September 4, 2020

"I hope to live long enough to see future historians pose the very serious question: What *was* wokeness?"


In case you haven't seen the underlying story: "Professor Jessica Krug admits she lied about being black: ‘I cancel myself’" (NY Post):
“For the better part of my adult life, every move I’ve made, every relationship I’ve formed, has been rooted in the napalm toxic soil of lies,” Krug, 38, writes in a brief but life-shattering Medium post titled “The Truth, and the Anti-Black Violence of My Lies.”... “There is no parallel form of my adulthood connected to white people or a white community or an alternative white identity. I have lived this lie, fully, completely, with no exit plan or strategy,” Krug writes. “I have no identity outside of this. I have never developed one.... I am a coward... You should absolutely cancel me, and I absolutely cancel myself.... I don’t know what to build from here. I don’t know that it is possible to repair a single relationship I have with another person, living or dead, and I don’t believe I deserve the grace or kindness to do so."
More here: "Professor who lied about being black ripped ‘white New Yorkers’ in profanity-laced tirade" (NY Post). With video, showing her using an accent/speech style that must have seemed empowering to her when she was pulling off her assumed identity but is now so embarrassing:


84 comments:

Oso Negro said...

Just another data point to illustrate the social advantages of being “black” in the corporate/government/academic world. THAT is the systemic racism in the United States. There is no other.

rehajm said...

Kinda cool to dupe all those wokies for so long, too asleep to notice.

Rob said...

Professor Krug received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012.

Her Roseanne Roseannadanna impersonation as Jess La Bombera was spot on.

Phil 314 said...

She has a Zoom sign language interpreter!? How many deaf people are following this story?

I'm Full of Soup said...

Far left liberals are mentally ill.

Laughing Fox said...

Plus she throws out a little anti-Israel tidbit for her audience--"The IDF" is training police to oppress black and brown people.

alanc709 said...

There's your systemic racism. It's called Affirmative Action.

mezzrow said...

To what degree does real life resemble live action role playing? They appear to be one and the same on a certain surface level until reality can no longer be denied.

The goal of the revolutionaries seems to be to reverse this relationship. Reality must concede and give the world over to the role playing. Self-actualization run wild. Maslow scowls.

"You can be whatever you want to be!"

The bronies would like to be a unicorn, it seems. Jessica wanted to be black. What do you want to be? I just want to be alive.

Ken B said...

Colin Wright gets it https://twitter.com/SwipeWright/status/1301708812743618561

tim in vermont said...

Indians say that if you think like an Indian, you are an Indian. There is no genetic test. They don’t care. Of course this is about Affirmative Action fraud, just like Elizabeth Warren was, in other words, it’s all about stuff white people care about. If you took the special benefits granted to black and indigenous people out of the equation, close to zero people would care in either case.

Paco Wové said...

"napalm toxic soil of lies"

Tempting commenter name.

One of the stranger things about the Great Awokening is how it is based on a hyper-exaggerated sense of pathetic injury. Not "you invaded my country", not "you stole my birthright", not "you killed my father", but "you caused me pain and erased* me and made me feel bad and I'm soooo exhausted!!!"

*As if.

Rob said...

You do have to admire her willingness to be seen as Black and Latina despite the systemic racism in academia. It’s amazing she was still able to gain admission to universities, obtain a faculty position and receive tenure.

Now that she’s embraced her Jewish identity, she says, “What can I tell you? So I said I was a schwartze. Meshugge, right?”

exhelodrvr1 said...

Agree with Oso Negro's 7:12 comment. Educated blacks in the U.S. are one of the most privileged groups in the world.

MayBee said...

Embarrassing. How many people are out there? Elizabeth Warren, Rachel Dolezal, this woman. Beginning to suspect there are more.

But I do have a question. If she lived every aspect of her life as a black woman, wasn't she fully experiencing what it's like to be black in America? Didn't she face the racism that was out there, just the same as if she were black?
So is that very different from being black? It's not like she went out "looking white" and then showed up for work as a "black" woman.

And you know, I have to bring up the trans thing.

rehajm said...

