#BlackLivesMatter activist Shaun King is busy trying to rid the world of police brutality, while conservative publications are doing their best to bring him down with rumors and tactics we’ve all seen too many times before.
According to many new reports, Shaun King is white and may have misled those who follow him.
We don’t really want to publicize their story because whether or not Shaun King is black does not affect the work and attention he’s brought to our modern day civil rights struggle with police brutality and the importance of black lives.
Still, the stories are rampant across media outlets all over the world. But, instead of following suit, we wanted to bring attention to what his wife of 20 years, Rai King, had to say about the situation to give our readers a better understanding of what they are going through.
In an excerpt from a message posted to Facebook on Aug. 20, she writes:
My husband, Shaun King, is the most courageous man I’ve ever known. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone more sincerely dedicated to the cause of justice in this country than him-even when his own wellbeing is at stake. For over a year now we have faced death threats so severe that I have all but discontinued social media and now go to great lengths to conceal my location and the location of our children. All because he has made it his business to speak truth to power. That fighting for social good could cause this level of hate, continues to baffle me.
Through high school, college, and the years that have followed, we have seen each other through too many ups and downs to count. This latest attack is just one more to add to the list. I won’t distract from the very important work he does by rebutting all the ridiculous lies currently circulating about him.
Shaun is a flawed and imperfect man. He has made many mistakes. Just like me and just like you. But regarding his race, he has never lied. Not once. His story is beautifully difficult, and painful. And I’ve actually encouraged him to tell it publicly because it is a unique expression of this country’s sordid and ridiculous history with race. But it’s his story to tell. On his own terms. When he’s ready to tell it. Out of respect for his mother, and all involved, I hope he continues to let the talking heads talk while he does the real work of holding judicial systems accountable for the 742 women and men they’ve gunned down this year alone.
Just know this, there is nothing fake about Shaun King. He’s no Rachel Dolezal. What’s white about him is white, and what’s Black about him is Black and always has been from the time he was a child. There’s no spray tan, no fake Black hairstyles, no attempt to make himself appear any more ethnic than he already does. Whatever you think you know about him, you don’t. Whatever you think has been uncovered, hasn’t. There is no part of his life that surprises me, his children, nor our closest family and friends. He has no secrets, but he does have a private life. And no amount of ignorance will force him to disclose the details of that private life until he’s ready. He doesn’t belong to you. And he owes nothing to anyone.
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