The wife of Shaun King, the reporter for DailyKos covering racial injustice and the deaths of Black men and women, spoke out in defense of her husband, who was accused of not being Black or biracial by a conservative blogger.
"Just know this, there is nothing fake about Shaun King," Rai King wrote Thursday in a statement released through Facebook. "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."
King further implied that her husband has not disclosed the full story about his family history because it is a sensitive topic and one that he is not yet ready to discuss. "I’ve actually encouraged him to tell it publicly because it is a unique expression of this country’s sordid and ridiculous history with race," she wrote. "But it’s his story to tell."
On Aug. 19, conservative site Breitbart.com said Shaun King is not actually Black or biracial. Other sites accused King of being Rachel Dolezal 2.0.
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