Just another data point to illustrate the social advantages of being “black” in the corporate/government/academic world.

People respond to incentives...

Jamie said...

Geez. I am now wondering whether profound mental illness was always so prevalent among people with pretty high profiles, or whether this is what happens when you decouple American individualism from a sense of social norms. It seems as if every crazy act these days warrants a "Yass Queen!" instead of embarrassed silence and a change of subject.

Paco Wové said...

It's been about thirty years since the loss of the Soviet Union as external enemy and general all-around bad example. Is that all it took?

Bob Boyd said...

She gave the people what they want.

Mingus Jerry said...

She cancelled herself? So, she quit her job so an actual person could take it? I didn't think so.

It's the old "I take full responsibility" without taking full responsibility move.

Kevin said...

What *was* wokeness?

A long con.

Darrell said...

Wokeness is all the Marxist inculcation paying off.

wendybar said...

Because she was so oppressed she had to pretend to be black to get the attention she needed???

Ralph L said...

Look at ME!!!

rhhardin said...

You're not allowed to say what wokeness is. That's wokeness.

Fernandinande said...

A lot of people pretend to be black, for example Camel A. Harris and "Daniel Thompson, an editor at The Kenosha News". No doubt they do it because it's so horrible to be black in horrible racist America and they're masochists.

I'd include O'Bummer in that ilk, also, although I guess half-black officially counts as black, just as half-assed counts as assed.

Bob Boyd said...

I don't think she should apologize. There are so many lying hustlers of all races in the racism industry. Her activities are relatively harmless compared to the "1619 Project", the Fine People Hoax", "White Fragility", the narrative that cops are hunting and killing blacks, etc. Elizabeth Warren pretended to be a Native American to get a plum job and she didn't cancel herself.

Sally327 said...

If you want to be Black because you admire that ethnicity, the culture, the history, whatever, then at least that's a positive sort of motivation, albeit not a justification for deceit and misrepresentation especially in a job hunting context, but she doesn't say it's because of admiration for Black people, she said it's because of childhood trauma, that's what made her want to shed her natural skin and put on a different one. If I remember correctly, Rachel Dolezal came up with a similar explanation, some kind of childhood abuse or mistreatment to explain why she was living as a fake Black person.

It's not appreciation, it's appropriation, so I can see how that would be really offensive. Which until now I've not paid that much attention to cultural appropriation charges, since they mostly seem phony or overblown.

Gusty Winds said...

Wow! Talk about cultural appropriation.

Iman said...

Portland shooter and La Bombera... the latest showcases of the Left’s mental disorders...

traditionalguy said...

It’s a Crusade to find the Holy Grail of White Guilt that went away 50 years after MLKs mighty acts. Where has it gone Mrs Robinson?

Ken B said...

https://twitter.com/SwipeWright/status/1301708812743618561

Temujin said...

We have developed an entire generation- make that two generations- that are emotionally and intellectually damaged, some beyond repair. By 'we' I mean our schools- K-12 and especially higher ed, which eliminates any concept of the individual and raises up the idea of viewing oneself by virtue of your tribe. And everyone is part of a tribe. Even if you don't feel like you are, they will assign one to you.

This should not be a story of anything other than another professor who is so messed up in her own head that she should not be allowed to preach to anyone, let alone a room of young minds filled with mush.

People are individuals. There's no getting around that. Sooner or later the individual is going to come out.

JMW Turner said...

I ain't nowheres tired of hearing of them lunatic academics of faux ethnicity...sheeit!

Sebastian said...

"I hope to live long enough to see future historians pose the very serious question: What *was* wokeness?"

In general, it was a way for white progs to assert their supremacy.

In particular, it was a way of scheming to take advantage of systemic racism, normally to justify special benefits to promote "racial justice," in extreme cases by faking blackness as the ultimate privilege.

Quayle said...

"I don’t know that it is possible to repair a single relationship I have with another person, living or dead, and I don’t believe I deserve the grace or kindness to do so."

Of course it is possible. Apologize, stand up where you fell down, and move on. We all deserve grace and kindness in the common processing of making mistakes, learning, and growing.

