CNN’s Don Lemon says he has gotten confirmation from a family member of prominent #BlackLivesMatter activist Shaun King that he is indeed white.
“A family member tells CNN that both of King’s parents are white,” Lemon said Wednesday on his show “CNN Tonight.”
Conservative websites were the first to expose King as a white man passing for black. They also accused him of fabricating a racial hate crime during his high school days. The same family member told Lemon that the altercation he had in high school was racially motivated, but because King was “a white guy dating a black girl.”
Lemon also revealed that he exchanged texts with King about his racial identity.
“Initially he did not answer but later referred to himself as biracial,” he said. “But then when I asked him if that’s what it shows on his birth certificate I did not hear back from him. No answer on that.”
King, in tweets with Lemon, said the various reports are all lies designed to discredit his cause.
“This attack isn’t about me so much, but is about derailing Black Lives Matter and the movement against police brutality,” he said.
King also promised that he would “speak soon” about the allegations.
In his tweets Wednesday, he blasted Breibart, The Blaze, talk show host Glenn Beck and other conservatives, saying they don’t care what color he is, they only want him to “shut up.”
He also compared his situation to President Obama’s “birther” controversy.
“In essence, what is happening to me now, is like conservatives demanding Obama’s long form birth certificate,” he tweeted.
One of the allegations made against King is that he misrepresented himself to get a scholarship, financed by media mogul Oprah Winfrey, to get him into Morehouse College, the historically black college in Atlanta. King flatly denied these claims.
“I did not concoct a lie about my race to get into @Morehouse,” he tweeted. “I did not concoct a lie about my race to get an @Oprah scholarship.”
— Morehouse College (@Morehouse) August 19, 2015