A student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has resigned from a teaching role after admitting to lying about being black.
CV Vitolo-Haddad, who identifies as non-binary and goes by the ‘they’ or ‘them’ pronoun, pretended on several occasions to be black or Latino, even though the teacher is actually southern Italian and Sicilian.
Vitolo-Haddad failed to correct people’s assumptions about racial identity, ‘stepped into black organizing spaces’ and said no three times when others asked about being black.
Vitolo-Haddad confessed to the deception in two medium-sized blog posts, apologizing for ̵
The character left a job as a teaching assistant at the university as well as the role of co-chair of the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA).
The revelation comes weeks after White Washington University associate professor Jessica Krug was publicly embarrassed after admitting she had pretended to be black her entire career.
CV Vitolo-Haddad (pictured), a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has resigned from a teaching role after admitting to lying about being black
Vitolo-Haddad published a blog on Medium on September 6, in which he apologized for taking some ‘very wrong turns’ and deceiving people because of racial identity.
‘In trying to sort out parts of who I am, I have taken some very wrong turns. I never really owned up to them when they became apparent, nor did I recognize the trace of damage behind me, ‘Vitolo-Haddad wrote.
The graduate student said that other people made wrong assumptions about origin and were not corrected.
‘I have let guesses about my ancestry become the answers I wanted but could not prove. I have let people make assumptions when I should have corrected them, ‘wrote Vitolo-Haddad.
Vitolo-Haddad promised to make amends for every ounce of heartache and betrayal caused by the false allegations.
In another follow-up media post on September 8, graduate students at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication gave specific examples where Vitolo-Haddad had deceived others about their racial identity and went into detail about identity confusion.
Vitolo-Haddad is southern Italian / Sicilian, but ‘went along with how people saw me’.
CV Vitolo-Haddad, who identifies as non-binary, admitted on several occasions to pretending to be black or Latino despite being southern Italian and Sicilian
Vitolo-Haddad failed to correct people’s assumptions about racial identity, ‘stepped into the black organizing spaces’ and said no three times when others asked about being black.
Vitolo-Haddad apologized for the fraud in two blog posts and resigned roles as teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (pictured) and co-chair of the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA)
Vitolo-Haddad reported three separate cases where others asked to be black and did not say no.
‘When asked if I identify as black, my answer should always have been’ No ‘. There were three separate cases, as I said otherwise, ‘Vitolo-Haddad wrote.
‘I should not have taken any identity outside of what I know.’
Vitolo-Haddad stopped short of admitting to lying, but admitted the need to have ‘clarified my identity’ on those occasions.
Vitolo-Haddad admitted on several occasions to having been in ‘Black Organizing Rooms Where I Did Not Belong’.
‘This deception was parasitic and harmful. I want to identify these moments and indicate what I should have done differently, ‘wrote Vitolo-Haddad.
In the second post, Vitolo-Haddad parents were accused of ‘conflicting stories’ about the family’s legacy.
Vitolo-Haddad published one blog on Medium on September 6th and the other on September 8th
‘I would apologize for ever lying about Cuban roots at face value and subsequently attaching myself to people’s perception of me as if it would provide answers where there is none,’ Vitolo-Haddad wrote.
Vitolo-Haddad admitted to having locked in to ‘unreliable and untested family history’ and did not question it as false.
“What I know now is that the perception is not reality. Race is not flat, it is a social construction with many contradictions, ‘wrote Vitolo-Haddad.
‘Fighting racism never required distancing myself from whiteness. In fact, it derailed the cause by centering my experience. ‘
Vitolo-Haddad resigned from the university’s job and the role of the union, saying ‘education is based on a foundation of trust and responsibility, and until I repair it, I will not teach’.
Vitolo-Haddad insisted on never identifying as non-white on paper or trying to take advantage of educational scholarships or awards for coloreds.
UW-Madison representative Meredith McGlone confirmed to the Daily Cardinal that Vitolo-Haddad had resigned as a teaching assistant at the university.
‘UW-Madison expects people to represent themselves authentically and accurately in all aspects of their academic work,’ McGlone said in a statement.
Jessica Krug, 38, (pictured), a white professor of African American studies, admitted in a medium-sized post earlier this month that she had been faking black for years
This is not the first incident of ‘race faking’ in educational institutions in recent weeks.
Jessica Krug, 38, a white professor of African-American studies, confessed in a medium-sized post earlier this month that she had been falsifying being black for years.
The professor at George Washington University admitted that she had been cheating on colleagues and students for years.
Krug grew up as a white Jewish child in Kansas City, but assumed a variety of black identities throughout her career, she admitted in a Medium blog post on September 3rd.
Krug resigned his role at the university last week after a backlash over the deception.