Shaun Ling, a popular activist of the Black Lives Matter movement and blogger addressing racial hate, was outraged to learn that some conservative website posted “personal information” on him and his family for the public to see.
Nothing unusual to this point. Yet, Mr. Ling self-identifies as black, while the online leaked data shows that both his parents are whites and the account of a race-related assault during his high school years was greatly exaggerated.
Last week, the blogger responded to the claims that he may not be as black as he presents himself to be. In a blog post, he said that the claims were simply not true, and denied that his white father was his real father. Instead, his biological father was light-skinned black who never featured on his birth certificate.
Mr. King also said that he was “horrified” to learn that his private data was posted online and that evil-doers were using his past and pain to make fun of him and “the greater movement for justice in America.”
He also deemed the attacks “racist.” Yet, Mr. King is not the first civil rights activist to face such problems. Adversaries attacked backgrounds and motives of many other activists including NAACP chief Walter White.
Lucius Outlaw Jr., a philosopher at the Vanderbilt University and racial issues expert, said that a Black Lives Matter activist’s race doesn’t matter.
“You don’t have to be black to say black lives matter,”
Mr. Outlaw added.
Mr. Outlaw also argued that people who judge Mr. King over the tone of his skin color are trapped into an “antiquated” concept of race. According to that concept, a single drop of blood coming from a Black American was enough to confirm your black origins.
Mr. Outlaw also went to even greater lengths to redefine the notion of race and defend Mr. King. He likened this BLM case to that of Bruce Caitlyn Jenner’s, a former Olympian who underwent surgery to match his self identification as a woman to physical reality. Mr. Outlaw added that we do not get to judge how a person wants to identify.
The claims first surfaced on two conservative websites. Site owners even posted Mr. King’s birth certificate with a white father on it. Mr. Kind responded that he knew from his mother that the white male was not his real father. His father was a mixed race male with whom his white mother had an affair.
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