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After last week’s episode of Shake the Dust, I got a question from a listener about why White people need to leave whiteness but others don’t need to “leave” their race. I think it’s helpful for all of us to understand, remember, and from time to time reflect on the profoundly unjust reality that the races we’ve all been assigned and the associated hierarchies are completely made up. They are fabrications of the people who declared themselves White in order to maintain dominance over everyone else. So White people need to renounce whiteness, and we need to uplift and affirm everyone else. This article by Professor Nell Irvin Painter, a leading expert on how whiteness came to be, gives us a taste of the complicated history. Whiteness is a Enlightenment creation about which there is nothing enlightened. Let’s be clear: White people will be in Heaven, but whiteness will die with the Devil.