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Rutgers Prof: White People Are “The Face Of The Oppressor”

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Professor Brittney Cooper

After making headlines earlier in the year for her rant about “A**hole God” and “White Supremacist Jesus”, Rutgers Professor Brittney Cooper is back at it again, with another op-ed on Salon. This time, she rants about the Sandra Bland tragedy, and how all white people are the “face of the oppressor”. [1] This piece comes after Sandra Bland, an African-American women, was found dead in her cell following a dramatic arrest in Texas earlier this week. Police have labeled the death a suicide, and are pointing to new evidence that would support this claim. Bland’s family is disputing this claim, and have ordered their own autopsy to follow up the one performed by the state. [2]  Cooper was very clear in her condemnation of the arresting officer despite the fact that investigations have hardly even begun. In her mind, he is guilty of a much worse crime than abuse of power during a traffic stop. He is guilty of the standard crime committed by all white males– supremacy:

Nothing about this officer’s actions were legal. It is the evidence of Sandra Bland’s irritation that caused this officer to escalate. He firmly expected to be able to harass a citizen going about her business and have her be okay with it. He expected that she wouldn’t question him. He wanted her submission. Her deference. Her fear. [5]

White power. Black submission. It’s the oldest trick in the white supremacist handbook. The officer might think he wanted Sandra Bland’s respect. But what he really wanted was her fear. And the fact is: He is entitled to neither. She did not owe him either her respect or her fear. When his white maleness and his badge didn’t elicit the first, he used the power of that badge to compel the second. [5]

Not only is her mind made up on the Bland case, her mind is made up on police and white people in general– That they’re narcissistic, dangerous bullies:

Black people, of every station, live everyday just one police encounter from the grave. Looking back over my encounters with police, it’s truly a wonder that I’m still in the land of the living.  Am I supposed to be grateful for that? Are we supposed to be grateful each and every time the police don’t kill us?

There is a way that white people in particular treat Black people, as though we should be grateful to them— grateful for jobs in their institutions, grateful to live in their neighborhoods, grateful that they aren’t as racist as their parents and grandparents, grateful that they pay us any attention, grateful that they acknowledge our humanity (on the rare occasions when they do), grateful that they don’t use their formidable power to take our lives. [5]

When we refuse gratitude, they enact every violence— they take our jobs, our homes, refuse us respect, and kill us. And then they demand that we be gracious in the face of it.  Black gratitude is the prerequisite for white folks to treat us like human beings. But in my faith tradition, we define grace as “unmerited favor,” as undeserved, unearned. And it is God’s grace toward us that compels our gratitude toward God. Not so in a culture of white Supremacy. In a culture of White Supremacy, White people get to be God without grace. Black people must give all the grace and act grateful for opportunities to do so. If we stumble on the wrong day with the wrong white person, we pay for it with our lives. [5]

She ends her racist tirade with a suggestion on how white people should feel about their alleged evil — An evil that cannot be overcome because it is inherited by birth — The transgression of their race. [2]

White people resist seeing themselves in the face of the oppressor. That mirror reflection is almost too much to bear. I get it. So then they resent the person that holds up the mirror. But let me just say as directly as I can: White people must begin to see themselves in the faces of the mostly white police officers who keep committing these atrocities against Black and Brown people. This will not stop until you recognize that you are them. These officers are your brothers and sisters and aunts and cousins, and sons and daughters and nieces and nephews, and friends, and church members. You are them. And they are you. [5]

It’s a hard truth. It’s a truth that will infuriate each and every white person that floats through life on the cloud of individuality, fooling themselves into thinking that the assumptions, presumptions and privileges of growing up white in a white supremacist society somehow missed them, while touching an alarmingly large number of people who look just like them. [5]

Dr. Cooper has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Emory University and is an assistant professor of “Women And Gender Studies” and “Africana Studies” at Rutgers University. This Rutger’s professor is basically telling whites, ‘y’all look alike to me.’ What racist blather. And she hates men – it’s a twofer. Make that a threefer – she’s hates police too. Brittney Cooper is just chock full of hate – facts be damned.  [4] Throughout this anti-white tirade from a Big Ten professor, Cooper never once suggests that other races or creeds should look in mirror for comparable actions. That would go against the creed of liberalism. [2] Only whites, mind you… If you are Hispanic or a Muslim, you get a pass. But white people? Well, they are devils. [4] The Muslim community need not answer for the killings of 5 service members in Chattanooga, or the Tsarnaev’s Boston bombing. But the white community must answer for crimes committed by terrorists like Dylan Roof, or the alleged misconduct of a white police officer. [2] According to the likes of Cooper, if you are black and step out of line, white cops should give you special treatment – a unique deference. That is social justice thinking – Liberal logic. It’s pervasive in the Marxist media and in Liberal academia.  [4] This type of one-sided logic is simply standard procedure for liberals like Cooper, and liberal organizations like Salon. [2]

[1] Michael Strickland, Rutgers Professor: White People Are “The Face Of The Oppressor”, Progressives Today, July 24, 2015
[3] Michael Strickland, Rutgers Professor: White People Are “The Face Of The Oppressor”, The Gateway Pundit, Jul 24th, 2015 8:24 am
[4] Terresa Monroe-Hamilton, Rutgers Professor Proclaims: All White People Are The Face Of The Oppressor”, Right Wing News, 26 Jul, 2015
[5] Brittney Cooper, I could have been Sandra Bland: Black America’s terrifying truth, Salon, Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 11:59 AM
[6] Megyn Kelly, Rutgers Professor: White People Are “The Face Of The Oppressor”, MegynKelly.org, July 24, 2015
[8] Rutgers Professor: White People AreThe Face Of The Oppressor”, The News Commenter, 07-24-15 09:41:04am EST


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