“I Absolutely Cancel Myself”: GW Professor Under Investigation After Disclosing That She Is Not Black

The case rekindles the tension in academic over claims of minority status, including the controversy surrounding the long-claims of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) who also taught at George Washington that she was a Native American. Much of our minority status designations are based on such self-identifications.  The Census Bureau approach is based solely on self identification. Since 2000, it has allowed people to check multiple boxes for races and ethnicities. Brown University attracted attention for proposing a pure self identification system for “people of color.”

Krug, 39, wrote a  Medium post titled “The Truth, and the Anti-Black Violence of My Lies.”  She revealed what she described as a life built on a “napalm toxic soil of lies.” That career include different claims of minority status from African to Caribbean to Puerto Rican roots as well as being raised in a poor family in the projects.  This background gave her greater credence in writing as a “historian of politics, ideas, and cultural practices in Africa and the African Diaspora.”

Krug has a Ph.D. and is the author of the book “Fugitive Modernities: Kisama and the Politics of Freedom,” according to her GW faculty profile.  She was also a Diversity Achievement Scholar at Portland State and an Advanced Opportunity Fellow at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

She wrote  “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. I have built my life on a violent anti-Black lie, and I have lied in every breath I have taken.”

In a culturally ironic twist, she then declared that she was going to publicly commit self-cancelling: “I am a coward,” she writes, and then repeats it. “You should absolutely cancel me, and I absolutely cancel myself.”

Notably, she insisted that she wanted to be held accountable. It is unclear legally what form such accountability could take. Securing minority positions or benefits can be fraudulent like those at Wisconsin. However, the benefits (as discussed in the Warren controversy) can be less direct or easy to isolate for academics. As with “stolen valor cases,” the most common punishment is public recrimination and isolation.

115 thoughts on ““I Absolutely Cancel Myself”: GW Professor Under Investigation After Disclosing That She Is Not Black”

  1. I believe the inevitable question is, how did this obviously unstable individual get a position of influence at a major American university? Are today’s parents willingly parting with their life savings in the form of outrageous tuitions without researching the educators themselves? How could you pay the tuition this institution demands knowing the clown is on the faculty?

  2. It could be that the good professor has grown weary of the phony identity stuff and yearns to get back to the real Jessica – a nice Jewish girl from Kansas City.

  3. One thing confuses me. How come it’s OK to self-identify as female, if you are born male (and vice-versa), but you cannot self-identify as black if you are born white? No one has researched racial fluidity?

    1. Kathy,

      I haven’t seen you here before, welcome to the asylum (insane asylum?) some of us frequent from time to time.

      To answer you questions, it’s just like the answer as to why some like gals with name spelled Cathy with a C more then a gal with a name Kathy with a K, but both might stab a guy if he calls them Kitty.

      Sorry, maybe it’s above my pay grade. 😉

  4. I have my doubts that GW will fire this professor. Doing so is an admission that they hired her not because of superior academic achievement but rather solely because of race. How embarrassing for them.

    1. I think we are at the point where they boast of hiring only on the basis of color and without regard to qualifications.

  5. I’m surprised more Professors are not serial killers because the magical power of tenure makes being a professor the most protected job on the planet. It seems you could be a serial killer, admit it in all your classes for years, and even after being investigated charged, and convicted a professor will still be able to sue a school and maintain their job as long as they can make an online lecturer once or twice a year, and will even be able to rack in royalties on all the books they rewrite, or re-arrange the chapters of every year so they can keep selling it to students. I am so tired of how hard it is to fire (at leasts liberal) professors. It’s time you all joined the rest of the world from your ivory towers of “free speech” howitzers which you all usually misfire all over the place. Think reports the President made disparaging comments about veterans. Liberal media’s heads would explode if they see what academia or even their own half-retarded (not mentally ill) colleagues have laid out over the years, and it’s kind of funny because the current Democratic Candidate dodged the draft everytime possible and needed a sick note from the family doc too…

  6. As with the law professor, as with the history professor, facts are, or, can be, hard physical, empirical, experimental realities.
    Without going through a litany of the “facts,” I will discuss two and offer my interpretation.

    First, as I have always maintained with facts and the professor’s words and actions, he is a dilettante and a poser.

    One example:
    “…
    However, the benefits (as discussed in the Warren controversy) can be less direct or easy to isolate for academics. As with “stolen valor cases,” the most common punishment is public recrimination and isolation.”

