Graduate student loses teaching gig for pretending to be person of color: Report

Following similar headlines just weeks ago about another educator, recent reports confirmed that a white graduate student has been forced to resign over claims of brazen cultural appropriation.

The latest case involves a graduate student from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who had allegedly been claiming that she was a person of color, as reported by The Hill.

“Deeply sorry”

Identified as CV Vitolo-Haddad, the Wisconsinite’s social media posts reportedly include claims of apparent minority status.

As it turns out, her ancestry is Southern Italian and Sicilian.

She had been slated to begin a new teaching position at California State University in Fresno this fall, but the offer has been withdrawn in light of the new revelation. Vitolo-Haddad had also been working as a teaching assistant at UW, but that position was also rescinded.

The latest outing of an apparent race fraud came in the form of an anonymous post in response to Vitolo-Haddad’s repeated claims on the blogging site Medium that she was a person of color.

Apparently acknowledging the validity of that challenge to her ethnicity, she issued an apology stating that she was “deeply sorry” for causing additional pain, especially in minority communities.

“I had no right”

“I have let guesses about my ancestry become answers I wanted but couldn’t prove,” she said. “I have let people make assumptions when I should have corrected them.”

This case comes just weeks after a George Washington University professor who claimed to be black for most of her life was exposed as white, as reported by USA Today.

“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 US rooted Blackness, then Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness,” Jessica Krug wrote.

More than five years ago, one-time NAACP chapter head Rachel Dolezal made national headlines after she had been outed as a white woman posing as Black.

While the motivation behind these cases is likely different for each individual, one thing is clear: It does nothing to advance productive racial dialogue when white people try to gain notoriety by pretending to be Black.

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