African History Professor Admits Lying About Being Black Like Rachel Dolezal
Five years after Rachel Dolezal was caught lying about being black, Jessica Krug, a GW professor, admitted to doing the same thing.
Five years after Rachel Dolezal was caught lying about being black, another woman has just admitted to doing the same thing. Jessica Krug, a prominent African historian and George Washington University professor, has been pretending to be black for many years.
Africana Studies prof Jessica Krug has come out as being white all along. Culturally appropriating a whole racial self-identity for fun/profit is more common than any of us want to think; Rachel Dolezal is far from alone.
And it's happening in, and to, every nonwhite community. https://t.co/RVYjz7G5N2
— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) September 3, 2020
GW Professor Jessica Krug Admits To Lying About Being Black
Krug penned a lengthy post for Medium in which she admitted to lying about being black throughout her entire career.
More specifically, the GW professor who specializes in Africa, Latin America, and African American History has claimed to have North African, African American and Caribbean heritage throughout her adult life and career.
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In a post titled “The Truth, and the Anti-Black Violence of My Lies,” Krug confessed that she is actually not black at all. Instead, she is a white, Jewish woman who was raised in Kansas City, Missouri.
Jessica A. Krug wrote:
“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. 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.”
Jessica Krug Calls Herself A ‘Cultural Leach’
After admitting to lying to her colleagues and her friends for years, Krug branded herself a “culture leech” and a “coward.”
“I have thought about ending these lies many times over many years, but my cowardice was always more powerful than my ethics,” she said. “I know right from wrong. I know history. I know power. I am a coward. There is no ignorance, no innocence, nothing to claim, nothing to defend. I have moved wrong in every way for years.”
Krug then directly addressed cancel culture, saying that she would absolutely cancel herself.
“You should absolutely cancel me, and I absolutely cancel myself,” she said. “I have built my life on a violent anti-Black lie, and I have lied in every breath I have taken.”
However, Krug denied living a double life, saying that she had cut all ties to the “white” side of herself in order to commit herself to the lie that she was black:
I have not lived a double life. There is no parallel form of my adulthood connected to white people or a white community or an alternative white identity. I have lived this lie, fully, completely, with no exit plan or strategy. I have built only this life, a life within which I have operated with a radical sense of ethics, of right and wrong, and with rage, rooted in Black power, an ideology which every person should support, but to which I have no possible claim as my own.
George Washington University Professor Apologizes For Lying About Being Black
Krug went on to apologize to those she has hurt, saying that she’s “burned every bridge” and has “no expectation that any of my relationships are flame resistant.”
“Black people and Black communities have no obligation to harbor the refuse of non-Black societies,” she concluded. “I have done this. I know it is wrong and I have done this anyway.”
The post is reminiscent of the scandal of Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP leader in Washington state who made headlines in 2015 when she was caught lying about being black.
To underscore the gravity of Jessica Krug’s lying, she’s been a GW professor of African history since 2012 and has also written several books about black culture.
Here are just a few of the responses to her past and recent admission:
not one of jessica krug’s areas of expertise being imperialism and colonialism lmaooo pic.twitter.com/h71DddObOZ
— nadirah (@hinadirah) September 3, 2020
Jessica Krug has been pretending to be Black for her entire career.
She's a white woman from Kansas.
— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) September 3, 2020
My friends in media, we do not need dozens of interviews with Jessica Krug in order to get inside her thinking or hear her story. Seriously, please don't Dolezal this woman.
— Celeste Headlee (@CelesteHeadlee) September 3, 2020