A US scientist who said she lied about being black will not be giving classes this semester, George Washington University has confirmed.
Jessica Krug, an adjunct professor whose work focuses on Africa and the African diaspora, admitted in a blog post that she was, in fact, a white Jewish woman from Kansas City.
The entry read: “I built my life on a violent anti-black lie.”
Her colleagues said they were “shocked and appalled” by her admission.
In a Medium post published Thursday, Ms. Krug said she falsely assumed identities “that I couldn’t claim: first North African blackness, then US rooted blackness, then Caribbean rooted Bronx blackness”.
In a statement, George Washington University said Ms. Krug would not be teaching, admitting “many students, faculties, staff and alumni are injured.” It was said to be “reviewing” the case.
Your employment status at the university is unknown. Ms. Krug did not comment.
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What was the reaction?
Ms. Krug’s colleagues from the GWU Institute for History published a joint statement calling on her to resign from her post or to withdraw from the university.
“It has betrayed the trust of countless current and alumni, colleagues in Africana Studies, colleagues in our department and across the historical discipline, and community activists in New York City and beyond,” the statement said.
“The discipline of history is concerned with establishing the truth about the past. With her behavior, Dr. Krug has raised questions about the correctness of her own research and teaching.”
A GWU student who was due to begin Ms. Krug’s class on Latin American history on Monday told the Washington Post, “It just breaks my heart that these very bright-eyed students come in eager to hear about this Latin Heritage and Learning History We all trusted her very much. “
Ms. Krug’s academic work includes the book “Fugitive Modernities: Kisama and the Politics of Freedom”, published in 2018, which focuses on the politics and culture of African and African diaspora societies.
Her case shows strong parallels with racial activist Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who claimed to be black. After her parents left her in 2015, she said she “identified as black”.
What else did she say in the mail?
Ms. Krug described her behavior as “the epitome of violence, theft and appropriation, the myriad of ways non-blacks continue to use and abuse black identities and cultures”. She added that she continued the claim in her personal relationships as well.
She blamed her lies for mental health problems and trauma she experienced in her early years, although she said it was not an excuse for her actions.
According to media reports, Ms. Krug also used the name Jessica La Bombalera as an activist. In a video released earlier this year, she berated white New Yorkers for failing to “give their time to indigenous black and brown New Yorkers.”
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