No stranger to the media, Shaun King has become accustomed to seeing his name in the news both online and offline. But what the public figure and activist isn't used to, is defending his personal life and racial identity.
The controversy began when traditional media outlets began questioning some claims Shaun had made about his life over the years. First, media outlets claimed Shaun was faking his race and isn't the biracial man he said he is. This claim was so controversial that it trended on Twitter.
The turnout caused Shaun to dispel the rumours saying that, although he had a complicated family history, he was indeed biracial. He added that he didn't fake his race to gain admission into Morehouse College via an Oprah Scholarship.
The historically black school has already madeclaims
that they do not "grant admissions or scholarships based on race." But the allegations that Shaun is defrauding other biracial and Black people didn't stop.
Shaun King visits SiriusXM Studios | Photo: Getty Images
Instead, another claim stated that the 39-year-old took thousands of dollars raised meant for victims of police brutality incidents and kept it for himself. The outlets also accused Shaun of stealing content from Black women.
All these incidents led him to not only release a 72-page report but to also have an interview on Sirius 'XM's The Clay Cane Show.Posted
by Clay Cane on Twitter, the interview supposedly sheds more light on the controversy. And Clay does not disappoint as the journalist asked Shaun about the plagiarism and scam allegations levelled against him.
Shaun responded that he has never stolen content from anybody. As regards the scam allegations, Shaun stated that every penny raised via his charity, HopeMob, went straight to the victims.
What Shaun hopes to gain from this seems unclear, but observers are already drawing their conclusions from the evidence available.
Shaun King introduces Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during a rally in the capital of his home state of Vermont | Photo: Getty Images
Shaun became a prominent name in the media in 2014 after the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The activist soon became a well-known face of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Shaun King attends the Universal "US" First Screening at the Whitby Hotel | Photo: Getty Images
His website claims that he became the youngest Student Government President elected at Morehouse College in 1999. He was also a popular high school history and civics teacher in Atlanta.