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UW-Madison Doctoral Student Reveals Her Own Racial Fraud

UW-Madison Doctoral Student Reveals Her Own Racial Fraud

“I am deeply sorry and regretful to the people I deceived by inserting myself into Black organizing spaces I didn’t belong in. That deception was parasitic and harmful.”

Last week, we brought you the story of Jenifer Krug, a professor of Black History at George Washington University, who revealed that she was white after years of claiming to be a black person.

This week, a doctoral student named CV Vitolo-Haddad was exposed as a similar case. This person claimed to be African-American but is in fact, Italian.

Colleen Flaherty writes at Inside Higher Ed:

More White Lies

Historian Jessica Krug, who last week admitted to being white and faking being Black for her entire career, resigned from her associate professorship at George Washington University, effective immediately, the institution announced Wednesday.

But on the heels of her scandal comes another confession of racial fraud from a scholar. This time it’s a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin at Madison — where Krug got her own Ph.D.

The graduate student in question is CV Vitolo-Haddad, a Ph.D. candidate in journalism and mass communication. They (Vitolo-Haddad’s preferred pronoun) were outed last week via an anonymous post on Medium and subsequently wrote two posts of their own on the platform.

This is from the September 4th anonymous post on Medium that outed Vitolio-Haddad:

CV Vitolo “Haddad”: Another Academic Racial Fraud?

When the Jessica A. Krug story came out yesterday I was shocked, but not by the extent of her deception. What caught my attention, instead, were the parallels between her story and that of someone I know. I have long suspected CV Vitolo, a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, of engaging in the same kind of race-shifting and copious lying that now has people enraged with Krug (and which distracts from the important work and struggles of actual Black thinkers, both in and outside of the academy). I share this information with the hope that it might prevent CV from causing the same harm and violence Krug enacted on people who trusted her.

For years, I have doubted my intuition, questioned whether anyone would believe me, and rationalized that CV might, despite all of the inconsistencies in their story, somehow be telling the truth. Race, after all, is slippery and racialization is not just about what is immediately visible, a fact I now believe CV has taken advantage of as they slide themselves further into spaces of Black identity and political organizing that do not belong to them.

Another reason I have hesitated to expose CV is because they are adept at weaving new information into their ever-expanding web of explanations.

Two days after that post was published, Vitolio-Haddad posted this response on Medium:

A First Step

To my dear friends, loved ones, and organizing comrades,

I am so deeply sorry for the ways you are hurting right now because of me. You have expressed confusion, shock, betrayal, anger, and mistrust. All of those things are a consequence of how I have navigated our relationships and the spaces we share.

In trying to sort through parts of who I am, I’ve taken some very wrong turns. I never really owned up to them as they became apparent, nor recognized the trail of damage behind me. The harm I caused is a result of my lack of courage, a preference for being vague and contradictory, uncertain and insecure. I want to make amends for every ounce of heartbreak and betrayal.

I have let guesses about my ancestry become answers I wanted but couldn’t prove. I have let people make assumptions when I should have corrected them.

I know it will take a long time to remedy this damage. I don’t know how to begin repairing things yet, but I want to recognize the hurt. I am taking some time to reflect so I can offer a real apology. I know it will take time for many of you to be willing to redress this.

On September 8th, Vitolio-Haddad posted a second response to Medium:

A Second Step

Edit 9/10: I have spoken to my parents about this. They confirmed anything outside of Italian ancestry were just lies and racist “jokes” told throughout my life. I am horrified and ashamed at myself and my behavior. I’ve been repeating these as truth since childhood. I take full responsibility for spreading these lies and am committed to being accountable for them. I am white and always was. I am deeply sorry for ever saying otherwise.

I am Southern Italian/Sicilian. In trying to make sense of my experiences with race, I grossly misstepped and placed myself in positions to be trusted on false premises. I went along with however people saw me. I over-identified with unreliable and unproven family history and latched onto anything I remembered growing up. All of those actions were deeply misguided and have caused an incredible amount of hurt for the Madison community, those I organize with, and everyone who has been exposed to this public reckoning. It was my choice and error to identify any differently.

