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White George Washington University Professor Who Pretended to be Black Resigns

Jessica Krug, the white George Washington University professor who admitted last week that she has faked being Black, has resigned.

The university announced Krug’s resignation in a tweet Wednesday. Her profile has also been removed from the university website, the New York Daily News reported.

Krug, who specializes in African-American history, caused an uproar when she wrote in a Sept. 3 post on Medium that she had spent her adult life pretending to be Black.

“I have eschewed my lived experience 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,” Krug wrote. “You should absolutely cancel me, and I absolutely cancel myself.”

Her classes for this semester “will be taught by other faculty members, and students in those courses will receive additional information this week,” the university tweeted.

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