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White graduate student resigns from teaching job after lying about being Black

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A White graduate student resigned from a teaching position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison after lying about being Black.

CV Vitolo-Haddad, who is of Italian and Sicilian descent, came clean in an op-ed piece in Medium. Writing under the name “See Vee,” Vitolo-Haddad, who identifies as nonbinary and uses the pronouns “they” and “them,” revealed a knack for deceiving people about their race.

“I am deeply sorry and regretful to the people I deceived by inserting myself into Black organizing spaces I didn’t belong in,” Vitolo-Haddad wrote. “That deception was parasitic and harmful. I want to identify those moments and state what I should have done differently.”

Some assumed that Vitolo-Haddad was Black. Instead of correcting people, Vitolo-Haddad embraced those assumptions.

“When asked if I identify as Black, my answer should have always been ‘No,’ ” Vitolo-Haddad wrote. “There were three separate instances I said otherwise. I should not have adopted any identity outside of what I know. I should have recognized my commitments to liberation can be based on my experiences without incorporating those experiences into my identity. I should have instead been clear and honest about how I identify and talked through people’s perceptions and ideas of me.”

A graduate student who studies journalism and mass communication, Vitolo-Haddad reportedly resigned from a teaching assistant position at the university and as co-president of the Teaching Assistants’ Association.

Vitolo-Haddad’s confession comes one week after another White woman, Jessica Krug, revealed her true identity after passing for Black. Krug, 38, made a living by disguising herself as a Black woman and profiting from issues that affect minorities. She holds a Ph.D. and is the author of the book Fugitive Modernities: Kisama and the Politics of Freedom. Krug also is an associate professor at George Washington University.

In an op-ed piece Krug wrote for Medium, she stated: “I have eschewed my lived experience as a white Jewish child in suburban Kansas City under various assumed identities within a Blackness that I had no right to claim: first North African Blackness, then the US rooted [sic] Blackness, then the Caribbean rooted[sic] Bronx Blackness…I am not a culture vulture. I am a culture leech.”

Vitolo-Haddad claimed to not have gained access to a scholarship or an award that was designated for a person of color.

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on TrapHistory.Com, Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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