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Robyn Autry. And as we push back against this neatly prescribed narrative, we might also consider what it is about white femininity that keeps producing this phenomenon. Krug seems to have effectively asserted herself as a fraud rather than being ased the label.

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Even if we accept this teacher-pupil construction, every good student pushes back. Both of these academic programs are deed to increase the presence of historically underrepresented groups in higher education, including students from marginalized communities who are low-income or the first in their family to attend college. Also like Krug, I was drawn into academia after completing the Ronald E.

McNair Scholars Program as an undergraduate.

Also like Dolezal, she was drawn to Africana studies in college, eventually earning her doctorate in African history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before earning tenure at GWU. I also earned my doctorate at UW-Madison, and her graduate adviser served on my dissertation committee. This is the power of privilege: The power to opt in and out of identities, to dramatically defend or chastise yourself before the viewing public, the power to redirect virtually every media outlet to your farfetched story.

Her recent book about the circulation of revolutionary ideas among enslaved people during the transatlantic slave Wanted african american lady was a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Book Prize and Harriet Tubman Prize, presented by Yale University and the New York Public Library, respectively. Identities are tricky. Krug set the internet ablaze last week when she seemingly confessed that she had "assumed identities within a Blackness I had no right to claim. Yet, how can we for the media frenzy swirling around it?

Is it a new twist on the now familiar, tearful display of a white person compelled to confront their own racism?

Share this —. March Rachel Dolezal says she identifies as trans-Black March 28, Please submit a letter to the editor.

They share some uneasiness with their whiteness and seek refuge in their fantasies of Blackness and the rich culture, history and especially the radical politics they associate with it. What does lying about who you are mean for an academic, let alone an activist?

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I have never met Krug, but I have encountered characters like her on college campuses, including my own. And I think this apology is BS. The self-flagellation is absurd and a performance. Comfortable in her role as professor, she manages what information is presented in which order and how it should be contextualized through discourses around trauma and abuse, mental health, anti-Black violence, restorative justice and cancel culture.

Like Dolezal, Krug altered her appearance — darkening her blonde hairaccording to a family friend — and seemed to take on accented speech to perform her version of Puerto Rican Blackness as Jess Wanted african american lady Bombalera, a grittier activist version of her academic self. IE 11 is not supported. By all s, her scholarship is impressive. Follow think.

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The author insists it is neither. Before we shrug and move on to the next spectacle, we might take a moment to consider what about our society, our institutions, produces and craves such imposters while simultaneously ignoring and erasing other, more complex portrayals of Blackness.

I believe in apologies and redemption. We all mislead and withhold certain aspects of ourselves to win friends and influence others, if not out of basic politeness.

When I read the Medium post, it struck me as less a confession and more of a shield. Rather than confronting those expectations directly, to masquerade as the oppressed is to seek out greater rewards beyond those of whiteness itself: more social media followers, more credibility, more access to spaces and initiatives reserved for people who have been historically marginalized, including college admissions.

Or ask her students and colleagues in the history department at George Washington University. But unlike Jessica Krug, I am Black.

They can be ased to us — and sometimes we assert them. Krug references her disassociation from the identities she was ased at birth: white, Jewish, Midwesterner. She did it because she had been found out.

What is it about a white woman desiring access to an imagined Black experience — and then being exposed for the lie — that continues to fascinate? For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser. Mavericks with Ari Melber. As with Rachel Dolezal, assumed identities can cause harm.