Can You Adopt a New Racial Identity?

Late one night last week, I was scrolling through my social media feed and noticed someone named Jessica Krug trending. At first, I ignored it, but when I saw the infamous Rachel Dolezal trending alongside Jessica’s name, my interest was piqued. I clicked and was unsurprised to see reports of yet another white woman pretending to be Black for her career gains.

Jessica Krug was an associate professor of African & African Diaspora History at George Washington University. According to the school’s website, Krug was ‘a historian of politics, ideas, and cultural practices…