“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.”
That is how the essay posted on the site Medium, under the name of Jessica A. Krug began.
Titled “The Truth, and the Anti-Black Violence of My Lies”, Krug goes on to describe a long-lived deception of assuming various Black identities even though she is white.
“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,” she said.
At the time of this admission, Jessica A. Krug was an associate professor at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in the United States where she taught “politics, ideas, and cultural practices in Africa and the African Diaspora”.
Krug wrote that she has “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.”
She shared that she had also “formed intimate relationships with loving, compassionate people who have trusted and cared for me when I have deserved neither trust nor caring”.
The university’s History department has since called for her resignation.
In a statement, Department faculty members expressed that they were “shocked and appalled” by Dr. Jessica Krug’s admission on September 3, 2020 and that “she has betrayed the trust of countless current and former students, fellow scholars of African Studies, colleagues in our department and beyond”.
The admission caused an uproar with many going on social media to say that the only reason that she revealed the truth was that she was about to be outed.
See tweet below:
The only reason Jessica Krug finally admitted to this lie is bec on Aug 26th one very brave very BLACK Latina junior scholar approached two senior Black Latina scholars & trusted them enough to do the research & back her up. Those two scholars made phone calls & reached out to...— Dr. YoFiggy (@DrYoFiggy) September 3, 2020
She isn’t the first woman to be caught out. A few years ago, Rachel Dolezal, then president of Spokane’s NAACP branch was exposed as a fraud by her own parents.
Larry and Ruthanne Dolezal confirmed rumours about their daughter’s identity to the media. Speaking to The Spokesman-Review, Ruthanne Dolezal said that her daughter started portraying herself as black in 2006 or 2007, when the family adopted four African-American children.
Another one who got caught out was Martina Big, who went all out in her quest to change into a black woman.
Another woman who has been in the news for assuming an identity that does not belong to them is Martina Big. Big is of a German descent, a model and actress who underwent extensive body modification.
In an interview on This Morning, two years after having injections to turn her into a black woman, she said that she 100% identifies as a black woman.
It’s currently unclear how long Krug has been pretending to be black, but unlike Dolezal and Big, Krug has admitted to her appropriation scam, calling for people to “cancel” her and “cancelling” herself.
“I should absolutely be cancelled. No. I don’t write in passive voice, ever, because I believe we must name power. So. You should absolutely cancel me, and I absolutely cancel myself,” she said.