Black or bi-racial.”
He said he has never lied about his race, publicly or privately.
“Out of LOVE for my family, I’ve never gone public with my racial story because it’s hurtful, scandalous, and it’s MY STORY,” he tweeted. Right wing bloggers don’t really care about his race, they just “want me to shut up.”
He did not make any false claims to get into historically-Black college Morehouse or to win an academic scholarship allowing him to go, he wrote.
Pate, who runs the blog Re-NewsIt, claims to have tracked the lineage of King to a white father. King has claimed to be the son of a white mother and Black father, according to the New York Daily News.
Pate and another right wing blog, Breitbart, also claim that King falsified details of an alleged racially-motivated attack King suffered at a young age.
“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 severe injuries to my spine,” King responded via Facebook. “I had three brutal spinal surgeries during that time and it changed the entire course of my life. I received counseling for PTSD and have had multiple spinal surgeries and years of physical therapy since.”
Breitbart cites the Daily Caller, another conservative website, in refuting King’s claim that he had serious injuries from the 1995 attack at his high school in Kentucky. The Caller’s Chuck Ross cites a police report that he says characterizes King’s injuries as minor.
A birth certificate obtained by Breitbart that they say belongs to King shows parents as Jeffery Wayne King and Naomi Kay Fleming. According to Breitbart, taking King’s word that his mother is white, Pate went on a mission to prove his father is also white. The blogs display a photo of a gray-haired, brown eyed man who appears to be white, claiming they have proof he is King’s father.