New York City School Asks Parents to Rank Their ‘Whiteness’

New York City School Asks Parents to Rank Their ‘Whiteness’


The principal of a public school in New York City has sent out literature that asked parents to “reflect” on their “whiteness” with a ranked list of “White Identities,” the New York Post confirmed Tuesday.

Parents whose children attend the East Side Community School reportedly viewed a ranked list of “The 8 White Identities,” ranging from “White Supremacist” to “White Abolitionist.”

Authored by Barnor Hesse, an associate professor of African American Studies at Northwestern University, the ranked list is introduced with the following statement:

There is a regime of whiteness, and there are action-oriented white identities. People who identify with whiteness are one of these. It’s about time we build an ethnography of whiteness, since white people have been the ones writing about and governing Others.

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Hesse’s eight identities are:

White Supremacist White Voyeurism White Privilege White Benefit White Confessional White Critical White Traitor White Abolitionist

The “white supremacist”

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