In one (n Online mail On Thursday, someone who claimed to be a professor at George Washington University, Jessica Krug, published that she had spent her adult life falsely claiming to be black.
“Increasingly, I have avoided my experience as a white Jewish child in a suburb of Kansas City under various presumed identities within a blackness that I could not claim,” the post said.
Krug, who studies Africa and the African diaspora, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday and confirmed whether she was the author of the post.
The post published on the blogging platform medium, states that Krug alternately claimed “North African blackness, then US-rooted blackness, then Caribbean-rooted Bronx blackness”. Mental health problems resulting from “severe trauma that characterized my early childhood and adolescence” are cited as a trigger for the assumption of false identities.
The post got a lot of attention on social media on Thursday. Many users on Twitter linked the situation to that of Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who claimed to be black and became the chapter president of the NAACP in Washington state.
“IMPRESSIVE. A white Jewish woman from Kansas City lied all her adult life by pretending to be black,” wrote Karen Attiah, editor of the Washington Post, on Twitter.
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Krug’s book “Fleeting Modernity: Kisama and the Politics of Freedom” was a finalist for the Harriet Tubman Prize 2019 of the Lapidus Center for the historical analysis of transatlantic slavery.
In the introduction, Krug describes the book as a love letter to: “My ancestors, unknown, nameless, who bled life into a future that they had no reason to believe could or should exist.”
“It is a love letter for everyone who was murdered in the struggle for freedom and for everyone who dies because we have not yet reached it. It’s a love letter for my lonely siblings, from Rikers to San Quentin, for my cousins being held on gang charges, for my femme doing tricks. For those who will never be wrapped in the protective veil of innocence woven from five centuries of dismemberment, ”Krug writes.
George Washington University did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
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