Shaun King, a writer for the New York Daily News, has made a career out of being a “social justice activist” and yesterday he announced he was boycotting the NFL over Colin Kaepernick’s continued unemployment. King attributed the fact that Colin Kaepernick is not employed to the NFL’s “blatant bigotry and anti-blackness.”
I responded to his protest by noting that the NFL was over 70% black — doesn’t that make this protest racist? — and pointed out that the NFL has created more black millionaires than any business in American history. If anything, I understated things — the NFL has actually created more black millionaires than any business in world history.
The NFL is 70% black & is responsible for creating more black millionaires than any business in American history. Definitely racist though. https://t.co/o1tiQhgTdz
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) June 6, 2017
So, not surprisingly, I think King’s boycott is absurd.
But that doesn’t change the fact that King has influence in sports. He’s the guy who turned a twenty year old Peyton Manning mooning case into a national controversy thanks to his inability to correctly read court documents and he’s also friends with Colin Kaepernick and has been instrumental in praising and encouraging Kaepernick’s political stances.
Hell, even Steph Curry cited him as an influential thought leader a few months ago.
In fact, you can argue that through the Peyton Manning case and the Kaepernick protest that King is more responsible for interjecting racial controversy into sports than anyone else in media over the past couple of years.
Now you can say that I should ignore King and not give attention to his ridiculous boycott, but I’m a first amendment absolutist and silence has never been my preferred choice when I disagree with someone. I believe in the marketplace of ideas, two people debate an issue and the public decides who is correct.
I believe that King is a fraudulent huckster falsely dividing people online by sharing inaccurate stories rooted in race for his own personal financial gain. He makes black and white people less likely to trust each other by exaggerating our differences and exploiting our inner prejudices.
I think that people like Shaun King are awful for America.
What’s more, I believe King is a liar to his core — I believe he’s a white man pretending to be a black man for his own personal gain.
King claims that he is a black despite the fact that his birth certificate lists both of his parents as white and the fact that he lived as white for most of his life. Indeed, despite the fact that he is whiter than I am and has two white birth parents on his birth certificate just like I do, King claims that his mother had an affair with a light-skinned black man and that he has never known his birth father, but that he is, in fact, black.
Is King telling the truth or is he the male version of Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who was pretending to be black, until her lies were uncovered? Once that happened Dolezal was crucified for lying about her race. I think the question of King’s race goes to the very essence of whether he can be believed. If he’ll lie about his race for personal gain, what won’t he lie about?
Well, fortunately DNA testing can answer this mystery forever. We can find out whether King is actually black at all. If King is willing to submit to a DNA swab of his cheek from a reputable testing agency, we’ll know forever what his racial background is. And I’ll give him an incentive to do the test: if King is revealed to be 25% black or higher then I will donate $50k to Colin Kaepernick’s charity.
If he is not black I receive nothing at all, but King has to acknowledge that he has been lying about his racial background for all of these years.
Hell, we can even carry the DNA results on Periscope and Facebook Live and I’ll walk out with a sealed envelope and reveal the results like Maury Povich back in the day.
So what’s it going to be, Shaun King, will you back up your claims with actual evidence or will you continue to assert, with no evidence whatsoever, that you are black?
You have a chance right here and now to prove that you aren’t the male version of Rachel Dolezal.