Apparently this list of the eight “white identities” has been passed around on Facebook for a couple of years, but we’d never heard of its author, Professor Barnor Hesse. Lecia Michelle writes in a post on Medium that Hesse is an associate professor of African American studies, political science, and sociology at Northwestern University who developed the list “for black and brown people to use as a resource to categorize those people who claim to be our allies.”

“So if you ranked yourself, you failed miserably. White people have no business ranking their own allyship,” Michelle writes. “If you ranked yourself as anything other than a plain-old white supremacist, you also failed.”

Critical race theory watchdog Christopher F. Rufo is reporting that the principal of a New York school sent the list of white identities to white parents so that they could try to convert themselves from white supremacists to white abolitionists.

Here’s the list in a larger format:

“White traitors” intend to “subvert white authority and tell the truth at whatever cost” and are needed to “dismantle institutions.” From there you graduate to “white abolitionist,” dismantling whiteness itself.

But “whiteness” has been defined: Remember when the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture put up an exhibit explaining whiteness (and then took it down after a backlash)? Whiteness can be found in rugged individualism, emphasis on the scientific method, the nuclear family, and the Protestant work ethic.

So, where on the scale do you rank?

That’s the goal.

And that’s where critical race theory comes in; of course, you start at white supremacist even if you don’t realize it until you’re compelled to take an “anti-racism” seminar at work or school.

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