A George Washington University professor who caused outrage after admitting she pretended to be black has quit her job, school officials said Wednesday.
Jessica Krug, a 38-year-old professor of African history at GWU, was fired from teaching after admitting she lied about her race in a September 3 Medium blog post.
Krug, who is actually white and Jewish, said in the course of her adult life she “assumed identities within a blackness that I couldn’t claim: first North African black, then US-rooted black, then Caribbean-rooted Bronx black. ”
“I’m not a culture vulture. I’m a cultural leech, ”she said.
The GWU wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that Krug “has resigned from his position with immediate effect”.
“Your classes for this semester will be taught by other faculty members, and students on these courses will receive additional information this week.”
Krug’s resignation comes after the school announced last Friday that it would not be teaching in the fall semester.
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Many of Krug’s colleagues said they were “shocked and appalled” for lying about their identity throughout their career.
“In what she has termed a ‘boldly deceptive’ appropriation of an African-Caribbean identity, she has the trust of countless current and alumni, fellow Africana scholars … as well as community activists in New York City and beyond betray.” they said in a joint statement.
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The university has urged those affected by the situation to contact the school’s resources.
“Please know that we take this situation seriously and are here to support our community,” said the school.