Imagine expecting a group of black Americans to rate the scale of their “blackness,” based on the categorizations of a militant white college professor.
That’s what a New York City principal tried to do, sending white parents documents that asked them to identify their position on a scale of “whiteness” from “white supremacists” to “white abolitionists.”
East Side Community High School Principal Mark Federman sent the documents to parents of students in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, education officials told the New York Post on Feb. 16. The “8 White Identities” scale consists of a meter ranging from red to green, rating white people on a scale of bad they are and how in need of correction.
The scale was developed by Barnor Hesse, an associate professor of African American Studies, Political Science, and Sociology at Northwestern University.
“There is a regime of whiteness, and there are action-oriented white identities,” Hesse wrote above the eight-point list.
White supremacists, perceived to be the worst grouping in the list, believe in a “clearly marked white society that preserves, names, and values white superiority,” according to the graphic.
… And doesn’t everyone know at least one?
The next level is “white voyeurism,” meaning people who “wouldn’t challenge a white supremacist” and are interested in nonwhite culture in a selfish way. Below that is “white privilege,” people who may “critique white supremacy;” below them is “white benefit,” who are sympathetic to non-white issues “but only privately.” The graphic notes that some people of color also fit into the “white benefit” category, but does not elaborate.
A few more levels down are the good “white abolitionists,” which presumably means liberal whites who vote Democrat.
An Education Department official told the Post that the graphics were sent to every parent as “food for thought.”