Midweek Quick Takes

News items from this week that may fall under the radar, but are worth knowing…

Can We Identify As Anything We Want?

Jessica Krug, an associate professor at George Washington University (GWU), admitted that she wasn’t black, after all, and was in fact a white Jewish woman from Kansas City.

“I have built my life on a violent anti-Black lie,” a blog post written under Ms Krug’s name read.

The university said it was investigating the blog post but would not comment further.

Ms Krug’s case bears strong parallels to Rachel Dolezal, a white race activist who claimed to be black. Ms Dolezal first made headlines in 2015 when her parents outed her as white though she had long claimed to be black and held leadership positions within the NAACP.

Ms Krug’s post did not give a reason for her decision to admit her deception, nor its timing. However, it doesn’t appear that it was just because Krug was feeling it was time to confess.

Screenwriter Hari Ziyad said her admission came “because she had been found out. Jess Krug… is someone I called a friend up until this morning when she gave me a call admitting to everything written here. She didn’t do it out of benevolence,” he wrote on Twitter.

Other scholars had recently started to confront Ms Krug and ask questions about her background, according to Yomaira Figueroa, an associate professor of diaspora studies at Michigan State University.

“There was no witch hunt, but there was a need to draw the line,”she commented on social media. “Krug got ahead of the story because she was caught.”

If we can be anything we identify with….so many choices! I’m going to have to think about what I’ll be tomorrow.


Is Vote Fraud OK To Some?

 In the Georgia primary earlier this year, roughly 1000 people were found to have voted twice. They requested absentee mail ballots and voted and then also showed up at the polls. According to state election officials, about 15,000 people tried to vote twice but most were stopped at the polls.

The State of Georgia has ordered investigations into the cases. The ACLU has announced they will defend each of those individuals, free of charge.


NATO Comes Out Against Russian Assassination Attempts

NATO allies agreed on Friday that Russia must cooperate fully with an impartial investigation to be led by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons into the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the alliance’s chief said. Navalny is currently in a German hospital after claiming he was poisoned because of his opposition to Russian President Putin.

“Any use of chemical weapons shows a total disrespect for human lives, and is an unacceptable breach of international norms and rules,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference.

The case comes after a similar one in Great Britain where a former Soviet spy and his daughter were found unconscious in a park in Salisbury in 2018. An investigation revealed that Sergeir Skripal and his daughter Yulia had been poisoned by Novichok, a Soviet-era chemical nerve-agent, which had been smeared by Russian operatives on the door handle of their home.

Both father and daughter survived the attack after a lengthy period in critical condition and then a year in an MI6 safehouse.


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