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George Washington University professor says she lied about being black

‘I cancel myself’: African history professor at George Washington University confesses she has been pretending to be black her entire career in shame-filled online post

  • Jessica Krug revealed on Thursday in a bombshell Medium post that she has lied about being black her entire career
  • Krug, an African history associate professor at George Washington University, admitted to deceiving her friends and colleagues
  • She said in the blog post that she is white, Jewish and was raised in Kansas City
  • It is reminiscent of the scandal involving Rachel Dolezal – a former NAACP leader who was exposed in 2015 as a white woman pretending to be black
  • Following the revelations, Krug has since been slammed on Twitter by several black writers and scholars who she had contact with throughout her career 

An African history professor at George Washington University who publicly identified as black has now shockingly admitted she is white and has been lying about her race for years. 

Jessica Krug revealed on Thursday in a bombshell Medium post that she has lied about being black her entire career and admitted to deceiving her friends and colleagues.   

She said in the blog post that she is white, Jewish and was raised in Kansas City. 

‘For the better part of my adult life, every move I’ve made, every relationship I’ve formed, has been rooted in the napalm toxic soil of lies,’ 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.’ 

Jessica Krug revealed on Thursday that she has lied about being black her entire career

Krug described herself as a ‘culture leech’ and a ‘coward’. 

‘I have thought about ending these lies many times over many years, but my cowardice was always more powerful than my ethics,’ she said. 

‘I know right from wrong. I know history. I know power. I am a coward. There is no ignorance, no innocence, nothing to claim, nothing to defend. I have moved wrong in every way for years.

Following the revelations in her post, Krug has since been slammed on Twitter by several black writers and scholars who she had contact with throughout her career

Following the revelations in her post, Krug has since been slammed on Twitter by several black writers and scholars who she had contact with throughout her career

‘You should absolutely cancel me, and I absolutely cancel myself.’  

She acknowledged that it would be unlikely she could repair any relationship she has made given her lies. 

‘I have built my life on a violent anti-Black lie, and I have lied in every breath I have taken,’ she said.  

‘I have burned every bridge and have no expectation that any of my relationships are flame resistant. I would never ask for nor expect forgiveness. 

‘To everyone who trusted me, who fought for me, who vouched for me, who loved me, who is feeling shock and betrayal and rage and bone marrow deep hurt and confusion, violation in this world and beyond: I beg you, please, do not question your own judgment or doubt yourself. You were not naive. I was audaciously deceptive. I have a very clear, loud conscience, but I have acted as if I had none. I gaslit you. I begged for your compassion and love for my isolation and loneliness – real and raw feelings, but borne of the avalanche of deceit. 

In her blog post, Krug said she has battled ‘unaddressed mental health demons’ her entire life and that she first assumed a false identity as a child. 

She wrote that her mental health issues could never explain or justify why she pretended to be black.  

It is reminiscent of the scandal involving Rachel Dolezal – a former NAACP leader in Washington state who was exposed in 2015 as a white woman pretending to be black. 

Krug has been teaching classes on African history at GWU since 2012. She has also written several books and essays related to black culture.

Following the revelations in her post, Krug has since been slammed on Twitter by several black writers and scholars who she had contact with throughout her career.

One claimed that she had only penned the shame-filled post because she had been ‘found out’.  

Krug has been teaching classes on African history at GWU since 2012. She is pictured above during a panel discussion last year on African studies at Columbia University

Krug has been teaching classes on African history at GWU since 2012. She is pictured above during a panel discussion last year on African studies at Columbia University

Krug, pictured above at the Embassy of Haiti in Washington, DC in 2017, has written several books and essays related to black culture

Krug, pictured above at the Embassy of Haiti in Washington, DC in 2017, has written several books and essays related to black culture

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