Hmmmm… If we only knew how prevalent this being black thing is, it would have erased a lot of angst!
Prominent Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King said for years that he is biracial, because he was born to a white mother and a black father, but Kentucky public records reviewed by The Daily Beast show that King’s father is white. Jeffery Wayne King, born Nov. 11, 1955, is listed as Shaun King’s father on his birth certificate. Criminal records identify Jeffrey King’s ethnicity as white. After Breitbart News questioned King’s race, the activist tweeted that he “did not concoct a lie” about his race. King also said, “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.”
Not just cultural appropriation…
Native Americans have the same issue…Although the number of white folks claiming to be “Cherokee” over the years to explain away that “one drop” is no revelation, anymore. After all we have Elizabeth Warren.
Andrea Smith—an associate professor at University of California, Riverside, the founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, and a leading Native American studies scholar and activist—may not, in fact, be a Cherokee woman, despite repeatedly presenting herself as such since at least 1991.
I first saw Andrea Smith in 2013 when she delivered a keynote at the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA) conference and, although her program biodid not explicitly mention that she was Cherokee, she was widely understood by conference goers to be a Native American speaker.
After all, she was the author of Conquest, a landmark text about state-sanctioned acts of violence against Native American women, she had been involved with the Chicago chapter of the organization Women of All Red Nations (WARN), and when she was denied tenure by the University of Michigan, students and facultyrallied around her, suggesting discrimination on the basis of her Native American descent.
She had a long history of speaking as a Native American woman on issues affecting Native Americans. Her tenure controversy, in particular, was legendary in academic circles. At the time, Inside Higher Ed referred to her as “[a] Cherokee,” adding that “she is among a very small group of Native American scholars who have won positions at top research universities.”
Dayam! Who can you trust anymore! 🙂
And why exactly does it matter?
There appears to be more to this story. It started with Brietbart – which is in of itself questionable because of their history of making up news for the racist right. The other source is The Daily Caller – which is nothing but a white Supremacist front along with the National Review.
Conservative media outlets have convinced themselves that they’ve found yet another white advocate for racial justice wearing blackface, but unlike Rachel Dolezal, who cut all ties with those she knew growing up, Daily Kos’ Shaun King has remained in touch with friends and teachers from high school — an important fact, becauseThe Daily Caller and Brietbart’s Big Government both use as evidence of his whiteness contradictions between his and the official police account of a “brutal beating” that occurred in 1995.
In his book “The Power of 100,” King writes about being “harassed almost daily by a growing group of self-proclaimed rednecks,” which culminated in a racially motivated mob-beating that left him “a bloody mess on the floor” and “physically ruined.” According to The Blaze’s Oliver Darcy, while there was a fight on that day in 1995, and while it did involve King and a trip to the hospital, it was neither racially motivated nor as brutal as King has claimed. As evidence, he provided police reports which downplayed the brutality of the beating, and called into question whether it was racially motivated or the result of a disagreement over an $8 debt.
There could, however, be another reason why the police and school board played down the severity of the incident. As Shea Gold, a witness to it, wrote on Facebook:
When a minority gets almost beaten to death in a small rural town’s high school, it is every civic leader’s nightmare. In 1995, in Versailles, it could have potentially made national headlines, had the story gotten out. But unfortunately, it did not, and no residents of Versailles, Kentucky should be surprised. By this point in the reading, you should have surmised that any investigating officer would have felt heavy, intense pressure from all sides. The last thing Woodford County High School wanted was for this story to be on the front page of the local paper.
Another witness, Nathanael Carter, a teacher at the time, corroborated Gold’s account:
Shea Gold, you are correct. This incident did occur. I was one of the teachers getting students to clear the hallway and get to class. Shaun King was also one of my students at that time. He did spend time in the hospital if I remember correctly. I am proud of you coming forward like this. I am also proud of Shaun King for fighting for what he believes in. The Woodford Co. High School Alumni Band has a lot of great people! Love the WCHS Band!
In his rush to find to the next Rachel Dolezal, Darcy offered the witness statements of the students likely involved in the fight as evidence that it didn’t occur as King claimed. However, he neglected to notice how coached the statements sound. “I didn’t see what happened,” one alleged eyewitness told police, “but I do know that no one else touch the boy but [redacted]. It was one on one.” If the usage of the word “boy” by a white Southerner to describe a tenth grader isn’t indicative enough of a racial component to this beating, the confession by the alleged “one on one” attacker comes straight from the racist playbook…More…