What I know now is that perception is not reality. Race is not flat, it is a social construct rife with contradictions. Fighting racism never required dissociating myself from whiteness. In fact, it derailed the cause by centering my experience.

I would like to identify, apologize for, and correct each misstep and overeager identification, and begin providing redress.

First, I am deeply sorry and regretful to the people I deceived by inserting myself into Black organizing spaces I didn’t belong in. That deception was parasitic and harmful.

It is worth noting that student publications have not addressed this situation, or that of Ms. Krug.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald frames the situation here:

What are we witnessing?

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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | September 11, 2020 at 3:03 pm


And all Democrats so far…….

Morning Sunshine | September 11, 2020 at 3:05 pm

I am pretty sure that Italians – especially those in the south like Sicily – have a LOT of African ancestry. Not by choice however….

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Morning Sunshine. | September 11, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    I dare venture to speculate that 100% of “African-Americans” have Caucasian DNA too……

    Those darn Democrats with their 1 drop rule……

    Hey wouldn’t that make all of them Caucasian by the 1 drop rule???????

    have a LOT of African ancestry.

    But not particularly black. More likely Phoenicean (via Carthage), Berber, or other Hamite.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Morning Sunshine. | September 11, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    She, it sure looks like that is the case.

    True Romance – the Sicilian Scene:

    Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper, at the top of their games.
    (and this could be where she got the idea)

    if you’ve never seen the film, in this scene Hopper knows that Walken is about to murder him, so he insults and angers him so much that he kills him fast, before he can force Walken to give up any information.

    Back in the seventies, Alitalia had an ad campaign to promote tourism in Sicily by Americans; the ad tagline was “Come invade Sicily…everyone else has”. Looking at the Island’s history, it was a totally accurate observation.
    I’m of Sicilian ancestry and I can say that our genetic makeup runs the spectrum…my dad had an olive complexion, and I have a cousin who lives there with red hair and blue eyes.
    Sicilians are mutts at best–and we certainly are NOT Italian. (Just ask Rome)

The Northern Italian insult for Scilians is:

“Baptised Arabs”

    American Human in reply to The Drill SGT. | September 11, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Perhaps, however I have spent a bit of time in Sicily and found the people to be clever, honest, and friendly. I loved spending time in Sicily.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to American Human. | September 11, 2020 at 3:29 pm

      Does the Sicilian Mafia still exist?

      Just wondering…….

        notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital. | September 11, 2020 at 3:31 pm

        Maybe not…..think they have all moved and joined the Democrat Party………

        “Does the Sicilian Mafia still exist?

        Just wondering…….”

        What do you mean? It never existed. That was a story invented by haters raining on other people’s success and parade.

        Nice house you got there. Don’t ask too many stupid questions.

        Besides, elements from less civilized parts of the world are far more dangerous, and they do exist.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to American Human. | September 11, 2020 at 4:17 pm

      I went on two business trips to Sicily, and found the people to be gracioous, friendly, and helpful. I’d not mind living there.

      With respect, CV, what a crock of sh*t! I’d say, dump it.

      Try Ethics, and start your learning adventure with Kant’s Categorical Imperative:

      “Act on that maxim through which you can at the same time will it to be a universal law.”

      IOW, babe, imagine a world if everybody did what you did. If the thought pains you or otherwise gives you pause, even a little, avoid committing the act. You won’t regret it if you’re the kind of person thoughtful and rational enough to give the option its due consideration. The tenet might be made for you, among others.

      Those who practice this policy think ahead. In doing so, they tend to choose right conduct, rather than the kind you now so golden-tonguedly (but, sincerely?) regret — a choice made beforehand probably without due — or if with, then obviously inferior — reflection.

      Practicing prudence is this tenet’s byword; forgive me, but nothing other than idiocy is the course’s heading of those who never do; coming up short and feeling foolish, the path’s bearing of those who insufficiently do.

      Do better to start, but at all events, be genuine.

        GatorGuy in reply to GatorGuy. | September 11, 2020 at 5:57 pm

        Above entry was meant to stand alone, not as a reply.

