(PresidentialWire.com)- Jessica Krug, a professor of African history at George Washington University, admitted in a Medium post on Wednesday that she has been pretending to be black for years. It flies in the face of the theory that it is harder for Black Americans to get ahead, when Krug’s entire academic career has been built off the back of the lie.
“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 lives,” she said. You can tell she’s also an author, can’t you?
The post revealed how she has assumed various different identities over the years to escape the fact she is actually a white Jewish woman.
“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 identifies within a Blackness that I had no right to claim,” she admitted. “First North African Blackness, then US rooted Blackness, then Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness.”
So she wasn’t just pretending to be black, she had assumed different identities based on different elements of Black communities in the United States over a period of years.
Jessica A. Krug also became a professor of…. *checks notes* of African and African Diaspora history.
While pretending to be black. https://t.co/14y929mGz0
— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) September 3, 2020
It turns out, though, that this admission might not simply be a matter of Krug coming clean – it appears to be damage limitation. In June, Krug was caught on camera testifying to the New York City council and was criticized for using a fake accent to grill council members.
In the foul-mouthed rant, she slammed the council members for supporting police officers. She also made racist comments about white New Yorkers.
Krug had an excuse for her behavior, which she perhaps might stop her being disowned by everybody in the same way Rachel Dolezal did. She said she did it because of her “mental health issues.” She claimed that she used her different identities to help her “severe trauma” that she experienced in childhood.
“In spite of knowing and regularly critiquing any and every non-Black person who appropriate from Black people, my false identity was crafted entirely from the fabric of Black lives,” she said. “That I claimed belonging with living people and ancestors to whom and for whom my being is always a threat and a death sentence at worst.”
Krug is already facing a backlash, but some have speculated she may end up with a book deal.
I wonder if her inevitable book deal will be worth one or $2 million…
— Nicole Bad & Blerdy (@alamanecer) September 3, 2020
2020 keeps getting weirder.