J Oliver said...


Blogger Iman said...
Portland shooter and La Bombera... the latest showcases of the Left’s mental disorders...

Don’t forget the Looting is Liberating trans author.

cacimbo said...

Will George Washington University fire her.Who would sign up for her classes now.

Kyzer SoSay said...

EVERY strident Leftist is mentally ill.

Every last one.

The pattern is too obvious at this point.

They can't hide it anymore.

And the ones who aren't "strictly" mentally ill are hopeless perverts like Ed Buck, Esptein, Clinton, Weiner, Podesta (and brother), Menendez, Polanski, the short bald dude who got capped in Kenosha, Jacob Blake, and just so, so many others.

PB said...

I'm sure she has some small percentage of African lineage. We all do. According to the modern One-Drop Rule, she and anyone can claim to be black.

Still waiting for, "All we need is a voluntary, free-spirited, open-ended program of procreative racial deconstruction. Everybody just gotta keep fuckin' everybody 'til they're all the same color." - Jay Billington Bulworth

And, “White people got more in common with colored people then they do with rich people.” - Jay Billington Bulworth

AlbertAnonymous said...

The left took over academia. They left took over the main stream media.

Now you see the plan being exposed. A generation of “college grads” with degrees in cultural appropriation, or black studies or lesbian dance theory or whatever. It’s not a bug it’s a feature. THIS is how the left keeps people “on the plantation”. Constantly telling them they’re seen as less, as oppressed, as “other”. Keeping them down, and telling them they better keep voting DEM if they ever want to see change, if they ever want to be “free”.

The left’s plan is working. It’s sick, and it’s working. THIS is the “systemic racism”

Michael K said...

Rob said... [hush]​[hide comment]
You do have to admire her willingness to be seen as Black and Latina despite the systemic racism in academia.


I assume this is parody.

No mention yet of Talcum X

exiledonmainstreet, green-eyed devil said...

How long did she practice to get the Ebonics down right?

I picture this pathetic woman repeatedly recording and listening to herself and thinking, "Need to drop a few more 'g's' at the end of words and say 'ain't' and 'y'all' more. My grammar is still too good to be authentically black."

FleetUSA said...

Just another part of the Democrat circus sideshow looking for 15 minutes of fame.

Best to just ignore them.

mikee said...

I, for one, possibly have a mixed race child in my future, if my son's current heart throb becomes his wife. That both my son and his girl call such a child a "Hapa" is amusing, as neither are Hawaiian. Such cultural appropriation is less antagonistic to mainland Americans than calling a mixed race child any of the other words for mixed race used in the past and present.

stlcdr said...

Or, is she demonstrating - again - how white people are taking advantage of black people? If she can shed off her white privilege, you can too!

Ignorance is Bliss said...

With video, showing her using an accent/speech style that must have seemed empowering to her when she was pulling off her assumed identity but is now so embarrassing...

So if she had actually been a black woman that would not have been embarrassing?!?
(If one of the other commenters refers to that as the soft bigotry of ho expectations, I will be forced to denounce them as racist!)

Bay Area Guy said...

Wacko Leftwing toxic racial feminism in academia?

What a surprise!

I bet she's a Trump supporter (heh).

Nonapod said...

I give her credit for openly admitting her deception. But I do wonder what triggered it? Did someone find out and threaten to expose her?

mikee said...

Who knew she was lying, and when, and why didn't THEY cancel her? I denounce them all!

Ken B said...

It's not “appropriation”. It’s fraud. She gained preference with her subterfuge.

NCMoss said...

Krug gives pseudo-intellectuals a bad name.

AZ Bob said...

Plus she throws out a little anti-Israel tidbit for her audience--"The IDF" is training police to oppress black and brown people. --Laughing Fox

Is believing this conspiracy required to pass as black or pass as an academic? Is it merely self-hate?

Enlighten-NewJersey said...

Has she somehow proved she’s not black? Maybe now she’s lying about being Jewish. Has anyone talked to her relatives? Do birth certificates state a child’s race? Does anyone know if she always used that fake accent?

frenchy said...

Wokeness is what happens after your consciousness has been raised.