        There really is no excuse for this today. DNA testing is easy to obtain and inexpensive. Anyone who has questions and really wants to know would avail themselves of it. I suspect there are some like this woman who really don’t want the truth. In fact, lie.

        How much in funding/scholarships, etc. does she need to repay?
        She needs to be fired today.

    So, maybe Lombards and people from Sicily and the Mexxogiorno are of different “races”?

Interesting how you can pontificate to us while you take advantage of the system.

Aw shucks, She won’t get reparations.

    Maybe not, but running for the US Senate is still in the cards.

    “I went along with however people saw me. I over-identified with unreliable and unproven family history and latched onto anything I remembered growing up.”

    Sure the Chinese virus is dangerous, but some are particularly vulnerable to Warren-itis.

As a public service, I have translated the above wokespeech gibberish into English.

“All of those things are a consequence of how I have navigated our relationships and the spaces we share.”
Translation: I am a liar.

“I never really owned up to them as they became apparent, nor recognized the trail of damage behind me.”
Translation: I am also a sociopath.

“I want to make amends for every ounce of heartbreak and betrayal.”
Translation: I am really sorry I got caught.

“I have spoken to my parents about this. They confirmed anything outside of Italian ancestry were just lies and racist “jokes” told throughout my life.”
Translation: It’s really my racist parents’ fault.

Oh what a tangled web we weave….

Sounds to me like Italian-Lebanese.

She is a doctoral student in “journalism and mass communication.”
The world would be better off if the number of doctorates awarded in “journalism and mass communication” fell by about 90% from current levels.

Vitolio-Haddad has unwittingly confirmed the stereotypes of Sicilians and Lebanese for being sharp operators.

    daniel_ream in reply to PostLiberal. | September 11, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Just kill all public funding to universities. If there was ever a good argument for such subsidization, it’s long since evaporated. The idle wealthy will be able to afford degrees in things like “journalism and mass communication”, and everyone else will spend exactly as much money on an education as they think it’s worth and will repay.

A woman can “identify” as a man and this subjective conclusion amounts to “truth.” She is transformed, like magic, from a she to a he and we are required to honor the transformation and compelled to use the “preferred pronouns.” This is orthodoxy in any Gender Studies Department. If sex is nothing more than a subjective whim, why should race be any different? There should be no reason why this woman (womyn?) should be prohibited from identifying as a black, using woke logic. So why all the groveling CV? Embrace your race. As Nietzsche told us, there are no truths, only perspectives.

    GatorGuy in reply to Henry P. | September 11, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    And what Nietzsche said so brilliantly belongs strictly at the core of Existentialism, and not the physical reality in which such real, subjective selves find themselves immersed, for better or worse.

    The two phases of human reality, subject and object, are like oil and water, I’d suggest: they tend to and do eventually separate from each other upon repeated attempts to mix; doing so is their respective nature. If they don’t finally separate from each other, they’re not what we understand them to be.

    My two cents. . . .

    This is no discovery, I’m finding. It’s been humanity’s paradox since (s)he and the kids first left the cave and began exploring the larger world to find a better existence, I’m informed.

The pathological narcissism of Dhimmi-crats, revealed in its most infantile and self-serving manifestation of falsely-claimed racial identity.

munchausen by blackness.

I remember once reading an opinion article from the beginning of the 20th century, that argued that Italians should not be accepted as white.

I guess they lost that debate, thereby being excluded from the racial victimhood sweepstakes. If the argument had gone the other way, all those racist jokes from childhood would have been the truth.

Or something like that. It’s so hard to keep up!

Can’t wait to see the first “gay” man get outed for being heterosexual. That’s when we can all decide the world has reached peak idiocy….

In the 80s and 90s Hollywood made lame comedies about people pretending to be black to get into college or guys pretending to be gay to get quality time with the ladies. It’s a bit crazy to see those scenarios come to life.

If only CV had watched Soul Man CV would have learned a very valuable lesson.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to IneedAhaircut. | September 11, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    Black Like Me

    “First published in 1961, is a nonfiction book by white journalist John Howard Griffin …who had his skin temporarily darkened to pass as a black man….”

