A US tutorial who stated she lied about being black won’t teach courses this semester, George Washington University has confirmed.
Jessica Krug, an affiliate professor whose work focuses on Africa and the African diaspora, admitted in a weblog put up that she was actually a white Jewish girl from Kansas City.
The put up learn: “I have built my life on a violent anti-black lie.”
Her colleagues stated they had been “shocked and appalled” by her admission.
In a Medium put up revealed on Thursday, Ms Krug said she had falsely assumed identities “that I had no right to claim: first North African Blackness, then US rooted Blackness, then Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness”.
In a press release, George Washington University said Ms Krug would not teach classes and acknowledged “many students, faculty, staff and alumni are hurting.” It stated it was “reviewing” the case.
Her employment standing on the college is unknown. Ms Krug has not commented.
What has the response been?
Ms Krug’s colleagues at GWU’s Department of History launched a joint assertion calling for her to resign from her put up or for the college to take away her tenure.
“She has betrayed the trust of countless current and former students, fellow scholars of Africana Studies, colleagues in our department and throughout the historical discipline, as well as community activists in New York City and beyond,” the assertion stated.
“The discipline of history is concerned with truth telling about the past. With her conduct, Dr. Krug has raised questions about the veracity of her own research and teaching.”
A scholar at GWU who was due to start Ms Krug’s class on Latin American history on Monday instructed the Washington Post: “It just breaks my heart that these students came in, very bright-eyed and eager, to learn about Latin heritage and the history. We all placed a lot of trust in her.”
Ms Krug’s tutorial work consists of the 2018 ebook “Fugitive Modernities: Kisama and the Politics of Freedom”, focuses on the politics and tradition of African and African diaspora societies.
Her case bears sturdy parallels to race activist Rachel Dolezal, a white who claimed to be black. After her mother and father outed her in 2015, she stated she “identified as black”.
What else did she say within the put up?
Ms Krug described her behaviour as “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 added that she had continued the pretence even in her private relationships.
She blamed her lies on psychological well being points and trauma skilled in her early years, though she stated this was not an excuse for her actions.
According to media stories, Ms Krug additionally used the title Jessica La Bombalera as an activist. In one video posted earlier this 12 months, she berated white New Yorkers for failing to “yield their time for Black and Brown indigenous New Yorkers”.