    Yes!, the professor often claims to be a criminal defense lawyer, among a great many other self identifying attributes. Simply, factually, the professor is that “a professor, an academic, a teacher” with sinecure. Nothing more; nothing less.

    Professor Krug has made an intentional misrepresentation of a material fact: she is and always was and will be white, not black.
    She made that intentional misrepresentation on an application for employment knowingly, deliberately and willfully. Ms. Krug made that intentional misrepresentation to get hired for a job at her present employer, George Washington University.
    The professor’s employer.

    Before retiring I operated a law firm for over 20 years with more than a few employees. In over 35 years of practicing law I have worked for more than one of the largest law firms and companies in the United States. I have also worked at some small, so-called boutique, law firms.

    A intentional misrepresentation of a material fact in an application for employment at any and all of the employers where I worked was grounds for immediate termination. This was true for licensed professional workers and non-licensed workers.
    With respect to licensed professional workers discovered to have lied on their applications, employment termination was automatic.
    With respect to non-licensed workers, termination or not was fact specific. For such a person not terminated, her or his future was problematic, at best.

    Accordingly, Ms. Krug merits summary termination. Will that occur? Extremely unlikely, if not completely impractical. Why? Ms. Krug, as with the professor, she enjoys a secure, comfortable and unrealistic position and place. In a word, sinecure.

    Another example …
    On medium.com Ms. Krugs claims in words, “The Truth, and the Anti-Black Violence of My Lies, among her other assertions,
    “…
    Intention never matters more than impact. To say that I clearly have been battling some unaddressed mental health demons for my entire life, as both an adult and child, is obvious. Mental health issues likely explain why I assumed a false identity initially, as a youth, and why I continued and developed it for so long; the mental health professionals from whom I have been so belatedly seeking help assure me that this is a common response to some of the severe trauma that marked my early childhood and teen years.
    But mental health issues can never, will never, neither explain nor justify, neither condone nor excuse, that, in spite of knowing and regularly critiquing any and every non-Black person who appropriates from Black people, my false identity was crafted entirely from the fabric of Black lives. That I claimed belonging with living people and ancestors to whom and for whom my being is always a threat at best and a death sentence at worst.
    I am not a culture vulture. I am a culture leech.”

    Initially, Ms. Krug offers a conclusion, or a conclusionary statement. What is offered without evidence or facts and, thus, can and must be dismissed without evidence or facts.

    Then, Ms. Krug offers, pleas her defense, excuse and rationalization. In a word, psychobabble. Mental illness, her “entire life”, from childhood to present has been Ms. Krug constant companion. Consequently, she needs, has needed and, presumably, will always need professional help.
    In others words, Ms. Krug could not and did not help herself. Apparently, until now. She wants you to understand, accept and agree it was not her fault, not her doing.

    “Demons” did it. “… mental health professionals … assure me that this is a common response to [some] of the severe trauma that marked my early childhood and teen years.”

    See professionals tell me (her, and thus the reader,), it’s not my fault. Someone else, or something else did this to me. It’s not my fault, not my doing. You understand, accept and agree.

    Please note for almost ten years, I practiced law in the field of professional malpractice, including psychologists and psychiatrist. Of all the professions, from Aviators/pilots, architects, attorneys, real estate-insurance brokers, medical doctors to zoologists (yes!, zoologists commit malpractice), psychologists and psychologists were the least credible and professional.
    Simply, no basis or scientific grounds for their conclusions. Which is not to say they didn’t mean well.

    For general reading, I recommend the book: The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct, Thomas S. Szaaz, 2011

    Just as the professor (in a historical tell of one of his hiking experiences) did not accept responsibility financially, ethically or personally for hiking in the extreme heat, alone, in a completely alien environment without a guide, which resulted in him stating it was the duty, obligation and the responsibility of the State and County to rescue him with helicopters and rescue and medical professionals, Ms. Krug takes no responsibility for her words or actions. (As to the professor, I wrote then and I write now, no one takes or wants to take responsibility for his or her actions.).

    Perhaps, it’s modern times. Perhaps, it’s human nature. Perhaps, it’s simply a fail to take individual responsibility.
    dennis hanna

    1. It has been a very long time since I read The Myth of Mental Illness. My recollection, which may be faulty, is that that which we call mental illness does not actually exist and we are misidentifying unusual behavior that is still within the scope of ordinary human behavior.

