A George Washington University professor resigned from her position after a blog post was posted last week claiming she pretended to be black.
Jessica Krug, who had been suspended, immediately resigned from her position, according to an email from GW’s Provost M. Brian Blake obtained Wednesday from NBC News. An essay published in Medium, presumably written by Krug, stated that he had “assumed identity within a Blackness that I had no right to claim”.
Krug, on the other hand, is white and grew up Jewish in the suburbs of Kansas City, according to Medium’s essay.
“Dr. Krug has resigned from his position effective immediately,” the email said Wednesday. “His lectures for this semester will be taught by other faculty members, and students on those courses will receive more information this week.”
The university was also offering advisory services for students who may have been affected by the situation, the email from Dean and Colombian College of Arts and Sciences Dean Paul Wahlbeck said.
Krug taught in the school’s history department, with experience in Africa, Latin America, and African American history, NBC News reported on Friday after being suspended. NBC News also sent an email to Krug to confirm that he had written the essay on Medium, but he did not respond.
The essay said that Krug assumed the identities of North Africa, the United States and the Blackness of the Caribbean in what was “the epitome of violence, theft and appropriation”.
“People fought alongside me and fought for me, and my continued appropriation of a black Caribbean identity is not only, in the cruellest terms, wrong – unethical, immoral, anti-black, colonial – but it means that every step ‘he took has gaslight those I love, ”said the sage.
The author goes on to state that she had been dealing with “addressless mental health demons,” but that mental health was no excuse for her assumption of an identity that was not hers.
“I am a coward,” wrote the author. “There is no ignorance, no innocence, nothing to claim, nothing to defend. For years I have been misbehaving in every way. “