A Black Studies Professor at George Washington University (@GWtweets) admits to pretending to be black. Like a Rachel Dolezal, Jessica Krug said she was black to advance her professional & academic career. https://t.co/BIrI4fuaNZ
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 4, 2020
Rachel Dolezal, the sequel?
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) September 4, 2020
Even better, her old bio lists her as “an unrepentant and unreformed child of the hood”:
jessica krug's old author bio is, uh, something else pic.twitter.com/YMKW8eHiI0
— graham starr (@GrahamStarr) September 3, 2020
She admitted the fabrication in a lengthy post on Medium:
So a white Jewish woman from Kansas City has been lying her whole adult life by pretending to be black.
The Truth, and the Anti-Black Violence of My Lies by Jessica A. Krug https://t.co/rw8yVqlPfP
— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) September 3, 2020
For the better part of my adult life, every move I’ve made, every relationship I’ve formed, has been rooted in the napalm toxic soil of lies.
Not just any lies.
To an escalating degree over my adult life, I have eschewed my lived experience as a white Jewish child in suburban Kansas City under various assumed identities within a Blackness that I had no right to claim: first North African Blackness, then US rooted Blackness, then Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness. I have not only claimed these identities as my own when I had absolutely no right to do so — when doing so is the very epitome of violence, of thievery and appropriation, of the myriad ways in which non-Black people continue to use and abuse Black identities and cultures — but I have formed intimate relationships with loving, compassionate people who have trusted and cared for me when I have deserved neither trust nor caring. People have fought together with me and have fought for me, and my continued appropriation of a Black Caribbean identity is not only, in the starkest terms, wrong — unethical, immoral, anti-Black, colonial — but it means that every step I’ve taken has gaslighted those whom I love.
As for her job, George Washington is asking her to resign. Apparently they just can’t fire her over it because she’s tenured:
GW History Department faculty statement on Jessica Krug pic.twitter.com/tpUpyHwlO9
— GW History Department (@GWHistoryDept) September 4, 2020
New York Post FOR THE WIN:
— New York Post (@nypost) September 4, 2020