      If that is part of the thesis of the book it is supported by the bizarre collection of diagnoses that have accumulated to the point that everyone is mentally ill one way or the other leading to a reduction to absurdity.

      It is also dismaying to see so many people excuse wrongful conduct on some mysterious mental illness as this woman has done.

      On the other hand, one sometimes encounters people who are definitely off. I had one client who thought I was an actor on first meeting and who believed her entire family was gone and actors had taken their places. Another was convinced he was Jesus Christ. I read of a woman who knocked her daughter to the kitchen floor and using a spoon dug through the eyes to remove the girl’s brains and was convinced she was taking the devil out of her daughter.

      The brain, and the mind within, is a bodily organ that develops from before birth and is subject to accidents just as every other organ in the body. We accept that some people are born without limbs or with heart problems or other problems. Something as complex as the brain is not likely to be an exception and its wounds and failures are likely to manifest in very peculiar behavior.

      The fake black woman is likely faking illness for pity, attention and absolution. But other people have genuine problems and we treat them shabbily.

      1. My guess is that Szasz, like Ivan Ilich, had a point but overstated his case. See Clayton Cramer on Szasz personal history. He successfully avoided contact with schizophrenic patients during his residency.

        Fuller Torrey is also a critic of psychiatry from within the profession, but a more measured one. He maintains that psychiatrists walked away from schizophrenics and other asylum populations in favor of office practice which was more agreeable to them. Office practice, per Torrey, deals not with people you’d call ill, but with the ‘worried well’. “Those people need counseling, not therapy, and counseling is a division of education, not medicine”.

        1. Absurd– Thanks. I was riffing on memories of a book I read 50 years ago and would not be surprised to learn there was more to the story or that I got it wrong.

          It is a revelation that Szasz avoided schizophrenics. They would have blown the myth away. It is easy to convince yourself of much if you cushion yourself from unpleasant facts. I like the expression “the worried well”. It sounds right for many who are classed as mentally ill. Good information.

          1. “It is a revelation that Szasz avoided schizophrenics.”

            He didn’t.

            “Good information.”

            lol. No, it isn’t.

        2. “He successfully avoided contact with schizophrenic patients during his residency.”

          Not trrue.

          1. How so? I am interested in the story. If he had contact with schizophrenics did he believe their condition was mythical? It seems it would be hard to maintain that opinion in the face of true insanity.

            1. Looking at the blurb on the book it looks, as I have suspected, that Szasz bears some responsibility for the deranged homeless living under overpasses and on sidewalks.

  7. Maybe she’s a modern equivalent of pioneer–pointing the way to success in a leftardedly F’d up, racist ‘affirmative’ action society.

  8. I’m confused. Is she saying black lives matter, so she’s stopped lying? Or is she saying black lives don’t matter so she doesn’t want to be black anymore? So much to keep straight.

  9. breaking news

    ALIENS CHARGED WITH VOTER FRAUD AFTER ICE INVESTIGATION

    https://twitter.com/ICEgov/status/1301573685518589953?s=20

    19 aliens charged with voter fraud in North Carolina following ICE investigation
    GREENSBORO, N.C. – Nineteen foreign nationals face federal charges in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina for illegally voting in the 2016 federal elections, according to federal charges publicly announced on Wednesday. These charges are the latest indictments to result from an ongoing years-long federal criminal investigation being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Raleigh office.

    A federal grand jury in Wilmington charged seven foreign nationals on August 31 on federal felony charges including falsely claiming U.S. citizenship or making false statements on voter registration application, and with misdemeanor charges of unlawfully casting ballots in the 2016 presidential election. Non-citizens are not eligible to register to vote or to vote in federal elections under U.S. law.

    Francisco Antonio-Aguirre, age 64, Guatemala
    Roob Kaur Atar-Singh, age 57, Malaysia
    Rosalva Negrete-Toledo, aka Rosalva Cortes, age 65, Mexico
    Dave Delano Virgil, age 57, Tobago
    Eloy Alberto Zayas-Berrier, age 70, Cuba
    Emmanuel Olakunle Atoyebi, age 31, Nigeria
    Mokhtar Qaid Ahmed Gulaimid, age 48, Yemen
    If convicted, these individuals face maximum penalties of six years in federal prison, a $350,000 fine, and a term of supervised release.

    An additional 12 foreign nationals were charged in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina on August 13 with misdemeanor charges for unlawfully casting ballots in the 2016 presidential election.

