George Washington University confirmed that the American Academy that said it lied about being black will not study this semester. Jessica Krogh, an assistant professor whose work focuses on Africa and the African diaspora, admitted in a blog that she was actually a “white Jewish” woman from Kansas City. The post read: “I built my life on a violent lie against blacks.” His colleagues said they were “shocked and dread” by his confession.
In a post on Medium posted Thursday, Ms. Krug said she incorrectly assumed identities that “I have no right to claim: first the lions from North Africa, then the lions of American roots, then the lions from the Bronx with Caribbean roots”. George Washington University said in a statement that Mrs. Krogh would not teach classes and admitted that “many students, faculty, staff, and alumni are suffering.” He said he was “reviewing” the case.
His employment status at the university is unknown. Ms. Krug has not commented. Ms. Krug’s colleagues in the history department at GWU issued a joint statement calling for her to resign her position or for the university to be withdrawn from her position.
“He betrayed the trust of countless current and former students, fellow African students, colleagues in our department and throughout the historical discipline, as well as community activists in New York City and beyond,” the statement said.
“The history system is concerned with telling the truth about the past. In her behavior, Dr. Krug raised questions about the validity of her research and teaching.”
A GWU student who was due to start Mrs. Krug’s class on Latin American history Monday told the Washington Post, “It breaks my heart that these students came with bright eyes and are very excited to learn about Latin heritage and the story.
Ms. Krug’s academic work includes the 2018 book “Fugitive Modernity: Kissama and the Politics of Freedom” which focuses on the politics and culture of diaspora and African societies. Her case has strong similarities with racist activist Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who claimed to be black. After her parents gave her away in 2015, she said that she “recognized that she is black.”