Jessica Krug: George Washington University professor resigns


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Jessica Krug’s work focuses on Africa and the African Diaspora

An American scholar who was under investigation after admitting to lying about being black has resigned, George Washington University has confirmed.

Jessica Krug, an associate professor whose work focuses on Africa and the African diaspora, admitted in a blog post last week that she was in fact a “white Jewish” woman from Kansas City.

The message read: “I built my life on a violent anti-black lie. ”

His colleagues said they were “shocked and dismayed” by his admission.

In a Medium article published last Thursday, Ms Krug said she falsely assumed identities “that I was not allowed to claim: first black North African, then black rooted in the United States. , then the Bronx rooted in the Caribbean ”.

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In a tweet Wednesday, George Washington University said Ms. Krug had “resigned from her post, effective immediately.”

“His classes for this semester will be taught by other faculty members, and students in those classes will receive additional information this week,” he added.

She did not comment.

What did she say in her message?

Ms. Krug described her behavior as “the very epitome of violence, theft and appropriation, the myriad of ways non-black people continue to use and abuse black identities and cultures.”

She added that she continued the semblance even in her personal relationships. She cited mental health issues and trauma she experienced in her early years, although she said that was no excuse for her actions.

According to media reports, Ms Krug also used Jessica La Bombalera’s name as an activist. In a video posted earlier this year, she berated white New Yorkers for not “ceding their time to black and brown native New Yorkers.”

Ms. Krug’s academic work includes the 2018 book Fugitive Modernities: Kisama and the Politics of Freedom, which focuses on the politics and culture of African and African diaspora societies.

Her case has strong parallels with racial activist Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who claimed to be black. After her parents took her out in 2015, she said she “identified as black”.

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Following the publication of her blog post on Friday, Ms. Krug’s colleagues in the GWU History Department issued a joint statement calling for resignation from her post or for the university to withdraw her mandate.

The university then said Ms Krug would not be teaching classes and recognized “many students, faculty, staff and alumni. [were] hurt “.

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