You may have heard the name Jessica Krug in the news lately but you may not have been willing to go down the rabbit hole to learn more about what she did. Here’s a quick rundown. Last week, she decided to write a Medium post that outed her as a race hoaxer. She was once employed by GW University as an associate professor of history but that is all over now.
She was very honest about her actions, referring to herself as a cultural leech. This woman is white, Jewish and from Kansas. The identity that she created for herself was that of a black woman from the Caribbean. She banked on people being unwilling to examine the lie too closely. There are a number of Caribbean residents who have fairer skin and she used this to her advantage.
The confession was definitely off putting. She seemed to take responsibility for her actions but the tone was just….off. It came across like she was looking to go viral for all of the wrong reasons. George Washington University says that she has since resigned but we are sure that this decision was made as a way of allowing her to save face.
Update regarding Jessica Krug: Dr. Krug has resigned her position, effective immediately. Her classes for this semester will be taught by other faculty members, and students in those courses will receive additional information this week.
— GW University (@GWtweets) September 9, 2020
The George Washington University Department of History was infuriated by what she had done, calling for her to resign immediately. She’s lucky that she was given the chance to leave campus under her own power. This could have been much worse for her under different circumstances. No one likes to be fooled, especially not on this sort of scale.
This is the sort of betrayal that cuts very deep. Think of all of the professors that she deceived. There’s also a wide range of students who have to feel hurt and hoodwinked. How can someone who is not even honest about their own past successfully teach history? It’s no wonder that this department was ready to toss her out without even thinking twice.
The professors who work in this department are now forever associated with this charlatan. Jessica did not care about anyone but herself when she made this unfortunate decision. Her self outing may have relieved some of the anxiety that she was feeling but she’s essentially signed her own death warrant, as far as teaching is concerned.
Her Medium post showcases a woman who is begging for some form of punishment but from who? And from where? Perhaps she thinks that people will be impressed with her for getting out in front of this but that’s not going to happen at all. If a tell all book ends up coming out next year, we are not going to be surprised, that’s all we have to say on that.
This woman’s shame could not have been too strong or else she would have resigned and hidden without calling any attention to herself. No one ever needs to grab a soapbox when it is time to cancel themselves. You can do that without ever having to tell anyone else about it. Krug probably thought that this would turn out better for her than it has.
In the real world, no one is ever going to give you a cookie because you stopped pretending to be black for a minute. She’s already created this fire storm and now she is going to be badly burned. If anyone else is looking to clear their conscience, they are probably better off quitting whatever job they used their false identity to claim and running off to some locale no one cares about.
Krug could have easily gone back to Kansas and no one would have cared at all. Instead, she begged for the negative attention that she’s getting. It won’t be going away anytime soon, that’s for sure. Just ask Rachel Dolezal. Krug definitely needs mental health assistance and we just hope that there is someone in her corner who is willing to help her get it.