Some folks take their love of other cultures to the extreme and this woman is living proof that YOU CAN take it too far.
According to CNN Jessica A. Krug, an associate professor at George Washington University, has written extensively about Africa, Latin America, the diaspora and identity, all while claiming her own Black and Latina heritage. But in an article published on Medium.com on Thursday, Krug revealed the truth: She is White.
"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.
Krug acknowledged in her post that she had no right to claim these identities, saying that "doing so is the very epitome of violence, of thievery and appropriation, of the myriad ways in which non-Black people continue to use and abuse Black identities and cultures."
Remember when Rachel Dolezal got aired out as being a white woman and she said "I identify as Black"? It must be nice to be able to graft yourself into a culture and get welcomed like family all while having the option to turn tail and run if the water gets too hot! These two women have gotten to experience the culture without any of the generational trauma or triumph other REAL women of color possess.
Krug's revelation wasn't done because she got tired of lying, or because she finally decided to do the right thing. She came forward to get in front of a story that was developing at the university where she teaches.
A junior scholar, who is black and latina, approached two senior scholars with her concerns and helped conduct research to prove that Krug had been lying about her identity. The team banded together to do further research and investigating and, before they were set to make their a formal declaration on their findings, Krug got wind of the probe and outted herself.
At this point we think that we're going to need to start looking at old family photo albums before we welcome anybody into the inner circle. Hell, we're all still side-eyeing Shaun King and his claims of being biracial.
This Krug woman needs to be stripped of everything that she gained while masquerading.