    Ismay Prudence Kathleen James, age 54, Bermuda
    Donald Christian Martyn, age 44, Sierra Leone
    Chaim Pinto, age 68, Israel
    John Andrew Rapsky, age 54, Canada
    Baijoo Pottakulath Thomas, age 58, India
    Shuqin Yin, age 54, China
    Chirong Yin Billings, aka Chirong Cummings, age 56, China
    Henry Alberto Araya-Vega, age 52, Costa Rica
    Rufina Concho-Locklear, age 82, Mexico
    Alberto Damaize-Job, aka Alberto Damaize, age 73, Nicaragua
    Armando Nava-Juarez, aka Armando Nava, age 51, Mexico
    Manuel Efrain Valladares, age 48, El Salvador
    If convicted, these individuals face a maximum term of one-year imprisonment, a fine not to exceed $100,000, or both.

    The charges and allegations contained in the indictments are merely accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

    The case is being prosecuted federally by the office of United States Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin for the Middle District of North Carolina.

    These most-recent indictments stem from an ongoing HSI investigation that previously resulted in separate indictments in the Eastern District of North Carolina in August 2018.

    1. But aren’t they entitled to test the system in North Carolina to see if it works to prevent them from voting, like Trump asks his supporters to vote twice to test the system to see if it will catch them voting twice?

    2. @kurtz. Bloomberg group already predicting Hiden to win 4 days after mail-ins are counted.
      Hilly telling Hiden not to concede. The Dems are already signaling what we’re in store for. They’re going to make Spartacus and Russia, Russia look like a picnic.

  10. Jonathan : So professor Jessica Krug now admits that the appropriation of a Black identity to attain academic advancement was “unethical” and “Immoral”. One of her students says she admired the professor but she is “shocked that it was a complete lie”. At least professor Krug should get some credit for her admission. Too bad Trump won’t make a similar admission. That’s because Trump has taken lying to a whole new level. He lies about everything–big and small. When caught in a lie he doubles down. He is incapable of admitting he ever lied. Trump lied about the “honors” he received at Wharton.and has shamelessly lied throughout his career and almost 4 years of his presidency.

    Professor Krug cheated her students when she pretended to be someone she is not. Trump cheated and lied to the American voters in 2016 and has lied to them ever since. He ran on a “populist” platform promising to “drain the swamp” in Washington. He lied. He said he would not have time to play golf because he would be “working for the American people” 24/7. He lied. Trump said he was going to build a “big beautiful wall” along the Mexico/US border to protect Americans from “rapists” and “drug dealers”. He lied. He doctored official weather maps to try to cover up for his lie about the path of a hurricane. In January Trump said the coronavirus would “disappear” in a matter of weeks. He lied. And now Trump lies when he claims that if not re-elected it will only be because of “massive mail-in voter fraud”. It would take too much comment space here to document all the thousands of lies Trump has told the American people over the past four years.

    If the appropriate punishment for professor Krug is “public recrimination and isolation” for her lie, as you say, then Donald Trump deserves no less– and to be removed from office on November 3rd. Lying to your students about your identity is one thing but lying about your qualifications to be hold the highest office in the land is the worst kind of unethical and immoral failure. This is the comparison you apparently don’t want to make.

    1. At least professor Krug should get some credit for her admission.

      ****

      Her admission came only after she was caught. Even then likely only to sucker people into believing she is a good person after all.

    2. Sorry Farquhar, but it is your messiah and savior Barack Obama who lies every time he opens his mouth. Are you still kneeling at your Obama altar for worship?

  11. Hey, at least Ms. Krug is now eligible to run for the Democratic nomination for the Presidency of the United States. Good for her.

    1. Is this woman still employed by GWU and if so why?

      *****

      If academia stuck with Warren after a similar fraud it might be too late to tack to a different course.

      They will forgive her for socially constructing herself as black but they might not forgive her for being a Jew.

      Academia has gotten very antisemitic lately.

      1. It is stunning that NONE of the MSM are reporting Joe Biden’s blunder as to “a black man invented the light bulb, not a white guy named Edision”.
        Do a search for it using Duckduckgo browser and dozens and dozens of conservative sites are reporting it. But not the lying MSM

        just stunning.

        https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/09/03/joe_biden_we_dont_teach_people_history_a_black_guy_invented_the_lightbulb_not_edison.html
        Joe Biden: Why Don’t We Teach History? “A Black Man Invented The Lightbulb, Not A White Guy Named Edison”

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