A professor at Rutgers University believes that white people are “committed” to being criminals and need to be taken out.
Brittney Cooper is a professor who teaches women’s and gender studies, as well as Africana studies at Rutgers University. She is also a co-founder for Crunk Feminist Collective. While addressing the history of colonialism last month, she made claims about white people as a whole, which have not been well received.
The discussion’s topic was Critical Race Theory during a conference in September called The Root Institute. She was chosen to be the speaker because she is a “five-time Root 100 alum, American author, activist and cultural critic whose areas of research and work are distinguished by her masterful and unabashed ability to speak truth to power.”
The Root introduced the video saying, “During this deep dive into what CRT really represents, Cooper notes that, contrary to what history-challenged white supremacists would have us believe, children are quite capable of understanding the concepts behind [Critical Race] theory”.
During the talk, she made some harsh claims that some feel are bold and courageous and others feel are inappropriate and derogatory. “I think that white people are committed to being villains in the aggregate,” adding that they “don’t trust society to redistribute power to diverse groups of people “because they are so corrupt,’” (New York Post).
She believes that there isn’t a “sufficient” fix white supremacy. Instead, she suggested that “we got to take these motherf–kers out,” before quickly adding that she “doesn’t believe in a project of violence.” However she “fundamentally believes that things that have a beginning have an ending,” referring to white supremacy. “All things that begin in white folks are not infinite and eternal, right? They ain’t gonna go on for infinity and infinity. And that’s super important to remember,” she claimed.
She believes white people are “losing”, citing increased cost of living and changing demographics. “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,” Cooper said. But she believes future generations would be able to see an end to this “culture war” and feels Critical Race Theory will help. She said that “Kids actually can grasp critical race theory because the issue that the right has, is that critical race theory is just the proper teaching of American history,” she said.
Cooper is currently on sabbatical from Rutgers but she is not new to being in headlines and facing mixed attention from making controversial political and social statements (RT). She was particularly angry towards former President Donald Trump and his supporters, at one point tweeting: “F**k each and every Trump supporter. You absolutely did this. You are to blame.”
She didn’t seem to mind the negative attention at the time and boasted that she wouldn’t be canceled as she had attained tenured status at Rutgers. “I said what I meant. And I curse cuz I’m grown. I have tenure. Rutgers won’t be firing me for tweets,” she tweeted. On some level, she may have her concerns, as her Twitter is “protected” so that only followers she has approved may respond to her tweets.
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