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White George Washington U. Professor Admits She Lied About Being Black

White George Washington U. Professor Admits She Lied About Being Black

“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”

Professor Jessica Krug teaches Black History at George Washington University. She recently revealed that she is not black, but white. This has sent a shock wave through the academic world.

Krug made the admission in an essay she posted online.

Bradford Betz reports at FOX News:

White GWU history professor admits she lied about being Black

A George Washington University professor admitted in a Thursday blog post that she has for years been falsely claiming to be Black, when she is in fact White and Jewish.

Jessica A. Krug, who teaches Black history at GWU, made the startling admission in a blog post on Medium titled, “The Truth, and the Anti-Black Violence of My Lies.”…

Krug said she has been dealing with mental health issues since childhood when she first assumed a false identity.

“The mental health professionals from whom I have been so belatedly seeking help assure me that this is a common response to some of the severe trauma that marked my early childhood and teen years,” she said.

Here is Krug in her own words, from Medium:

The Truth, and the Anti-Black Violence of My Lies

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.

Not just any lies.

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.

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.

… mental health issues can never, will never, neither explain nor justify, neither condone nor excuse, that, in spite of knowing and regularly critiquing any and every non-Black person who appropriates from Black people, my false identity was crafted entirely from the fabric of Black lives.

Krug goes on to call herself a leech and a coward.

While her confession seems heartfelt, it may not save her job.

Nathan Diller writes at the DCist:

GWU May Remove Professor From Classes After She Apparently Pretended To Be Black

George Washington University’s history department is reportedly looking to remove a white professor from her fall classes following allegations that she has been pretending to be Black.

In a viral Medium post on Thursday, a person purporting to be Jessica A. Krug, an associate professor in the department, said she’d been assuming a false Black identity for much of her adult life.

The school’s student newspaper, The GW Hatchet, reported Friday that Daniel Schwartz, the chair of the department, said in an email to Krug’s students that the department is aware of the “shocking news.”

“I know that many of you are deeply shaken and angered by Prof. Krug’s confession and questioning whether you can remain in her class,” he wrote, per the Hatchet. “While I am unable to offer you any specifics at this time, we are working to see if the classes can continue this semester without Prof. Krug as the instructor.”

Part of the reason this is being taken so seriously, is because Krug has published books based on this lie.

She has even won awards. More from Nathan Diller:

Krug has taught classes with titles including African History to 1880 and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World. She is also the author of the 2018 book, Fugitive Modernities: Kisama and the Politics of Freedom, which was a finalist for both the Frederick Douglass Book Prize and Harriet Tubman Prize last year.

One cannot help but compare Krug’s experience to that of Senator Elizabeth Warren, who also advanced in the academic world, while lying about her ethnicity. Don’t be surprised if the national media ignores that angle of the story, for reasons which should be obvious.

In another year, Ms. Krug’s dishonesty may have been an offense her career could have survived. In our current near panic over race, fueled by the Black Lives Matter movement, and its unquestionable status in higher education, Krug has basically canceled herself.

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This is not surprising, and I would expect that there are others doing the same thing. Why? Because there is POWER in being black in America; systemic racism is a lie told to increase that power. I am also not surprised that, having been caught, this woman now tries to cloak herself in a victim shield, because, again, there is POWER in being a victim in America. Would that there were equal power in merely being competent. Our culture is a mess.

    guyjones in reply to Anonamom. | September 5, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    That there is, in fact, obvious power and influence in black identity — whether genuine, or, falsely contrived/appropriated — reveals that the Dhimmi-crats’ narrative of alleged “pervasive” and “institutionalized” racism in the U.S. is a despicable lie and a brazen deception.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to guyjones. | September 5, 2020 at 3:02 pm

      Or to paraphrase George Orwell….

      Some house slaves are more equal than field slaves………

    Mac45 in reply to Anonamom. | September 5, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    There is currently systemic racism in America and the current brand of such has been around since the early 1970s. The problem with its identification is that it is just the reverse of reality. Systemic racism in America does not negatively affect Blacks, Latinos, or women. All of these groups benefit from institutionalized racism programs. Systemic racism in today’s 1america negatively affects White, Christian, heterosexual males.

