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Jewish professor who pretended to be black says: ‘I cancel myself’

Jessica Krug said she had “eschewed my lived experience as a white Jewish child under assumed identities within a blackness that I had no right to claim".

Jessica Krug
Jessica Krug

A history professor who revealed she had fabricated a black cultural identity grew up attending a Jewish day school and a Orthodox synagogue

George Washington University academic Jessica Krug admitted she had “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 added, “You should absolutely cancel me, and I absolutely cancel myself.”

Krug attended a school called Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy and her family belonged to Congregation Ohev Sholom in a suburb of Kansas.

Her father had been a member of a local Orthodox synagogue before moving to Las Vegas, where he died in 2017, according to a death notice that lists Jessica Krug as his daughter.

In June, Krug delivered testimony virtually in a New York City Council meeting in which she criticised the New York Police Department as being trained by the Israeli army. Police officers from across the United States have received training in Israel, in an arrangement frequently criticised by pro-Palestinian activists. Organisers of the trainings maintain that they are leadership seminars that do not encourage police brutality or teach physical, on-the-ground tactics.

Krug’s story has captivated widespread interest, with many likening her to Rachel Dolezal, the white Washington State woman who was revealed in 2015 to have adopted a back identity.

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