White US professor says she lied about being black

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Jessica Krug poses with her book Fugitive Modernities in 2019

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A US academic whose work focuses on Africa and the African diaspora has said she lied about being black.

Jessica Krug, an associate professor at George Washington University, admitted that she was in fact a white Jewish woman from Kansas City.

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

Her case bears strong parallels to Rachel Dolezal, a white race activist who claimed to be black.

Ms Dolezal first made headlines in 2015 when her parents outed her as white.

The former civil rights activist and African studies instructor had kept up the pretence of being African American for years, but said she “identified as black”.

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Media captionRachel Dolezal told the BBC that “the idea of race is a lie”

Writing in a Medium post published on Thursday,Jessica Krug said she had falsely assumed identities “that I had no right to claim: first North African Blackness, then US rooted Blackness, then Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness”.

She described this behaviour as “the very epitome of violence, of thievery and appropriation, of the myriad ways in whi

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