Jessica A. Krug, A professor of African and Latin American studies who portrayed herself as a Black woman has now admitted she’s been lying. Krug, an associate professor at George Washington University, has written largely about Africa, Latin America, the diaspora and identity, all while claiming her own Black and Latina heritage. But in an article published on Medium.com on Thursday, Krug exposed the truth: 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 wrote.
Krug acknowledged in her post that she had no right to claim these identities, saying that “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 apologized for what she calls her “continued appropriation of a Black Caribbean identity,” saying she was wrong, unethical, immoral, anti-Black and colonial.”I am not a culture vulture,” she wrote. “I am a culture leech.”
People on Twitter immediately spoke out against Krug, predicting she would continue taking away opportunities from Black people.
“When Jessica Krug gets her book deal and is on the talk show circuit, remember this tweet. White women continually harm our communities and are rewarded for their efforts,” wrote organizer Leslie Mac.
“She wrote that whole article and included LITERALLY ZERO plans to repair the harm she caused – so what was the purpose of the article? Attention & access – just like her pretending to a Black Woman was.”
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