But the consequences of such trickery are complex — and thus can be more unsettling than the simple shock value suggests.
The school announced on Thursday that the faculty member has resigned.
But the above stories’ structural uniformity obscures how the injury caused by racial fraud varies.
In some instances, there’s the unique cruelty of trafficking in corrosive, timeworn stereotypes of people of color.
For example, the former University of New Hampshire professor conjured up the image of non-White immigrants as antediluvian, as archly conservative — as resistant to the noble ambition of bolstering equality.
Krug’s deceit was both knottier and not. On the one hand, she sought refuge in the US’ general benightedness regarding race and ethnicity.
In other instances, racial fraud inflicts damage that’s much, much more personal. Ask students — or, really, anyone who made themselves vulnerable to anyone among the daisy chain of names above.
“It was the last thing on my mind to think she was lying. I would think I had the details confused,” Goraya added.
And this is to say nothing of how racial deception at times reanimates the notion that it’s somehow easier to be an academic of color — a belief that might explain why the issue appears to be prevalent in the academy.
Of course, this thinking downplays the fact that academics of color often have to champion themselves in a majority-White environment that undercuts them — that views them as unworthy, their ideas as intellectually frail.
As the news of another academic who was pretending to be a person of color unfolds, it’s important to keep in mind that the consequences of this sort of racial deceit are more intricate than the initial narrative lets on.