George Washington University Professor Jessica Krug, a white woman, is outing herself for living for years as a black woman. She penned a post titled, “The Truth, and the Anti-Black Violence of My Lies,” to ask others to “cancel” her.
“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,” Krug writes in the Medium post.
Krug, 38, calls herself a “historian of politics, ideas, and cultural practices in Africa and the African Diaspora” in the post. She continues by revealing her actual ethnicity.
“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 writes. “I have built my life on a violent anti-Black lie, and I have lied in every breath I have taken.”
On her GWU professor’s profile, Krug says she is an author and a Ph.D. In her book, “Fugitive Modernities: Kisama and the Politics of Freedom,” Krug “interrogates the political practices and discourses through which those who fled from slavery and the violence of the slave trade in Angola forged coherent political communities outside of, and in opposition to, state politics.”
Jessica Krug Says She Has No ‘Altnerative White Identity’
Krug continues by explaining that assuming a Black identity is the only life she knows.
“There is no parallel form of my adulthood connected to white people or a white community or an alternative white identity. I have lived this lie, fully, completely, with no exit plan or strategy,” Krug writes.
She continues writing, “I have no identity outside of this. I have never developed one.”
Krug attributes her decision to adopt a false identity stemmed from “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 writes. “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 continued by asking others to “cancel” her. “I am a coward,” she writes. “You should absolutely cancel me, and I absolutely cancel myself.”
Where Does Krug Go From Here?
After making the admission, Krug writes about feeling lost about how to “fix” the situation. “I don’t know how to fix this,” she writes. “I don’t know what to build from here.”
She continues by saying, “I don’t know that it is possible to repair a single relationship I have with another person, living or dead, and I don’t believe I deserve the grace or kindness to do so.”
In conclusion, Jessica Krug explains that the purpose of the piece is simply to reveal the truth of her identity. “This isn’t a confession, it isn’t a public relations move, and it damn sure isn’t a shield,” she writes. “It is the truth, though.”
[H/T New York Post]