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Started by Arjuna on Sep 3, 2020 10:46:45 PM
Rachel Dolezal II - Electric Boogaloo

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.

Arjuna - 03 Sep 2020 22:47:04 (#1 of 93)

Here we go again

levelgaze - 03 Sep 2020 22:52:26 (#2 of 93)

Oh dear.

Ginmonkey - 03 Sep 2020 22:59:43 (#3 of 93)

Well that's an odd thing.

TheVoiceOfReason - 03 Sep 2020 23:05:18 (#4 of 93)

Brave and stunning!

levelgaze - 03 Sep 2020 23:14:05 (#5 of 93)

Ha ha!

machiavelli - 03 Sep 2020 23:25:08 (#6 of 93)

Krug went by the name Jessica La Bombalera i


carterbrandon - 03 Sep 2020 23:45:02 (#7 of 93)

From Cats, surely?

limegreen - 03 Sep 2020 23:53:27 (#8 of 93)

I tried to read her confession, but it was just an orgy of self flagellation that made no attempt to explain what the hell she was doing.

machiavelli - 03 Sep 2020 23:59:43 (#9 of 93)

The Guardian has reached out to Krug

The whole guardian staff should be slaughtered and their building levelled for the use of that phrase.

Arjuna - 04 Sep 2020 07:56:33 (#10 of 93)

The media always use it as piss take when they know there is not going to be a response.

Her confession may be an orgy of self flagellation but she has just admitted she has made a new of her whole life, would not expect much coherence at this stage.

Ginmonkey - 04 Sep 2020 08:10:22 (#11 of 93)

Interestingly my workplace has launched an initiative for staff who "identify" as BAME.

I wonder if that sort of wording on applications allowed her to do this. Make a statement and no one questions your deeply held feelings.

Arjuna - 04 Sep 2020 08:18:35 (#12 of 93)

What other ways are there to do it? DNA tests? Most people do tell the truth.

Ginmonkey - 04 Sep 2020 08:27:56 (#13 of 93)

I agree. I am interested whether she did this because she had something to gain or whether she genuinely identifies as a different race.

Arjuna - 04 Sep 2020 08:35:36 (#14 of 93)

'genuinely' may be hard to define here

Delighted_User - 04 Sep 2020 08:39:06 (#15 of 93)

Dolezal seemed to have some complex argument about how she really was black. This one is prepared to say she isn't, and that it's all her fault.

I'm curious as to why she's decided to fess up now. Twitter seems to believe she was about to be outed. Probably true, but not proven yet.

kvelertak - 04 Sep 2020 08:46:05 (#16 of 93)

She was raised with black adopted or foster siblings, seems like a cut-and-dried case of a cry for parental attention arising from arrested development. In her head she's competing to be accepted and not feel guilt over white privilege, but she's an adult with white privilege nonetheless, just a bit immature.

machiavelli - 04 Sep 2020 11:45:54 (#17 of 93)

It's like Soul Man on loop with these honky wannabees

TheVoiceOfReason - 04 Sep 2020 11:50:00 (#18 of 93)

It's interesting to read this from one of her critics, which seems fairly representative of the anger: "Jessica Krug is a white woman, who has been lying for years about Blackness, including saying she's AfroLatina - gaining her social currency, book deals, and tenure in Black studies. All the jobs, grants, space she has stolen from Black women sickens me."

So does being Black now confer an advantage on people? I had understood from all the BLM protests that it was actually a disadvantage.

Arjuna - 04 Sep 2020 11:52:13 (#19 of 93)

It probably gives you the edge in Black studies

mingmong - 04 Sep 2020 11:53:50 (#20 of 93)

An old college acquaintence of mine, an expert on the history of the Indian Raj, is employed by Harvard but not permitted to teach in his specialist area because he is not of the right ethnic background.

The converse idea, that a non-white person would not be allowed to teach e.g. a module on Anglo-Saxon history, would be rightly decried as racist

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