Amadeus 48 said...

Her apology is so over-the-top that I feel as though I am being set up. She obviously expresses herself in extremes, but I can't empathize with someone who is so weird. If she truly only has that identity, so what? She shouldn't kill herself. Is that what she means by "cancelling herself?"

A person with more mental balance would say that racial identity could and should be such a minor part of her character and inner life that she can go forward from here. Someone's epidermis (I stole that from Rae Down Chong in the next post) doesn't tell you much about them, really. Of course, this lady didn't even have the epidermis, which in a perverse way is a comfort to all of us. Her skin color didn't mean very much did it?

This whole episode is an argument for treating everyone you encounter as an individual, not as part of a racial or ethnic group.

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

Here in CO - a state legislator made the mistake of saying "black on black/ brown on brown" and the woke local Media are on board making her pay.

Woke = leftwing speech police.

Megaera said...

How has everyone managed to overlook the single aspect of this story that takes it from hilarious and topples it right over into outright freaking lunacy. "She" is STILL lying, because "She" is actually a "HE". There is absolutely NOTHING about this person that is authentic. Honest -- check it out. White suburban Jewish GUY. Not girl. Everything this freak used to get a professorship at WU (which has a lot to answer for) was fraudulent.

Extra points assigned for degree of difficulty.

exiledonmainstreet, green-eyed devil said...

Do birth certificates state a child’s race?

9/4/20, 9:31 AM

Mine does.

~ Gordon Pasha said...

Too bad she's not Japanese. It would be seppuku - after she reimburses us for any salary or scholarships she has received under the guise of Blackness.

Achilles said...

cntr+f "Elizabeth Warren"...

Ice Nine said...

A White person wanting to be Black. C'mon, let's be frank -- that particular take on self-loathing is sort of the height of mental illness, isn't it?

Jupiter said...

"Wouldn't it be funny if this was just burnt cork, and you were all being tolerant for nothing?"

Dick Gregory

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

wokeness = trying to create an alternate reality

...because of an inability/unwillingness to face actual reality

“Remove not the ancient landmarks which your fathers have set” (Prov. 22:28).
Respecting principles hammered out over the anvil of time vs iconoclasm

"And I will restore to you the years that the Wokist hath eaten..."

(apologies to the prophet Joel)

We await this day

Jason said...

JAMIE KENNEDY YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD!

Original Mike said...

Blogger I'm Full of Soup said..."Far left liberals are mentally ill."

Yeah. And instead of being ignored the media and corporate America is glorifying them. What I don't understand is why?

Bunkypotatohead said...

"There is absolutely NOTHING about this person that is authentic. Honest -- check it out. White suburban Jewish GUY."

I don't care enough to try to find out about that, but "it" should have just claimed the right to racial fluidity. If everyone gets to define their sexuality on a daily basis, then claiming to be a schwartze for awhile seems legit too.

james said...

Wokeness: self-righteous calvinball

daskol said...

There is a way to cancel yourself. It is violent and dispositive. This is different, it's actually next level virtue signaling. She is ostentatiously throwing herself on the goodwill of those she duped, saying she wants or expects nothing, but obviously angling for a second act. She's going to get a fat book deal, I'd wager. Hell, I'm kind of curious about it, maybe enough to read it, although she seems a rather unreliable narrator.

daskol said...

There is a way to cancel yourself. It is violent and dispositive. This is different, it's actually next level virtue signaling. She is ostentatiously throwing herself on the goodwill of those she duped, saying she wants or expects nothing, but obviously angling for a second act. She's going to get a fat book deal, I'd wager. Hell, I'm kind of curious about it, maybe enough to read it, although she seems a rather unreliable narrator.

daskol said...

Why's it gotta be a Jewish chick, man.

Dennis said...

I have to give her credit for her accent. For a white kid from suburban Kansas City to give a plausible imitation of a Bronx Latina must have taken a lot of practice.

Francisco D said...

exiledonmainstreet, green-eyed devil said...

I picture this pathetic woman repeatedly recording and listening to herself and thinking, "Need to drop a few more 'g's' at the end of words and say 'ain't' and 'y'all' more.."

