Jessica Krug Racial Identity Controversy refers to an online backlash directed toward George Washington University associate professor Jessica A. Krug, who confessed in a post on Medium that she pretended to be Black and Latina even though she was a white woman. After the post was published in early September 2020, it was widely circulated across Twitter, Reddit and other social media platforms, with many comparing her the Rachel Dolezal.
On September 3rd, 2020, Krug published an article on Medium titled “The Truth, and the Anti-Black Violence of My Lies,” in which she confessed that she grew up “a white Jewish child in suburban Kansas City” but had falsely adopted a Black identity, referring to herself “a culture leech.” Additionally, Krug claims to believe in “cancel culture”:
“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.”
On September 3rd, 2020, Redditor HadakaApron submitted a YouTube upload of a Zoom call in which Krug speaks to the NYC City Council to /r/stupidpol (shown below). In the video, Krug identifies herself as “Jess La Bombalera” and speaks in a fake accent.