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Another White Academic Has Admitted To Lying About Being Black

Another white academic has admitted to lying about being Black

9/18/2020 6:14:00 AM

Another white academic has admitted to lying about being Black

Mere weeks after former George Washington University professor Jessica Krug was pressured into coming forward and admitting that she had been pretending to be Black for the entirety of her professional career, another white academic has been outed for lying about their racial identity. CV Vitolo-Haddad, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has resigned from a teaching position at the college after an anonymous Medium post led them to admit that they had lied about being a person of color.\n

, Vitolo-Haddad was more explicit about the lies they were apologizing for.“What I know is that I am Southern Italian/Sicilian. In trying to make sense of my experiences with race, I grossly misstepped. I went along with however people saw me. I over-identified with unreliable and unproven family history and latched onto anything I remembered growing up.”

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AdvertisementThey continued on to make some vague statements about race that presumably they“What I know now is that perception is not reality. Race is not flat, it is a social construct rife with contradictions. Fighting racism never required dissociating myself from whiteness. In fact, it derailed the cause by centering my experience.”

AdvertisementI’m unimpressed by these faux-revelatory statements. As someone who cashed in on their ambiguity to claim a number of different racial identities, varying how they identified depending on what would give them the most authority in a particular context, it’s much too late for Vitolo-Haddad to feign ignorance of even the most basic aspects of racial politics. They certainly understood racial politics well enough to manipulate them to their favor.

Although Rachel Dolezal is the most well-known example of a white person pretending to be a person of color, there isa long historyof white people to claim marginalized identities as people of color for their own purposes. Oftentimes, they use that identity to attain positions of authority within the communities of color that they are claiming to be a part of—and then later turn around to make some nonsensical assertion about how they didn’t believe that they could fight racism as a white person. Not only is that not believable, but it also doesn’t make any sense. If they really wanted to support communities of color, how would they be doing that by claiming a racial identity that was not their own and stealing resources and opportunities from actual people of color?

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