Jessica Krug, Fake Blackness, and Real Damage

Jessica Krug, Fake Blackness, and Real Damage September 3, 2020

Unless you’ve been hiding from the pandemic under a rock and away from social media you have probably already heard about Jessica Krug. In case you haven’t many media outlets broke the disappointing story today, including The Guardian which said Krug  ” A seasoned activist and professor of African American history at George Washington University has been pretending to be Black for years, despite actually being a white woman from Kansas City.” Allegedly Krug herself came dirty (I’m not going to write came clean) in a blog post where she cited “mental health demons,” as one of the reasons for her lies and deceptions. I got some demons for her, and some ancestors too.

But leaving otherworldly retribution aside, let’s get to the living Black scholars, myself included, who are furious about what she has done. #BlackTwitter is full of real people who were duped by her actions and angered by her subsequent Doezal-splaining. Some are calling for reparations, the return of the grant money and other funds she received as a result of this deception. Others said they saw it coming, like in the following Twitter post by Dr. Holly McGee.


In an conversation with a friend today they wondered why Krug decided to even make the blog post at all. However, it turns out that she knew that she was about to be exposed anyway. The New York Post reported ” Hari Ziyad, a black author and screenwriter, posted a series of tweets calling Jessica Krug “a friend up until this morning” when Krug apparently called Ziyad to confess the falsehoods she detailed in a Medium post …“She didn’t do it out of benevolence,” Ziyad wrote. “She did it because she had been found out.”

People may be wondering why I did not link to Krug’s post, in my not so humble opinion I’ve decided to focus on actual BIPOC scholars, myself included. Here are a few works to look at and support if you can.

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About Lilith Dorsey
Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Afro-Caribbean, Celtic, and Indigenous American spirituality. Their traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University, and the University of London, and their magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is also a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly, filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation,’ and choreographer/performer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show. They have long been committed to providing accurate and respectful information about the African Traditional Religions and are proud to be a published Black author of such titles as Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism, 55 Ways to Connect to Goddess, The African-American Ritual Cookbook, Love Magic, Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens, and the soon to be released Water Magic. You can read more about the author here.
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