Move over Rachel Dolezal!
A professor at George Washington University has admitted to claiming Black identity, despite being white.
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Jessica A. Krug, an educator at George Washington University with expertise in African American History and Africa and Latin America, has admitted to deceiving friends and colleagues while claiming various Black identities.
In a blog post on Medium
, she detailed the various identities she claimed, including “North African Blackness, then US rooted Blackness, then Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness’.
She says in the blog post:
“I am not a culture vulture. I am a culture leech. I have thought about ending these lies many times over many years, but my cowardice was always more powerful than my ethics.”
Stating that she started assuming a false identity as a child, Krug also talks of her “unaddressed mental health demons.” However, she adamantly exclaims that this is no excuse for her deceiving lies:
“But mental health issues can never, will never, neither explain nor justify, neither condone nor excuse, that, in spite of knowing and regularly critiquing any and every non-Black person who appropriates from Black people, my false identity was crafted entirely from the fabric of Black lives.”
Going on to add her apologies, the professor adds:
“There are no words in any language to express the depth of my remorse, but then again: there shouldn’t be. Words are never the point.”
Though Krug seems apologetic and presents herself as accountable for her deceitful wrongdoings, will this be enough to save the GWU professor?