Black Lives Matter Leader Shaun King Denies He Lied About Race and Assault

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People attend a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally in Manhattan's Harlem section on January 19. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Black Lives Matter activist and blogger Shaun King has denied through his social media accounts that he lied about being biracial and the victim of a racially charged assault.

Over the past few weeks, several conservative media websites have published posts discrediting pieces of information King, 35, has shared about his life. King became a prominent leader in the Black Lives Matter movement after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014. 

On Wednesday, conservative website Breitbart published a piece that notes a claim by an investigative blogger that King lied about his race to qualify for a scholarship from Oprah Winfrey at Morehouse College, a historically black institution in Atlanta. Morehouse tweeted that the college has no comment on the allegations against King, nor does it grant admissions or scholarships based on race.

Breitbart claims to have acquired a King birth certificate that shows a white man is his father. The piece goes on to cite a 2012 interview where King said he was the son of a black father and white mother. 

Media outlets also have doubted King's claim that he was the victim of a racist assault when he was a student at Woodford County High School in Versailles, Kentucky, in 1995. King has said he was hurt so badly that he missed 20 months of school and underwent several surgeries. The Daily Caller first publicized the police report from the incident, in which King's race is designated as white. 

Keith Broughton, the investigating detective in the assault case, told The New York Times that he didn't ask King about his race when he filled out the form relating to the incident but instead based the information on King's light skin and white mother.

King, who has more than 172,000 followers on Twitter, went to his account to speak out against the accusations this week. He cited and discredited lies he said are included in the Breitbart article.

King didn't respond to Newsweek's request for additional comment. He referred other media outlets to his comments on social media.

The accusations against King are similar to those faced by Rachel Dolezal, a civil rights advocate who has been suspected of falsely claiming she is black. She was the leader of the Spokane, Washington, branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People before she resigned in June amid the controversy. 

Her family said she had been pretending to be African-American for most of her life. Dolezal's parents are both white. Despite the scandal, Dolezal continues to say she identifies as a black woman.

The Black Conservatives Fund, a black conservative organization, has offered to give $25,000 to Black Lives Matter if, in the next 24 hours, King can "authenticate his claim, that he is in fact, black," according to a statement posted Thursday on the organization's website.