Friday, September 04, 2020
KANSAS CITY DEBATES JESSICA KRUG DECEPTION & LIES ABOUT BEING BLACK!!!
A local connection to a captivating culture war story has set Kansas City abuzz on the topic of racial identity.
Beyond all of the chest thumping and reactionary comments that aren't quite ready for prime time, a question of motivation persists when considering the misadventures of Jessica Krug:
Why would an educated and attractive woman fabricate her racial heritage?!?!?
The implicit riposte alleges that she sought to benefit from opportunities available to Black women which white women are somehow not afforded. However, statistically speaking, African-American women confront a great deal more economic, social and cultural challenges than white middle-class women from cowtown suburbs.
Given that Ms. Krug hasn't been faking her identity since birth, her admitted racial forgery becomes even more insidious given that she sought to reap the opportunities for Black women who have overcome historical and statistical challenges to achieve an advanced education and middle-class standing.
To be fair, Western culture and human nature encourage "code-switching" to a far lesser extent.
Both Prez Obama and Mayor Quinton Lucas put a bit more bass in their voice and let their perfect elocution lapse when speaking to predominately African-American audiences.
Jeff City GOP politicos play up their drawl and call the state "Missourah" only when campaigning in rural areas.
Kansas City Chiefs fans pretend to be Native American and chant their gibberish cultural appropriation pride . . .
Quite a few white progressives have gentrified the Black Lives Matter movement . . . Mayor Lucas, who graduated a few years behind Mr. Krug as Barstow, has been forced to denounce "fake primarily non-black—allies out to claim some moral high ground."
And a big part of Ms. Krug's deception has been overlooked . . . She also pretended to be Latina . . . Currently, that's a sin committed by more than a few prominent Kansas City journalists occupying cushy jobs in this town's local media scene.
But I digress . . .
The story of Jessica Krug is far more complex than mere swagger-jacking, here's a glimpse at her reasoning from the essay in which she outed herself:
"To say that I clearly have been battling some unaddressed mental health demons for my entire life, as both an adult and child, is obvious. Mental health issues likely explain why I assumed a false identity initially, as a youth, and why I continued and developed it for so long; the mental health professionals from whom I have been so belatedly seeking help assure me that this is a common response to some of the severe trauma that marked my early childhood and teen years.
"But mental health issues can never, will never, neither explain nor justify, neither condone nor excuse, that, in spite of knowing and regularly critiquing any and every non-Black person who appropriates from Black people, my false identity was crafted entirely from the fabric of Black lives. That I claimed belonging with living people and ancestors to whom and for whom my being is always a threat at best and a death sentence at worst.
"I am not a culture vulture. I am a culture leech."
Credit where it's due, the journalists at The Times Of Israel put it far more sufficiently . . .
US professor says she lied about being Black, and is really a Kansas City Jew
And so goes the local debate and fascination with this sordid tale of self-actualization deferred but, ultimately, not denied.
Check the links:
KCTV5: White KC native apologizes for claiming Black identity
Insider Higher Ed: White Lies
News1: The person now-formerly known as Jess La Bombera admitted "the truth, and the anti-Blackness of my lies."
Hot New Hip-Hop: "Transracial" White Professor Jessica Krug Admits To Pretending To Be Afro-Latina - Report
The Guardian: White US professor admits she has pretended to be Black for years
CNN: A White professor says she has been pretending to be Black for her entire professional career
Daily Mail: African American history professor at GWU who pretended to be black is pictured in yearbook of fee paying school where 'she boycotted prom and planned a flag burning' - as neighbor says disgraced academic called her 'white trash'
You decide . . .