Six years ago, I bought the Michael Brown “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative. I bought the act of Twitter activist Shaun King, too. Through King, I donated $1,000 to support Michael Brown’s mother on an alleged overseas trip to speak about racial injustice.
A lot changed over the subsequent six years. I spent an afternoon in Los Angeles interviewing King inside the offices of The Undefeated. Fraudulence oozed from his pores. A diligent reporter exposed his birth certificate and pictures of his white father. I realized King was a race hoax, Talcum X.