A white United States university professor, Jessica Krug who lied for years about being black has quitted her job at George Washington University.
The university made this known yesterday via its Twitter account as it said: “Update regarding Jessica Krug: Dr. Krug has resigned her position, effective immediately.”
The history professor focusing on Africa, Krug said she had been pretending to be black “for the better part” of her adult life as she explained in a post on the platform Medium: “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.
The light-skinned Krug said she first claimed “North African Blackness, then US rooted Blackness, then Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness.”
One of her former students told newsmen that Krug had shown pride in her Bronx roots, but told another student she was from Puerto Rico.
On Medium Krug had said that her actions were 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,” calling herself a cultural “leech.”
The university after launching an investigation into the situation last week said Krug would not be teaching this semester. It said: “We want to acknowledge the pain this situation has caused for many in our community.”
However, the University on Wednesday announced that she had resigned and on twitter added that “Her classes for this semester will be taught by other faculty members, and students in those courses will receive additional information this week.”
Krug’s situation serves as a reminder of the case of controversial US activist Rachel Dolezal, who made headlines in 2015 after saying she identified as black, even though both of her parents are white.
Dolezal at that time said, “I’m more black than I am white.”
Cultural appropriation has become abominable in the United States, notably in progressive and university communities.
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