The recent Kofi Kingston storyline has sparked controversy on social media with some fans believing the story is as simple as "Vince McMahon is holding a black man down." Fans have pointed to WWE's lack of minority champions over the years, noting that there has never been a black WWE Champion.
It should also be noted that Booker T and Mark Henry each held the World Heavyweight Title, but their respective title reigns are often dismissed by fans as the World Heavyweight Title is not the same as the historic WWE Title.
Then there's The Rock. He held the WWE Title on eight separate occasions, but many wonder if The Rock identifies as black or Samoan. The Rock caught wind of a thread on Twitter questioning which race he identifies as, putting all speculation to rest.
Glad I came across this and I’ll give you guys some context & truth.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) March 20, 2019
I identify as exactly what I am - both. Equally proud. Black/Samoan.
And my friend, let me expand your thoughts a bit here - I transcended race in wrestling so there was no “booked that way”. Thx guys
That settles that.