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.
SCOOP: The principal of East Side Community School in New York sent white parents this "tool for action," which tells them they must become "white traitors" and then advocate for full "white abolition."
This is the new language of public education. pic.twitter.com/0XA3xUpcuT
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) February 15, 2021
Here’s the list in a larger format:
White homies: what "level of white" are you – or is this all just stupid voodoo? pic.twitter.com/3SQgqcAULL
— Wilfred Reilly (@wil_da_beast630) February 15, 2021
“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.
If that’s a public school, I can’t imagine how it’d legal to racially harass families like that. Or if it’s not, but clearer if it’s public…
— Dan Morenoff (@MorenoffDan) February 15, 2021
It's a public school in New York City.
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) February 15, 2021
I hope this helps people believe what we've been trying to tell them, some of us for months, others for years.
— James Lindsay, Your Valentine (@ConceptualJames) February 15, 2021
It honestly seems like there’s some type of competition on level of crazy going on. Just when you think it’s reached maxed lunacy, a gem like this drops.
— Dr. Patrick Carone (@PatCarone) February 15, 2021
Bring on the federal antidiscrimination lawsuits.
— Enrique in the BK 🦞 (@enrique_pause) February 15, 2021
9. White unicorn – evolves into new live form free of original sin of whiteness, made of pure tolerance
10. White cloud – physical body disappears, pure energy, vortex of anti-racism
11. White expanse – energy is spread through Cosmos
12. White Nirvana – The Great Awokening
— Michal Kvita (@BilboMichal) February 15, 2021
and people think i'm exaggerating sometimes when I mention this shit…
— Gregg (@FichaCapital) February 15, 2021
I’m really glad you’re on this Chris. I can’t imagine how emotionally taxing it is, but your work is imperative.
— Amy Harris (@aredharris) February 15, 2021
Funny how 'whiteness' isn't really defined, so that it can be whatever they say it is
— Elam Bend (@ElamBend) February 15, 2021
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?
None of the above.
— Gaia Says (@Gaea56998567) February 15, 2021
Espresso with microfoam steamed milk.
— Octavius Januarius (@minvcivs) February 15, 2021
It’s quite clever because to address the question I have to buy into the underlying analysis.
— Russell Hogg (@hogster) February 15, 2021
To be honest, my mind simply cannot wrap around these categories in the fashion that the creators of it want me to.
— Sam Hendrickson (@TheOfficialSamH) February 15, 2021
It's not even voodoo. It's just straight poison. No voodoo about it.
— A Twit, apparently, 9 Digit Eric (@9DigitEric) February 15, 2021
I’m just white.
— Darwin's Money (@EverydayFinance) February 15, 2021
I'm 9. White complete Adam West Batman series on blu-ray potential buyer
— Jeremy (from the block) (@JemmehMelluhs) February 15, 2021
This is as legitimate as those "Use the Letters in Your Name to Find What Your Halloween Custom is" surveys
— sirpete (@peterben_mn) February 15, 2021
I fell asleep at the word white in the title
— HiawathaKaplunk (@HiawathaKaplunk) February 15, 2021
Holy cow this is insane. Imagine looking at the world this way?
— null (@salamandertaco) February 15, 2021
I know a few high school teachers that would fall into the white abolitionist category.
— Bill Brasky | Zhe/Zhey (@Billbrasky69720) February 15, 2021
That’s the goal.
This is ridiculous.
— Hayley Podesta (@hayleypod) February 15, 2021
0, for white person-that-thinks-this-is-child-abuse
— Drew McClure (@nondescriptdrm) February 15, 2021
“None of the above”: Unwilling to participate in a Communist “self-criticism” charade. Imagine the audacity of challenging wokeist indoctrination under the “Compelled Speech Doctrine”. Cc @realchrisrufo
— UnfortunateNecessity (@DireNecessity) February 15, 2021
I suspect whatever answer one gives other than complete abasement – it will be entered as white supremacist. That is the default assumption I assume
— FeralQuokka (@FeralQuokka) February 15, 2021
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.
Not even on that scale because it's a fake scale.
— Shakes The Clown (@MichaelAOShea) February 15, 2021
Umm … WUT?! Oregon schools’ rationale for what constitutes white supremacy in ‘math’ classrooms is STUPID on steroids https://t.co/DKArDVCsEH
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 15, 2021