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White professor who pretended to be Black resigns from GWU

Jessica Krug has stepped down from her role as an associate history professor less than a week after her public confession.

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Days after the George Washington University Department of History called for the resignation of Jessica Krug, the professor made the decision to step down from her position.

University officials confirmed the news to CNN stating, “Dr. Krug has resigned her position, effective immediately. Her classes for this semester will be taught by other faculty members, and students in those courses will receive additional information this week. We hope that with this update, our community can begin to heal and move forward.”

Last Thursday (Sept. 3), Krug, a white woman from Kansas, wrote “The Truth and the Anti-Black Violence of My Lies,” a Medium piece apologizing for the years she spent pretending to be Black.

“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 wrote at the time.

Krug, an associate history professor who specialized in Africa and Latin America, apologized repeatedly for lying about her identity and said she understood that she should be canceled.

When the GWU’s history department got wind of the news, they released a statement asking her to resign from her position.

“With what she has termed her ‘audaciously deceptive’ appropriation of an Afro-Caribbean identity, she has betrayed the trust of countless current and former students, fellow scholars of Africana Studies, colleagues in our department and throughout the historical discipline, as well as community activists in New York City and beyond,” part of the statement read.

The department expressed that Krug’s behavior led them to question the validity of her overall research and asked that she step down. They also suggested her termination or the rescinding of her tenure if she didn’t walk away from the job.

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