Black Twitter Rips Jessica Krug For 'Canceling' Herself After Pretending To Be Black

The author, who is actually white and Jewish, posed as Afro-Latina for years.

Author and professor Jessica Krug is now a viral news story after admitting she has been lying about her racial identity for years by posing as a Black woman.

In a Medium post published Thursday (September 3), Dr. Jessica A. Krug, who reveals herself to be a white Jewish woman from Kansas, admitted to living “a violent anti-Black lie, and I have lied in every breath I have taken.”

Krug admitted that, at various points, she claimed to be from North Africa, the U.S. and the Caribbean. She even landed a job as a professor of African studies at Georgetown University and was awarded more than one scholarship and fellowship meant for Black scholars.

She wrote books titled Fugitive Modernities: Politics and Identity Outside the State in Kisama, Angola, and the Americas, c. 1594-Present and Fathers of No Nation, which, according to her bio, “explores the relationship between seminal fugitive/resistance leaders and the gendered politics of authority and state in São Tomé, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica from the sixteenth century through the present.”

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In the open letter, Krug also claimed she had 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; the mental health professionals from whom I have been so belatedly seeking help assure me that this is a common response to some of the severe trauma that marked my early childhood and teen years.”

She also said she was a “culture vulture” and that she should be canceled, “I should absolutely be cancelled. No. I don’t write in passive voice, ever, because I believe we must name power. So. You should absolutely cancel me, and I absolutely cancel myself.”

Black twitter had some thoughts. See below.

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