Brittney Cooper — sorry, that’s Dr. Brittney Cooper — certainly takes the cake for the nation’s worst tenured radical (at least for this week, until the next academic nutjob erupts).
Armed with a Bachelor of Arts in English and political science from Howard University and a doctorate in American Studies from Emory University, the Rutgers women’s studies and Africana studies professor sure can holler. Cooper made headlines this week after her unrepentant hatred of white people went viral. Among the many dispassionate scholarly observations she shared with attendees of an online critical race theory conference were these:
— “I think that white people are committed to being villains in the aggregate.”
— “Their thinking is so murky and spiritually bankrupt.”
— “The thing I want to say to you is we got to take these motherf—-ers out.”
— “White people’s birth rates are going down … because they literally cannot afford to put their children, newer generations, into the middle class … It’s super perverse, and also they kind of deserve it.”
The Root Institute (a confab created to “advance the agenda of Black Americans” by editors of The Root online magazine, whose motto is “The Blacker the Content The Sweeter the Truth”) hyped the rant session as a “healthy dose of reality.” The “institute” effusively praised Cooper’s “masterful and unabashed ability to speak truth to power.” It’s amusing, of course, that she’s allowed to breathe any word about the Great Replacement, let alone gloat about the demographic decline — while left-wing character assassins at the Anti-Defamation League and Georgetown University Bridge Initiative accuse me of “normalizing white supremacy” or trafficking in “conspiracy theories” for decrying the very same phenomenon.
But that is how the social justice cookie crumbles.
In the interest of bending over backward to be fair, let’s pretend Cooper was just having a bad day or was caught off guard. Perhaps her true academic self is hidden in on-camera interviews and can be found in her published work. Her most recent book, “Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower,” was named a “Best Book of 2018” by the New York Public Library and hailed by, um, noted public intellectual Joy Reid of MSNBC as “a dissertation on black women’s pain and possibility.”
“Dissertation,” whoa! Must be some deep-thinking, highbrow research there. I rushed to read the opening lines of Cooper’s “Eloquent Rage” and found … yet more profane spouting and spewing:
“This is a book by a grown-a— woman written for other grown-a— women. This is a book for women who expect to be taken seriously and for men who take grown women seriously. This is a book for women who know s—- is f—-ed up. … What I have is anger. Rage, actually. … Owning anger is a dangerous thing if you’re a fat Black girl like me.”
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