Dr. Brittney Cooper is an associate professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Rutgers University. Here are a series of tweets she sent outlast week:
We have Mike LaChance at Legal Insurrection to thank for the tweets; he took screen shots of them all (and a couple more), just in case they were taken down. He needn’t have worried; this woman is obviously full of herself, empowered by what she sees as immunity from any consequences of her rhetoric and open bigotry, and doesn’t care that she is embarrassing her employer and any Rutgers student, administrator, faculty member and alumnus who isn’t, like her, so poisoned with uncontrollable hate and anger that they are no longer able to function as a positive force in a pluralistic society.
She’s right: they won’t fire her. An equivalent flood of race-based bile by a white male professor about President Barack Obama and his supporters would have had such a professor, tenured or not, run off campus. It’s so boring making that obligatory comparison, but it is no less accurate. But Rutgers won’t fire her, though it should have its collective heads examined for allowing such an divisive and arrogant individual to lower the quality of its faculty and mal-educate its students. Rutgers breached its duties to its charges by employing someone like Cooper, who could be the poster child for “Bias makes you stupid.” She really thinks that the essential effort to start sending the country back to work and allowing something closer to a normal existence would be motivated by a desire to see African-Americans die. This is a delusion that can’t be justified by any set of facts or analysis, only by blind, unreasoning, crippling hatred. Cooper can no longer process facts, if she ever could. She now substitutes racial bias for logic, while claiming to decry racism.
On one level, I feel sorry for Rutgers, and, of course, much sorrier for any young minds that come within her putrid influence thanks to the school’s ineptitude and negligence. On another level, Rutgers deserves to be humiliated by this arrogant fool. Let the university live with the consequences of its atrocious judgment, which should include no one at all being so foolish as to pay nearly $ 49,000 for four years (for an out-of-state student) at an institution that would entrust the minds of our young to a woman like Brittney Cooper.
[Cooper was on the Ethics Alarm radar screen in 2018, when actress America Ferrera praised a passage from Cooper’s book. I wrote, “Cooper is essentially saying that only her tribes—women, race, nation of origin—are worth her time or care. This is an unethical point of view that feeds division, distrust and hate. Caring is a core ethical value that includes sympathy, empathy and beneficence. “I only care about people like me” is a selfish, ugly sentiment, and Ferrera is extolling it. Until people like Ferrera and Cooper stop proclaiming sentiments that would be properly regarded as racist or sexist with a change of color or gender, the nation’s society will continue to be roiled by division.”]