A professor of African American history at George Washington University, who publicly identified as black, has now admitted she is a white woman.

A seasoned activist and professor of African American history at George Washington University, Jessica Krug, 38, has been pretending to be Black for years, despite actually being a white woman from Kansas City. She revealed on Thursday in a bombshell Medium post that she has lied about being black her entire career and admitted to deceiving her friends and colleagues. 

Krug wrote that, throughout her adult life, she claimed to have North African, African American and Caribbean heritage. She called her actions the “very epitome of violence, of thievery and appropriation, of the myriad ways in which non-Black people continue to use and abuse Black identities and cultures.”

“To an escalating degree over my adult life, I have eschewed my lived experience as a white Jewish child in suburban Kansas City under various assumed identities within a Blackness that I had no right to claim: first North African Blackness, then US rooted Blackness, then Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness,” she wrote.

According to her “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.”

‘You should absolutely cancel me, and I absolutely cancel myself.” She wrote that “there are no words in any language to express the depth of my remorse” and said that she “would never ask for nor expect forgiveness.”

Those who knew Krug as La Bombalera have taken to social media today to announce their upset. “I’m dazed and still processing my emotions, but mostly, I feel betrayed, foolish and, in many ways, gaslit,” said the author Robert Jones Jr on Twitter.