    Usually, people do not attempt to identify as another racial group, uless they benefit from that identification. Back in the early part of the 20th Century, light skinned Blacks and Latinos would identify as being White Anglo-Saxons, because it benefited them. Now, the reverse is true.

JusticeDelivered | September 5, 2020 at 12:15 pm

“rooted in the napalm toxic soil of lies”

I am sure that she will have no problems finding comrade schemers, black and white alike.

This women hasn’t lied. According to science we are all Africans as that is where humans originated from. If fact if we all claim to be Africans it would eliminate racism and discrimination. When companies do reports on the race of their employees they would have 100% African Americans so no need to waste money on racist affirmative action programs.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to ConradCA. | September 5, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Democrats one drop rule you know.

    Joe-dallas in reply to ConradCA. | September 5, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    Interesting point – While the prevailing thought is that humans first evolved from africa after emerging from the ice age. It is also the caucasian / white/ blond/blue eyes, along with generally higher level of cognitive abilities are due to inbreeding with the european neanderthals.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to ConradCA. | September 5, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    “This women hasn’t lied. According to science we are all Africans”

    A fact which I have used to bug the crap out of actual racists.

    But our African ancestors were there when people were trapped in hostile conditions, conditions which improved humanity’s intelligence. That was no doubt accomplished by large numbers of people who were not smart enough to set food aside, people who thought ahead.

    WE still have those traits and are better off for them, others have never had those traits, and we see the effects of that today.

    It turns out that having low IQ does matter, and having an average lowest IQ of 59, compared to the highest of 112 is a big deal. Even 85 average leaves those people in a bad situation. Is the crap culture chicken or egg?

Seems you like Rachel Dolezal need to give up all your ill-gotten profits form your lies.

How do her mental health issues NOT explain all her problems? Add early childhood trauma, and that’s it, I think.

At any rate, she is now fodder for Farrakhan.

It seems like a good idea to me. Everybody claim to be black.

Her scam exploits the fashionable attitudes of Academia, which have become completely corrupt. I’m guessing she’s tenured?

Liz Warren did no different, yet she is still a senator and wielding social justice. She and this lady need to be retired for being frauds.

Something else will come up for her. After she gets some help for her issues. However, people should not profit from deception.

And why is Shaun King given a pass?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | September 5, 2020 at 1:04 pm

Krug said she has been dealing with mental health issues since childhood when she first assumed a false identity.

LOL. I guess she showed up at the dinner table when she was 5 and claimed to be Harriet Tubman. She forced her parents to call her “Ettie” or else she refused to eat.

“The mental health professionals from whom I have been so belatedly seeking help assure me that this is a common response to some of the severe trauma that marked my early childhood and teen years,” she said.

Even more LOL! So, she’s been assured that she’s normal!

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.

Okay … that’s it. I can’t take any more. I going to die from laughing. We have ourselves Z’Lig … the BLACK version of Zelig. I wonder if she ever assumed the character of Woody Allen? Maybe that’s her next incarnation?

She lied.
Big deal.
No surprise there.

What worries me is that they believed her.

    tom_swift in reply to Exiliado. | September 5, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    Even worse is the pernicious belief that it’s significant. If her job is threatened, is that because there are some jobs she’s considered to be qualified to do if she’s “black”, but not if she’s “white”? I think there’s a word for that belief . . . not too sure but it starts with an “r” . . .

She could be Black. Are albinos Black? Identity is more than skin deep, right?

That said, diversity breeds adversity. #BabyLivesMatter

First, how were the “well educated” administrators fooled into believing she was black in the first place. Second, I doubt she will be fired for outright lying.

    Telling the truth is what get you fired these days

      ConradCA in reply to murkyv. | September 5, 2020 at 4:34 pm

      If you can lie about being a man/woman then there should be no problem with changing your race. How do you prove your race? This is especially true when being black only requires a small bit of blackness. Just look how Obama was black even though he was half white.

At least she didn’t lie about being Native American. No one could get away with that, right?

Example #117,764 of why white privilege is a myth.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Skip. | September 5, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    @Skip. “Example #117,764 of why white privilege is a myth.”

    I would submit to you that this is proof of black privilege. Why would someone who benefits from white privilege at the expense of blacks seek to take on the identity of the black ethnicity?

    She was seeking the benefits of being black and the underlying privilege that it afforded her as opposed to being white.

