The teacher who lied about her race and pretended to be black for years has resigned following a backlash caused by her post in which she admitted that “for the better part of my adult life, every move I’ve made, every relationship I’ve formed, has been rooted in the napalm toxic soil of lies.”
As Jessica Krug, who used to work as an associate professor of Africana studies and history at George Washington University, admitted in her blog post, she “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.
“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,” Krug wrote.
Throughout the years, the professor not only deceived her colleagues and students but also her family who were unaware of her lies.
“There’s no way she’s black. I can tell you that, there’s no member of the family that is black,” the professor’s sister-in-law said in an interview with CNN.
“Our last name is tarnished, and all my husband and I want to do is cry our eyes out right now. I can only imagine my father-in-law rolling around in his grave.”
As George Washington University has now also confirmed, the professor has resigned effective immediately.
“Update regarding Jessica Krug: Dr. Krug has resigned her position, effective immediately,” they announced on Twitter.
“Her classes for this semester will be taught by other faculty members, and students in those courses will receive additional information this week.”
In a letter to the staff and students, the dean of Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Paul Wahlbeck, and the University’s provost, M. Brian Blake, also expressed their hopes that the professor’s resignation can help their community “begin to heal and move forward.”
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