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Jessica Krug: Professor who lied about being black resigns from George Washington University



“Dr. Krug has resigned from her position with immediate effect. Your classes for this semester will be taught by other faculty members, and students on those courses will receive additional information this week,” the university said in a statement received on CNN Wednesday.

It went on, “We hope that with this update our community can begin to heal and move forward.”

Comments from Krug, a former history professor specializing in Africa and Latin America, were not returned.

The resignation comes after a backlash from Krug’s September 3rd essay in which Krug admitted to posing as North African, African American and “Caribbean-rooted Bronx Blackness”
; throughout her adult life. She’s actually white, Jewish, and from Kansas City.

A GWU student who had a class at Krug told CNN she was an Afro-Latina woman from the Bronx.

Just one day after the essay was published, the GWU announced that Krug would no longer teach for the semester while the university reviewed the situation.

Krug apologized for what she called “continued appropriation of a black Caribbean identity” and said it was false, unethical, immoral, anti-black and colonial.

“I’m not a culture vulture,” she wrote. “I am a culture leech.”


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