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital. | September 11, 2020 at 4:57 pm

      It was a drug in pill form.

      Long suspected that Obama probably uses those pills….

      Just sayin’…….

      We’re all Al Jolson today, perhaps — and his act was anything but an imposter’s, but a far different, creatively humane representation (read not: misrepresentation), compared to CV’s et al recently.

      The fine but real line must be seen as drawn between provocative, empathetic, socially-evocative art, and fraud. Only the mentally lazy and Left-traveling fakes fail to discern and appreciate it.

      If we appreciate the great reception Jolson got in his day, we can likewise appreciate the great revulsion many of us feel today at these repeated, academic stunts — felt today by whites and blacks and others all along the interracial spectrum — when someone ceases to be herself, but insists on being accepted, always in these cases for personal advantage, as the other, without disclosure to all who matter.

      After his acts, Jolson near-religiously removed his blackface makeup. His audience always knew who was performing, and why.

Anyone else find it ironic that CV’s Curriculum Vitae is based on a lie?

I don’t understand the problem. These people are just surrendering their white privilege by becoming black.

Isn’t that what blacks have been harping on us about recently?

If we’ve got white privilege and we should be ashamed of ourselves for it, what better way than to just give it up and become black?

    LibraryGryffon in reply to Sailorcurt. | September 11, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Yes, if being white automatically opens all doors and guarantees health and wealth, why would anyone voluntarily place themselves in with the untermensch?

    The logical inference is that “POC” are, at least in academe, now the ubermensch so being thought to be a member of their ranks is suddenly beneficial.

The most spectacularly beautiful human being I ever saw was a mix of American black and Italian. A little girl I saw standing in a shaft of sunlight by a window, with hair the color of gold like my wedding band, and gold skin as well.

I had to pick my jaw up off the floor and look away, because it’s not good to stare at a child.

God made us to be beautiful to one another, and there is no good reason to claim to be anything but what we are.

If “White Privilege” is so great, why do people keep pretending to be Black ?

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would.
You see?”


We are living in Wonderland, people.
You see?

“What I know now is that perception is not reality. Race is not flat, it is a social construct rife with contradictions.”

Is that so? In that case I now identify as Beyonce. My personal pronouns are gOd, bUdDhA, and gIvEmEmOnEyMoThEr-ScRaTcHeR (and woe unto thee if you screw up the capitalization!).

What’s wrong with a white saying their black?

The “Elites” really love it when a “man” says he is a “woman.”

What is the difference ?

Even Hollywood will have a hard time not noticing that “white privilege” is a myth. To get privilege, you pretend to be non-white. You must also hate America and Western civilization.

What’s the big deal? Tens of millions of people believe that a former Olympic Decathlete, who fathered children, is a woman and has won awards as a woman.

Got credibility?

Didn’t think so.

If her preferred pronoun is “they,” shouldn’t she have used “we” instead of “I” in her statements?

southern commenter | September 11, 2020 at 5:32 pm

Why anyone would pretend to be black is beyond me.

    LibraryGryffon in reply to puhiawa. | September 11, 2020 at 11:27 pm


    I just watched that and all I want to do is find that ***** and slap her silly. She actually says that whites are under the control of the government but that she is a queen. Presumably why she feels she doesn’t have to wear a mask, but you know she’d be shrieking that those evil whites were trying to kill her if they take theirs off.

    Narcissism much?

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | September 11, 2020 at 6:38 pm

All higher education is doomed to the same end as the mega-cities……

The “Smartest Money” Left NYC A Decade Ago: Why Jerry & James Are Both Wrong

I think we should start taking skin biopsies, extracting pigments, and doing spectrophotometry just to be sure.

