By Charlie Loran • 04 September 2020 • 13:13
A PROFESSOR of African American history who identified herself publicly as a black woman has shockingly admitted she is a white woman from Kansas City and has been lying about her race.
Jessica Krug, 38, made the revelations in an online post that she has lied about being black her whole adult life and entire career, she said in the blog post, that she is white, Jewish and was raised in 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.‘
In a video posted online in June 2020 using her activist nickname, Jessica La Bombalera, Krug claims ‘all these white New Yorkers who waited four hours with us to be able to speak and then did not yield their time for Black and Brown indigenous New Yorkers.’
She adds: ‘Much power to all my siblings who were standing up, my black and brown siblings who were standing.’
In her bio, Krug describes herself as an ‘unrepentant and unreformed child of the hood.’ Her book Fugitive Modernities includes the acknowledgement: ‘My ancestors, unknown, unnamed, who bled life into a future they had no reason to believe could or should exist…’
Krug, who has a PhD, described herself as a ‘culture leech’ and a ‘coward’. She has taken financial support from the Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture.
Krug’s post goes on to say, ‘To everyone who trusted me, who fought for me, who vouched for me, who loved me, who is feeling shock and betrayal and rage and bone marrow deep hurt and confusion, violation in this world and beyond: I beg you, please, do not question your own judgment or doubt yourself. You were not naive. I was audaciously deceptive.
In an attempt to make some sense of the crazy situation Krug looks back to her childhood saying she suffered ‘unaddressed mental health demons’ and that she first assumed a false identity as a child.
‘When I was a teenager fleeing trauma, I could just run away to a new place and become a new person. But this isn’t trauma that anyone imposed on me, this is harm that I have enacted onto so many others. There is nowhere to run. I have ended the life I had no right to live in the first place,’ she said.
‘No white person, no non-Black person, has the right to claim proximity to or belonging in a Black community by virtue of abuse, trauma, non-acceptance, and non-belonging in a white community. The abuse within and alienation from my birth family and society are no one’s burden but my own, and mine alone to address.’
Krug has been teaching classes on African American history at George Washington University since 2012.
Her biography page on the university website says she also specialises in subjects including Latin America, Africa, imperialism and colonialism.
Following the revelations in her post, Krug has been slammed on Twitter by writers and scholars who she had contact with throughout her career, any many platforms are removing her work from their sites.
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