When did this thread devolve into a discussion of Hillary?

Jupiter said...

It's interesting to consider, that even if this bizarre organism were precisely what it has been pretending to be, it would still be a complete fraud and parasite.

hstad said...

I love this comment from the "Woke" lying Professor Krug - "...-"The IDF" is training police to oppress black and brown people..."

She sure doesn't know much about the racial make-up of the IDF or Israel?

"...the majority of Jews in Israel ... are of Middle Eastern and North African descent."...Only about 30% of Israeli Jews are Ashkenazi, or the descendants of European Jews...." As the author in this LA Times article states - it doesn't fit the MSM narrative.

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-mazzig-mizrahi-jews-israel-20190520-story.html

This correlates with my own anecdotal experience of many visits (on business) to Israel. Most Israelis are Brown or Black (60% +). When you add 20% of the Israeli population being Arabic, that makes the White' population around less then 20%.

RichardJohnson said...

Thomas Chatterton Williams has written 2 books.
Losing My Cool: Love, Literature, and a Black Man's Escape from the Crowd.
demonstrating the saving grace of literature and the power of the bond between father and son.
Growing up, Thomas Chatterton Williams knew he loved three things in life: his parents, literature, and the intoxicating hip-hop culture that surrounded him. For years, he managed to juggle two disparate lifestyles, "keeping it real" in his friends' eyes and studying for the SATs under his father's strict tutelage-until it all threatened to spin out of control. Written with remarkable candor and emotional depth, Losing My Cool portrays the allure and danger of hip-hop culture with the authority of a true fan who's lived through it all, while .




Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race.
A meditation on race and identity from one of our most provocative cultural critics.
A reckoning with the way we choose to see and define ourselves, Self-Portrait in Black and White is the searching story of one American family’s multigenerational transformation from what is called black to what is assumed to be white. Thomas Chatterton Williams, the son of a “black” father from the segregated South and a “white” mother from the West, spent his whole life believing the dictum that a single drop of “black blood” makes a person black. This was so fundamental to his self-conception that he’d never rigorously reflected on its foundations—but the shock of his experience as the black father of two extremely white-looking children led him to question these long-held convictions.


It is not that he has come to believe that he is no longer black or that his kids are white, Williams notes. It is that these categories cannot adequately capture either of them—or anyone else, for that matter. Beautifully written and bound to upset received opinions on race, Self-Portrait in Black and White is an urgent work for our time.

Lars Porsena said...

This is why they are called woketards.

Anthony said...

Wait, I thought you could identify as whatever you want and it's okay? Have I missed something? Or do I have to stop saying I'm actually 6'2" 220 lbs with rugged good looks?

I'm so confused. . . . . . .

Jim at said...

If being black in America is so, damn dangerous - as I hear daily from multi-million dollar professional athletes - why are so many people claiming to be black when they are not?

Big Mike said...

Rachel Dolezal, Shaun King, and now Jessica Krug — does anyone think that these are the only white folks passing themselves off as black? Or might there be thousands of white people taking advantage of racial preferences and affirmative action and the soft bigotry of low expections to get ahead in life, but but unlike these three they haven’t outed (or outed themselves)?

Is there something unusual about academia that allows people obviously whiter than Wonder Bread, like Ward Churchill and Elizabeth Warren, to get away with faking a Native American heritage so readily? Those two can’t possibly be the only ones, can they?

n.n said...

Diversity dogma. Woke and drowsy.

alanc709 said...

frenchy said...
Wokeness is what happens after your consciousness has been raised.

9/4/20, 9:35 AM


You misspelled "razed".

daskol said...

Big Mike with the iceberg slim theory of race identification.

I have always wondered why affirmative action programs, somehow different from every other system we've set up, would not be gamed.

Big Mike said...

I have always wondered why affirmative action programs, somehow different from every other system we've set up, would not be gamed.

All federal programs are gamed. Every single one. I lived in and around Washington, DC, from 1969 to 2016. I am 100% certain of this fact.

Sam L. said...

What was Wokeness? The Left just went crazy.