A woman’s vagina is a powerful place.
But hold that thought.
Shaun King, a leader in the “Black Lives Matter” movement and justice correspondent for Daily Kos, has come under fire this week as his race has come into question. Is he really black? He stands accused of misleading Oprah and pretending to be black to get a scholarship to attend the historically black Morehouse College. A blogger, Vicki Pate, has been investigating King and insists he’s white.
So far, there are more questions than answers.
King says he’s biracial — with a white mother and black father. As reported by Breitbart News‘s Milo Yiannopoulos, a 1995 police report lists him as white. The story also says a birth certificate names a white man as his father. But as we learned with WaPo‘s biracial race reporter, Wesley Lowery, cops aren’t the brightest when it comes to judging ethnicity — when they pulled Wesley over, they thought he was Arab and white and a short list of other absurd ethnicities that don’t apply to him.
On Wednesday night, CNN’s Don Lemon, who is biracial, tried hard to get a straight answer out of King about his race. Although Lemon texted with King all day long, the conversation stopped cold when Lemon asked about his birth certificate.
On Thursday, King came out of hiding with a first-person essay published on Daily Kos about the accusations against him: “Race, Love, Hate and Me: A Distinctly American Story.”
He says his father was a light-skinned black man.
“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,” he wrote. “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.”
He explained that his mother had an extramarital affair. “My mother and I have discussed her affair,” he wrote. “She was a young woman in a bad relationship and I have no judgment.”
He said he’s considered himself to be black from a young age. “By the time I reached middle school, I fully identified myself not even as biracial, but just as black… That was what made sense at that time. Adults who loved… sat me down and told me that I was black… This had a profound impact on me and soon became my truth.”
Here’s where things get interesting. Back on Christmas Eve, 2014 King had an illuminating email exchange with GotNews‘ editor Charles C. Johnson. Johnson told The Mirror he has known that King is white.
In early December 2014, Johnson ran a story about King alleging that he’d been accused of pocketing money intended for Tamir Rice‘s family. Rice was killed when police thought he was wielding a gun. The site then accused King in March of not being the victim of a hate crime.
It’s safe to say the two men did not form a lasting friendship. There was a lot of nasty name-calling, including Johnson calling King a “pussy” and King having an interesting reaction to the word. At one point King challenged Johnson to a fist fight.
But in the end, King said he’d pray for Johnson.
Let’s have a look.
Date: December 24, 2014.
Time: Roughly 2:15 a.m. EST.
The subject line: Strange Man
SHAUN: Hey Chuck, Listen, we can agree to disagree on doggone near everything in the world. That will probably always be the case. Blast me for my real views on real issues. I get that. Tear apart any real mistakes I’ve made in life, but the Haiti piece is just strange. I’ve never stolen a dime from Haiti and poured my heart and soul out there. I wrote extensively about my work there and am proud of every single thing we accomplished. You are allowing yourself to be played, journalistically speaking, when you advance this BS that I stole from Haiti. Debate me on something real man. I’m up for it. Are we enemies? Either way, I’ll pray for you.
CHARLES: You accused me of child rape you disgusting piece of shit. You’re a fraudster and we’re exposing you. Stop scamming people and go away and get a real job.
SHAUN: Alright Chuck. A real job? That’s how you’re going to come at me man. Will you at least admit that you are a hardcore racist? And, I actually thought the form about you being a child molester was real when someone sent it to me. You look like that type of dude.
CHARLES: Here’s some life advice for you: Get a job, pussy, and stop scamming people before you end up in prison.
SHAUN: Chuck. I have a job. Two jobs, actually. Also, you are not a Christian. Christianity may start in your heart but it bleeds out into your real life. You are a hateful, racist, vicious person. I sincerely believe you have a hole in your soul. I’m not sure why, but it’s sad. I mean that dude. You could do something truly impactful with your energy, but you choose to lie and be a fundamentally evil human being over and over and over again.
SHAUN: Two challenges for you – since you have resorted to name calling Chuck.
1. Let’s just fight it out. Fists. Man to man. Can be on PPV and money goes to charity. Heck it can be to the death, Chuck, if you’re up for it.
2. Let’s debate publicly – real issues with a neutral moderator.
CHARLES: Shaun, my friend. You don’t have a job. And I don’t want to fight you. I want to expose you. And maybe even help jail you for committing frauds.
SHAUN: I write full-time for DailyKos. My average traffic trumps yours on a bad day.
CHARLES: Are you really bragging about writing for DailyKos? That’s sad, man.
SHAUN: Yeah. I like them and it’s a great job w/ great pay, benefits, editors, etc. I also manage social media and communications for several world class businesses/charities and have done so for the past 5 years. I’ve also sold multiple businesses. I figured you’d bow out of both of the challenges I offered. Yet, you challenge my manhood? Even you calling me a “pussy” reveals your sexism. Truth is, a pussy is a powerful place.
CHARLES: Oh, I just think you’re a fraud. I’m already researched you to know that you haven’t done any of the things you claim.
SHAUN: OK man. Show me ONE THING Chuck. One.
CHARLES: I researched you when I was going to sue you and found out that you basically have no money.
SHAUN: That’s what you found out? OK man.
CHARLES: Look, you’re a con artist. I get it. It makes sense. You don’t have any real skills from Morehouse and so you move from issue to issue and skimming percentages. But we’re going to expose you and maybe jail you for some of the cons you’re running.
SHAUN: OK Chuck. I’m done man. You don’t know me. You don’t Morehouse. Do you what you think you have to do man.
CHARLES: I know all about you and the pastor there.
SHAUN: OK bro. Expose that please. Tell the world all about it. I’ll tweet it.