Report: Family Member Says Both Parents of Black Lives Matter Activist Are White (Video)

| by Michael Allen

CNN host Don Lemon reported on Aug. 19 that a family member of Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King told CNN "that both King’s parents are white" (video below).

The Daily Beast notes that King has claimed his mother is white and his father is black, but a police report viewed by The Daily Beast lists the dad, Jeffrey Wayne King, as white.

Lemon added:

"But when I asked him tonight if he is legally black or white, Initially he did not answer, but later he referred to himself as 'biracial,' 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."

“This attack isn’t about me so much, but is about derailing Black Lives Matter and the movement against police brutality,” King tweeted to Lemon, reports, but that tweet could not be found on King's Twitter page.

King's wife Rai King issued a response on her Facebook page:

"But regarding his race, he has never lied ... 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."

Breitbart suggested King was misrepresented his race to obtain an Oprah Scholarship — which is only given to black men — to attend Morehouse College, a historically black college in Atlanta, Georgia, but King denied this allegation in a tweet: "I did not concoct a lie about my race to get into @Morehouse. I did not concoct a lie about my race to get an @Oprah scholarship."

King also tweeted that Breitbart's source, Vicki Pate, "harasses the families of black folk killed by police," he said. "So, this woman literally stalks my children. Speaks of them by first name on her blog, studies their medical history, etc."

King tweeted: "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."

Sources:, Rai King/Facebook, CNN, Shaun King/Twitter (2) (3) (4), Breitbart, The Daily Beast / Photo credit: CNN Screenshot