US university Johns Hopkins confronts historic links to slavery
Washington (AFP) - Johns Hopkins, the celebrated philanthropist who supported the abolition of slavery and whose wealth allowed him to found the prestigious US university that bears his name, owned slaves, the Baltimore-based institution confirmed Friday. The revelation by the university, which boasts a long tradition of inclusion, comes as the United States continues reckoning with its own history of racism after widespread protests against discrimination earlier this year. Calls to dismantle statues of leaders from the historic slave-owning South have multiplied, and the legacies of some of ...
US university professor admits she posed as black woman
Washington (AFP) - A US university has launched an investigation after a professor admitted she had lied for years about being black and is in fact white -- a stunning admission amid a tense national reckoning on race issues including cultural appropriation.In a post on the platform Medium, Jessica Krug -- a history professor at George Washington University in the US capital focusing on Africa -- said she had been pretending "for the better part" of her adult life."I have eschewed my lived experience as a white Jewish child in suburban Kansas City under various assumed identities within a Blac...