2020 is continuing to be one of the most ridiculous years on record. A white Jewish woman decided to come clean about cosplaying as an “Afro Latina” professor.
It’s Rachel Dolezal all over again.
On Thursday (Sept.3), Jessica A.Krug decided her soul couldn’t take it anymore. In an open letter/confession, she dropped on Medium under her real name, revealed that she has been living a lie pretending to be a popular “Afro Latina” activist Jess La Bombera. In the post titled “The Truth, and The Anti-Blackness of My Lies,” she opened up her confession stating, “For the better part of my adult life, every move I’ve made, every relationship I’ve formed, has been rooted in the napalm toxic soil of lies,” before dropping the bombshell that she is a white Jewish woman.
Krug also admitted that before she settled on La Bombera as her favorite role to play, she pretended to be North African before becoming African American and eventually adopting her Afro Latina heritage.
“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.”
As to why she decided to throw her own self under the bus, Krug called herself a “culture leech” and called for herself to be “cancelled.”
“I should absolutely be cancelled. No. I don’t write in passive voice, ever, because I believe we must name power. So. You should absolutely cancel me, and I absolutely cancel myself.”
She ain’t gotta worry about that because Twitter was gonna do that regardless if she called for it or not. You can peep all of the reactions in the gallery below.
Photo: Duke University Press
Rachel Dolezal 2.0: Jewish Woman Comes Clean, Says I Too Was Pretending To Be A Black Woman was originally published on hiphopwired.com
1. THE CAUCASITY!
In my “Afro Latinx History” class, Jessica Krug discussed dynamics of white scholars engaging in black studies. She really had the audacity pull up an image of the white woman who won an award over her, illustrating how black scholars are often overlooked in the academy. LOL.— Lena (@LenaHaime) September 3, 2020
2. Sad but so dam true.
The fact that Rachel Dolezal and Jessica Krug were able to prosper as much as they did with no pushback should confirm everything dark skin black women say about colorism. But y'all will continue to stay out here stupid.— Lexx (@LexxMoves) September 3, 2020
3. Lol unbelievable
She deleted her Tinder so I can't show y'all, and I know none of y'all will believe this actually happened, but I matched with Jessica Krug -- the white woman pretending to be Black -- on Tinder a couple years back and she went in on me for not caring about Black people enough.— Ja'han Jones (@_Jahan) September 3, 2020
4. Where’s the lie?
When Jessica Krug gets her book deal and is on the talk show circuit, remember this tweet. White women continually harm our communities and are rewarded for their efforts.— Leslie Mac (@LeslieMac) September 3, 2020
5. A THREAD!
I was gonna be quiet on this whole #JessicaKrug thing but I'm hot! Aight, so, boom, a thread on my "friendship" with her.— Akissi Britton, PhD (@kinkyintellect) September 3, 2020
6. Another thread worth your attention.
Many are asking themselves how #JessicaKrug managed to fool anyone into believing she was Afro Latina. Well, let me tell you: we were both fellows at the Schomburg and I suppose she fooled me. (a thread 🧵)— Yarimar Bonilla 👩🏾💻 (@yarimarbonilla) September 3, 2020
Let me know when y’all ready to acknowledge that Jessica Krug didn’t receive advantages because she was ✌🏾black✌🏾, but because of her proximity to whiteness.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 4, 2020
The only reason Jessica Krug finally admitted to this lie is bec on Aug 26th one very brave very BLACK Latina junior scholar approached two senior Black Latina scholars & trusted them enough to do the research & back her up. Those two scholars made phone calls & reached out to...— Dr. YoFiggy (@DrYoFiggy) September 3, 2020
Weird story of the day: Jessica Krug, a white woman from Kansas, has been pretending to be Black for her entire professional career, and now she’s apologizing for it:— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) September 3, 2020
"I am not a culture vulture. I am a culture leech."https://t.co/p2rBC30Tm8 pic.twitter.com/8PZCfA2YGA
I am VERY TIRED of white people blaming mental illness as to why they did something racist. As someone who recently had to put their spouse in a mental health facility, MENTAL ILLNESS DOES NOT CAUSE OR HEIGHTEN RACISM. STOP SHIFTING BLAME JESSICA KRUG.— Yolanda Machado (@SassyMamainLA) September 3, 2020
A lot of white women have a preoccupation with experiencing the life of women who are othered. Rather than let these women speak for themselves, white women would rather cosplay oppression instead. #JessicaKrug this is why I made this skit of #SallyInHR https://t.co/hBM9cWQo9R— Kelechi (@kelechnekoff) September 4, 2020
so heyyyy, with the new "i'm a white woman pretending to be black" thing (google Jessica Krug), we're gonna get another round of "if being transgender is okay, why can't you switch races???" questions from ignorant whites.— Mx. Dianna E. Anderson (@diannaeanderson) September 3, 2020
Let me try to answer that?