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Shaun King

Shaun King is a civil rights activist and writer, best known for his involvement in the Black Lives Matter movement. Born in 1979 in Kentucky, King has lead fundraisers for large issues involving the Black community. He raised $1.5 million for those displaced by the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and raised $60,000 for Tamir Rice’s family after young Rice was shot by a police officer. When the court seized this money for Rice’s estate, King was able to raise an additional $25,000, which went directly to the family.

King was born of a White mother and black father. The online magazine Breitbart questioned the veracity of his ethnicity in August 2015. The Breitbart author, Milo Yiannopoulos, cited King’s birth certificate as evidence of his pure White ethnicity, as the birth certificate lists King’s stepfather as his biological father. As it came shortly on the heels of the Rachel Dolezal outing, the accusation gained a wide readership, prompting King to write a personal article in the Daily Kos about his mother’s affair, something that the family had up until that point kept private. After being a contributing writer for the Daily Kos, King is now the senior justice writer for the New York Daily News.

 

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