Jessica Krug, An Associate Professor, at George Washington University(GWU), agreed that she lied with her identity claiming to be a white woman from Kansas City during the course of launching her new book title ‘Fugitive Modernities.’
According to her, “I have built my life on a violent anti-Black lie,” a blog post was written under Ms. Krug’s name read.
Meanwhile, the university authorities said, “they are investigating her blog post which she posted, but, said, they won’t comment yet until a full investigation is collected.”
Ms. Krug’s case, which has drawn surprise and condemnation from those who know her, bears strong parallels to Rachel Dolezal, a white race activist who claimed to be black.
Ms. Dolezal first made headlines in 2015 when her parents outed her as white.
The former civil rights activist and African studies instructor had kept up the pretense of being African American for years, but said she “identified as black.”
On Thursday, In her speech, Jessica Krug said she had falsely assumed identities “that I had no right to claim: first North African Blackness, then US rooted Blackness, then the Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness”.
“To an escalating degree over my adult life, I have eschewed my lived experience as a white Jewish child,” she wrote.
On her own, she describes her behavior saying, “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”, adding that she had continued the pretense even in her personal relationships.
She relates all this to her lies in mental health issues and trauma experienced a year ago.
Although, Jessica said this was not an excuse for her actions.