George Washington University has confirmed that Jessica Krug, a white professor who admitted faking being black her entire career in an emotional media post.
In a statement the University stated “Her classes for this semester will be taught by other faculty members, and students in those courses will receive additional information this week.”
They added “We hope that with this update our community can begin to heal and move forward.”
In her “confession” that she posted on Medium, Krug who was an associate professor of African and Latin American studies at George Washington University admitted she’s been faking being black her entire career.
She wrote “To an escalating degree over my 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: first North African Blackness, then US rooted Blackness, then Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness. I have not only claimed these identities as my own when I had absolutely no right to do so — when doing so is 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 — but I have formed intimate relationships with loving, compassionate people who have trusted and cared for me when I have deserved neither trust nor caring.”
She continued “People have fought together with me and have fought for me, and my continued appropriation of a Black Caribbean identity is not only, in the starkest terms, wrong — unethical, immoral, anti-Black, colonial — but it means that every step I’ve taken has gaslighted those whom I love.”
Later in the piece, Krug calls herself “a culture leech” and writes “I am a coward” multiple times.
Krug goes further by suggesting what should be done to her, saying “I should absolutely be cancelled. No. I don’t write in passive voice, ever, because I believe we must name power. So. You should absolutely cancel me, and I absolutely cancel myself. What does that mean? I don’t know.”
“I have not lived a double life. There is no parallel form of my adulthood connected to white people or a white community or an alternative white identity. I have lived this lie, fully, completely, with no exit plan or strategy. I have built only this life, a life within which I have operated with a radical sense of ethics, of right and wrong, and with rage, rooted in Black power, an ideology which every person should support, but to which I have no possible claim as my own.” Krug concludes.