Why was Jessica Krug wrong?

If Krug is not guilty of appropriating black culture,” she is guilty of attempting to establish her bona fides as a scholar of black people through a persona that both pandered to and reinforced commonplace stereotypes about black and brown people. Simply put, Krug was a minstrel act, a racist caricature.

But while Krug’s persona was certainly offensive, what’s far more offensive is that there is a demand for this kind of performance in some liberal academic circles.

Jess La Bombalera” and the Pathologies of Racial Authenticity

September 12, 2020

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