A school principal in New York reportedly sent out a rather racist list of “white identities” to parents, in hopes that they would convert themselves from white supremacists to white abolitionists.
The East Side Community High School in Manhattan’s East Village has seemingly endorsed the “information,” which was allegedly distributed by Principal Mark Federman to white parents of sixth- through 12th-graders and marketed as a “tool for action.”
The information was created 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. 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,” the curriculum graphic reads.
The graphic was leaked by race education watchdog Christopher Rufo, who released a copy to Twitter.
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."— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) February 15, 2021
This is the new language of public education. pic.twitter.com/0XA3xUpcuT
“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,’ he wrote. “This is the new language of public education.”
Other entities, such as the critical race theory-pushing Slow Factory Foundation, have capitalized off of the curriculum graphic in question.
SSF’s mission statement, according to their own promotional material, pushes for “equity-centered education.”
In 2007, Federman was arrested for Obstruction of Governmental Administration in the Second Degree when he allegedly blocked the main entrance of the school to keep an officer from arresting a student.
The charges were later dismissed.
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