U.S. professor who claimed to be Black during career now says she’s a white Jew
A professor of African and Latin American studies at George Washington University says that she has been pretending to be Black all her adult life when, in fact, she’s a white Jew from Kansas City.
“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 according to CNN.
Associate professor Jessica A. Krug, made the confession in a piece published on Medium.
When contacted by CNN, George Washington University said that is was investigating, but that they couldn’t comment on personnel matters.
Krug blamed her chosen delusion on mental health issues.
“Mental health issues likely explain why I assumed a false identity initially, as a youth, and why I continued and developed it for so long,” she wrote.
Krug isn’t the first college professor caught faking identity this year.
Former Vanderbilt professor BethAnn McLaughlin was caught in August after tweeting for years under a fake Twitter account that claimed to be an Indigenous, queer anthropology professor who “fled the south because of their oppression of queer folk,” says the New York Post.
Previously, McLaughlin was highly regarded in progressive circles for starting a #meetoo science group that won her several awards for outing aggressive males in science.
But those honors have mostly been rescinded.
McLaughlin’s scheme was revealed when she faked the death of her imaginary Twitter professor due to COVID-19 after the professor was supposedly forced to teach in-person classes for Arizona State University (ASU).
ASU denied it had happened and the story began to unravel.
McLaughlin also blamed her hoax on mental illness.
“As I’ve reflected on my actions the last few days, it’s become clear to me that I need mental health treatment, which I’m pursuing now,” she told the New York Times.
The episodes lay bare the idea that somehow it is always better in America to be white and highlights an increasing problem with liberal identity politics.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was a presidential candidate of some gravitas until she was forced to admit that her claimed American Indian heritage was made up.
But the biggest liberal “identity appropriation” scandal was when Rachel Dolezal, a former NAACP leader from Spokane, Washington was forced to admit that she was white after years of pretending to be Black.
Dolezal never blamed her delusion on mental illness but instead says she’s decided to be Black, which hasn’t won her forgiveness amongst former friends.
“The issue for me has been the deception, the lie, portraying herself as someone she isn’t,” said Dorothy Webster, a longtime member of the Spokane NAACP and former deputy manager for the city of Spokane told the New York Times of Dolezal’s deception.
“I cannot rationalize it,” she added.
Which is great way to describe the mentally ill.
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