US professor who posed as black woman quits university

Written by on September 10, 2020

“Update regarding Jessica Krug: Dr. Krug has resigned her position, effective immediately,” George Washington University said via its Twitter account on Wednesday

Jessica Krug, a history professor focusing on Africa, said she had been pretending to be black “for the better part” of her 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,” Krug wrote in a post on the platform Medium.

Krug, who is light-skinned, said she first claimed “North African Blackness, then US rooted Blackness, then Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness.”

One of her former students told CNN that Krug voiced pride in her Bronx roots, but told another student she was from Puerto Rico.

Krug said on Medium that her actions were 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.”

The professor called herself a cultural “leech.” The university launched an investigation in the situation last week, and said Krug would not be teaching this semester.

“We want to acknowledge the pain this situation has caused for many in our community,” it said.


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