It’s the only fair way to discover if “you ain’t black”.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | September 11, 2020 at 6:55 pm

Higher Ed described perfectly by Allan Sherman

When I Was a Lad · Allan Sherman

My Son, The Celebrity

When I was a lad I went to Yale,
And I knew then that I could never fail
For I studied very hard and furthermore,
I polished up the apple for the professor
(He polished up the apple for the professor)
I polished up the apple so frequently,
That soon I had a Phi Beta Kappa Key
(He soon had a Phi Beta Kappa key,
From polishing the apple very frequently)

On graduation day I made a stop
At a very exclusive clothing shop
I opened up a charge account and asked them for
The best grade flannel in the clothing store
(The best grade flannel in the clothing store)
That suit was a part of a great intrigue,
For it proved I was a member of the Ivy League
(It was part of a great intrigue,
For it proved he was a member of the Ivy League)

Then I got a crew cut and a sincere tie,
And for my first job I did apply
A job in an advertising agency,
Sharpening the pencils of a big VP
(Oh he honed a lot of pencils for a big VP)
I sharpened all the pencils so pointedly,
That now I am a partner in the agency
(He sharpened all the pencils so pointedly,
That now he is a member of the agency)

I kept my ears open and my big mouth shut,
And I learned all the agency’s scuttlebutt
I learned who was going out with whom,
And who had the keys to the powder room
(And who had the keys to the powder room)
For the key to the powder room you see,
Is the key to the structure of the agency
(The key to the powder room is the key
To the structure of the agency)

I worked real hard for the dear old firm,
I learned most every advertising term
I said to the men in the dark gray suits,
“Let’s run it up the flagpole and see who salutes”
(Let’s run it up the flagpole and see who salutes)
I ran it up the flagpole perfectly,
So now I am a partner in the agency
(He ran it up the flagpole perfectly,
So now he is a partner in the agency)

Now I have a big office at the end of the hall,
With very fancy carpeting from wall to wall
I keep my mouth open and I keep my ears shut,
And I’ve got a little palace in Connecticut
(And he’s got a little palace in Connecticut)
So I thank old Yale, and I thank the Lord,
And I also thank my father who was Chairman of the Board,
(And he’s grateful to his father,
Yes he’s grateful to his father,
Yes he’s grateful to his father,
Who was Chairman of the Board)

These faux Black faculty members prove that there is an advantage to being Black in academia. This is especially true in ethnic studies (like Afro departments, Black history, etc.) and grievance studies.

Being Black (or Native American etc.) is also essential for applying for one of the many “diversity” positions where non-minorities are not considered for the positions.

    And that is the most important insight in this whole thread. Thank you.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to OldProf2. | September 12, 2020 at 8:48 am

    They are usually dumb with attitude.

    healthguyfsu in reply to OldProf2. | September 12, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Yep and these diversity positions are just an excuse for universities to pay a minority a boat load of money to be able to say their payrolls are race neutral (the lower paying non-administrative staff positions are more likely to be filled by minorities than faculty positions, which skews the salary distribution)

Should have blamed the witch who turned “they” into a newt. More believable.

Directly quoting her…”I, me, my. How is it she demands to be called “they”, a plural word; yet defines herself as “I, me, my”, singular words.
What tripe.
Thank goodness there IS only one of her, and not two.

To be fair, “person of color” could refer to Southern Italians/Sicilians who are often darker than most Anglos and who were treated as a separate race when they first came. Look at some of the Ellis Island paperwork. Race: Southern Italian.

That’s why I hate “of color”. “Of color” can refer to Arabs, Indians, Mexicans. It’s nebulous. If you want to help black America, say “black”. Or better yet “descendant of West African slave.”

These college professors and Demoncrat voters are consistently proving that affirmation action (a.k.a., sanctioned discrimination) is the only path to get a tenured teaching position.

If white people are finding it advantageous to “identify” as POC – doesn’t that put the “white privilege” narrative in grave danger?

Wait a minute……when did it become not ok to identify as something other than you are?????

“Rachel Dolezal has a right to be black”

It’s almost like there are no rules on the left……..

This could be final confirmation we are all in a simulation and the programmer is just getting started screwing with us.

Well if you guys are gonna start makin sense around here, I’m goin home.

Oh wait… I am home.

As long as government sponsored racism, Affirmative Action, provides economic pressure for people to make believe that they are of minority status, you will continue to see people claiming that special privilege. Much like paying people to be poor, Welfare, creates a lot of poor people.