Jessica Krug has hit headlines after she admitted in a blog post that she had been lying about being black – but how is Rachel Dolezal linked?

It has been five years since Rachel Dolezal found herself in the media spotlight for similar reasons surrounding race, as reported by the BBC.

Here’s how the two women’s stories have been compared this week and what we know about Krug’s recent revelations.

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Who is Rachel Dolezal?

As reported by the BBC, former civil rights activist Rachel Dolezal was put in the spotlight in 2015 when her parents declared that she was white and not black.

She then revealed that she had been calling herself African American for years as she “identified as black” and “transracial”, reports The Sun.

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Rachel was fired from her work at the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People after the scandal.

The Sun also reports that she has since changed her name and is now known as Nkechi Diallo.

Why is she being compared to Jessica Krug?

After Jessica admitted that she had lied about being black people have likened her to Rachel Dolezal.

Jessica made the revelation in a Medium post called The Truth and the Anti-Blackness of My Lies.

In the post, which was shared on Thursday (3rd September), Jessica explained that she is actually a white Jewish woman who was raised near Kansas City.

She’s also an African history teacher at George Washington University and the institution has not yet commented on the story, reports the BBC.

What else has Jessica Krug said in her blog?

Jessica opened the blog by talking about how during her adult life “every relationship I’ve formed, has been rooted in the napalm toxic soil of lies”.

She also said she had claimed identities as “first North African Blackness, then US rooted Blackness, then Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness”.

In addition, Jessica said she had “absolutely no right to do so”, adding that her actions were the “very epitome of violence, of thievery and appropriation”.

Since the post was shared online hundreds of shocked people have shared it on Twitter with some digging deeper into Jessica’s past.

One person shared a picture of her author bio, which read: “Jess is an unrepentant and unreformed child of the hood.”

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