    After all, would she have been given a seat at GW to teach black studies if she were white?

    Additionally, her books were recognized as those written by a black woman. Would they have been given the same recognition in academia if they were written by a white woman?

    Of course not.

    Black privilege.

This idiocy obviously isn’t exclusive to Jewish Americans (see Shaun King and Rachel Dolezal, as examples), but, as an American Jew, I note that this phenomenon of non-black Dhimmi-crats seeking attention and relevance by falsely appropriating black identity, is both a phenomenon of pathological narcissism and mental illness, and, also, a reflection of how black identity is actually coveted by many and is widely viewed as an asset in American society; not a hindrance to professional advancement. And, I’m not even talking about race preferences in job hiring, in contract awards and in school admissions.

The vile demagogue-hustler and incompetent pathological narcissist, Obama, serves as a prime example. How can these Dhimmi-crat idiots alleging “pervasive” and “institutionalized” racism in this country, deny the obvious fact that the novelty of Obama’s parentage and ethnic composition — far from hindering his campaign — was a gigantic political asset that almost exclusively motivated the media and white Dhimmi-crats to confer God-like status upon Obama, as a some sort of alleged bi-racial messiah? In sum, if Obama had merely been another white radical hustler from Chicago, he wouldn’t have received anywhere near the adulation and deification.

this is a common response to some of the severe trauma that marked my early childhood and teen years

I’m curious about that “trauma” and wondering whether it was just the usual teenage girl’s angst.

    daniel_ream in reply to CorkyAgain. | September 5, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    No. Body self-hatred is probably the most common symptom of childhood sexual trauma. It’s at the root of most eating disorders, cutting, some forms of drug abuse, and the majority of sexual dysmorphia (“transgenderism”).

    The biggest problem I have with this particular hand-wringing scandal is that it buys into the thoroughly false narrative that one can only perform scholarship on African subjects if one is black. Her scholarship on Africa stands or falls on its own merit; what race she is, isn’t or pretended to be is irrelevant.

Richard Aubrey | September 5, 2020 at 2:19 pm

Is this a genuine epiphany or a career move? Profs are supposed to be able to write. A book deal to finish off her retirement funding?

Jessica Krug self-identifying as Black makes as much sense as Caitlyn Jenner self-identifying as a women.

    Joe-dallas in reply to Dennis. | September 5, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    As you have noted – Transgender dysphoria is mental illness, not biological illness or a mixing of the x/y chromozone

      In both cases my reaction is, no you’re clearly not the thing you say you are, but if you want to say you are that thing, well hey, whatever floats your boat.

“It’s ALL my mom’s fault!”

Well, Kansas City has an official Garment District; maybe she can claim to be a long-time Communist (although the New York one was the place to be in Bolshevism’s heyday) and that has some benefits.

The large arbitrary numbers added to one’s standardized test scores isn’t an advantage given to communists, though. Fake black surely pays better than fake anything else.

It turns out she was outed, and she wanted to try to get ahead of the story. Otherwise, she never would have confessed.

SeekingRationalThought | September 5, 2020 at 8:19 pm

This is why I no longer make contributions to GW (where I went to law school) and took them out of my will. I hate having to make this decision GW done some good things (Attorney General Bar was there during my time and Professor Turley show intellectual honor) but not enough to balance its politics and swampiness. I’ve been able to find other targets for my charity which actually help people and advance their lives.

Escaped from RI | September 5, 2020 at 9:21 pm

America is so racist that white people pretend to be black.

Antifundamentalist | September 5, 2020 at 11:04 pm

she says her claim was “violence” against black people. This word does not mean what she thinks it means.

The Friendly Grizzly | September 6, 2020 at 12:25 am

Is she lying about being a woman?

I don’t know, when I look at her picture, I’m fairly certain that I’m seeing at least 1/1024th African American…

Another leftist mental patient, one of thousands in academia.

Dolezal® is a heluva drug!

She was confused. She was a W*gg*r and not a N…………..

Wow, who ever heard of such a thing. I guess that’s why they call themselves “wigger’s.” Mental illness? Sure. Available therapy? Yeah, but it stings. It’s called ‘eating your gun.’

Another crazy makes the news.

Just imagine how many crazy people there are in American schools who are NOT making the news.

Damaged human beings, for years placed in positions of authority over our children.