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GWU Department of History calls for resignation of professor who claimed to be Black

The department recommends Jessica Krug’s termination in the event that she fails to resign.

Jessica Krug Samira Rashid

George Washington University’s history department is calling for the resignation of a professor who admitted to feigning her identity.

After Jessica Krug, a white woman, confessed she spent years pretending to be Black, the GWU’s Department of History released a statement, expressing their disappointment with the university professor and asking that she give up her position.

“The members of the faculty of The George Washington University Department of History are shocked and appalled by Dr. Jessica Krug’s admission on September 3, 2020 that she has lied about her identity for her entire career,” the official statement read.

“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,” the statement continued.

“The discipline of history is concerned with truth telling about the past. With her conduct, Dr. Krug has raised questions about the veracity of her own research and teaching. Accordingly, the department calls upon Dr. Krug to resign from her position as associate professor of History at GW. Failing that, the department recommends the rescinding of her tenure and the termination of her appointment.”

Last week, Krug took to Medium to disclose she’d been lying about her identity for most of her adult life. She apologized for her role in being a “culture leech,” admitted to being a “coward” and said she should be canceled for her actions.

Dr. YoFiggy, a professor at Michigan State University, later alleged Krug’s admission was inauthentic, claiming she was only trying to save face after the truth about her identity was discovered by a few Black Latina scholars.

According to The Grio, Krug, whose expertise includes Africa, Latin America and African American history, won’t be teaching any courses in the upcoming fall semester. Students are being given other options for their coursework.

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