A professor of African history at George Washington University who publicly identified herself as black has now shockingly admitted that she is white and has lied about her race for years.
Jessica Krug revealed in a bombshell medium post Thursday that she lied about being black throughout her career and admitted to deceiving her friends and colleagues.
She said in the blog post titled "The Truth and Anti-Black Violence of My Lies," that she is white, Jewish, and grew up in Kansas City.
"For most of my adult life, every move I've made, every relationship I've built, is rooted in the napalm soil of lies," she wrote.
& # 39; To an escalating extent throughout my adult life, I have shunned my lived experience as a white Jewish child in the suburbs of Kansas City under various assumed identities within a blackness that I couldn't maintain: first North African black, then US-rooted blackness , then the Caribbean was rooted in the Bronx Blackness. & # 39;
Krug described himself as a "culture leech" and a "coward".
"I thought about ending these lies for many years, but my cowardice has always been more powerful than my ethics," she said.
Jessica Krug announced Thursday that she lied about being black throughout her career
& # 39; I know right about wrong. I know the story. I know power. I am a coward. There is no ignorance, no innocence, nothing to assert, nothing to defend. I've moved wrong in every way for years.
“You should definitely cancel me, and I definitely cancel myself.
"I built my life on a violent anti-black lie and lied in every breath I took," she said.
Following the revelations in her post, Krug has since been slammed on Twitter by several black writers and scholars with whom she has been in contact throughout her career
“I didn't lead a double life. There is no parallel form of my adulthood associated with whites or a white community or alternative white identity. I lived this lie completely, completely, with no exit plan or strategy. I have only built this life, a life in which I have worked with a radical sense of ethics, of right and wrong, and with anger, rooted in black power, an ideology that every person should support but for which I don't Possibility have claim as my own. & # 39;
She admitted that she was unlikely to be able to repair a relationship she made because of her lies.
“I've burned down every bridge and have no expectation that any of my relationships will be flame retardant. I would never ask for forgiveness or expect it.
“To all who trusted me, who fought for me, who vouched for me, who loved me, who felt shock and betrayal and anger and bone marrow, deep pain and confusion, hurt in this world and beyond: I ask you to question don't use your own judgment and don't doubt yourself. You weren't naive. I boldly deceived. I have a very clear, loud conscience, but I pretended I didn't have one. I set you on fire. I asked for your compassion and love for my isolation and loneliness – real and raw feelings, but carried by the avalanche of delusion.
In her blog post, Krug said she fought "unaddressed mental health demons" all her life and initially assumed a false identity as a child.
She wrote that her mental health problems could never explain or justify why she pretended to be black.
Krug has been teaching courses on African history at GWU since 2012. She is pictured above during a panel discussion on African Studies at Columbia University last year
Krug, pictured above at the Haiti Embassy in Washington, DC, in 2017, has written several books and essays on black culture
“When I was a teenager escaping trauma, I could just flee to a new place and become a new person. But this is not a trauma that someone has inflicted on me, this is damage that I have done to so many others. There is no place to run. I ended the life I had no right to live to, ”she said.
“No white person, no non-black person, has the right to claim closeness to or membership of a black community on the basis of abuse, trauma, non-acceptance, and non-membership in a white community. The abuse and alienation from my birth family and society are none other than my own and my sole responsibility.
“Black people and black communities are not required to house the garbage of non-black societies. I did it. I know it's wrong and I did it anyway. & # 39;
Her scathing online admission recalls the scandal surrounding Rachel Dolezal – a former NAACP leader in Washington state who was exposed in 2015 as a white woman pretending to be black.
Krug has been teaching African history courses at George Washington University since 2012. She has also written several books and essays on black culture.
Following the revelations in her post, Krug has since been slammed on Twitter by several black writers and scholars with whom she has been in contact throughout her career.
One claimed that she only wrote the shame-filled post because she was "found out".