Jessica Krug: George Washington University professor says she lied about being black

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An American scholar whose work focuses on Africa and the African diaspora said she lied about being black.

Jessica Krug, an associate professor at George Washington University, admitted that she was in fact a white Jewish woman from Kansas City.

“I built my life on a violent anti-Black lie, and I lied in every breath I took,” she wrote.

Her case has strong parallels with Rachel Dolezal, a white activist who claimed to be black.

Ms Dolezal made headlines in 2015 when her parents called her white.

The former civil rights activist and professor of African studies had kept the pretext of being African American for years, but said she “identified as black”.


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Writing in a Medium article on Thursday, Jessica Krug said she falsely assumed identities “that I was not allowed to claim: first North African Blackness, then Blackness rooted in the United States, then Bronx. Blackness rooted in the Caribbean ”.

She described this 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,” adding that ‘she had continued the pretext even in her personal relationships. .

She blamed her lies on mental health issues and trauma experienced in her early years, although she said that was no excuse for her actions.

Ms Krug’s post didn’t give a reason for her decision to admit her cheating, nor her timing. However, screenwriter Hari Ziyad said her admission came “because she was discovered”.

“Jess Krug… is someone I called a friend until this morning when she called me to admit everything that was written here. She did not do it out of benevolence, ”he wrote on Twitter.

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.”

George Washington University, where Ms Krug teaches courses in African, Caribbean and Diaspora history, said she was “aware” of Ms Krug’s Medium post but could not comment further on it. ‘case.


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