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Racial identity of activist questioned but does it matter?

Questions about the racial identity of a well-known activist in the "Black Lives Matter" movement have stirred controversy and drawn a blistering response. But the central question remains: Does his race matter? Shaun King, a blogger who identifies as black and rose to prominence in the aftermath of a police shooting last summer in Ferguson, Missouri, pushed back hard against claims on conservative Internet sites that both of his parents are white and that he had exaggerated an assault he endured two decades ago while attending high school in Versailles, Kentucky. King posted a response on his blog last week in which he called those claims lies, and said he had always known the...

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