Rutgers University professor Brittney Cooper’s thinking is so fundamentally flawed in her latest Salon piece on feminism, I don’t know where to start.
The women’s studies instructor says she wants to help her black sisters who end up in low-paying home health care jobs to have a better life–so what are her remedies?
The government should provide free healthcare, free abortions, and free mental health services that can undo centuries of “racist, sexist, sexual and emotional trauma.”
Cooper doesn’t appear to think that promiscuity has anything to do with sexist, sexual and emotional trauma. Taking responsibility for one’s actions doesn’t figure into her argument. Thus, there is no personal sin, just the sins of the white feminist collective.
Abortions can take care of any pregnancies stemming from sexual indulgence. And white men and white feminists cause black people’s problems.
So move over, white, privileged, college educated feminists, it’s time for fellow-traveling privileged, wealthy black females to get a piece of that feminism pie. Cooper uses Beyonce as an example of what she’s looking for.
But Beyoncé’s feminism, like all of ours, is evolving, offering her a language to understand what it means to be a black woman in this moment in history with the level of power, capital and sex appeal that she possesses.
What else besides Beyonce does black feminism look like, according to “Crunktastic” Cooper?
I think to myself, “The future of feminism can not be left to the hands of white women…white privilege allows most white women not to have to do this kind of work, not to have to cultivate this kind of empathy for women who are not white.”
Black women’s feminisms demand justice. There is a difference. One kind of feminism focuses on the policies that will help women integrate fully into the existing American system. The other recognizes the fundamental flaws in the system and seeks its complete and total transformation.
There you have it folks. Cooper’s vision. Black feminism involves the “total transformation” of the “existing American system.” Try extricating Marxian theory from feminism—it just can’t be done.
It’s not the fact that black women undergo 70% of publicly funded abortions and are essentially killing future feminists. It’s not that generational welfare from the 1960’s to the present day has left boys and girls all growing up with the same provider, Uncle Sam.
Nor is it the fact that many have never met or had a relationship with their real father. It’s not the reality that Cooper lives the American Dream while promulgating class and race warfare in ghetto neighborhoods.
Brittney’s problem is with free market capitalism.
But Cooper makes a nice salary, average pay for an assistant professor at Rutgers is $100,000, writes for several online sites and magazines, has penned her first book and flies around the country to hotspots like Ferguson, Missouri “dialoguing” with the oppressed.
As a black intellectual, Cooper might want to study the oppressed in a State-controlled economy like Cuba, Venezuela or China for example. Try shoring up your bank account in those countries while spouting anti-government diatribes. Now that would be worth writing about.
As for her family members in low-wage jobs, why not let them sit in on her classes and learn how to organize “like the 60’s?” Cut them in on some of the action, Brittney. Soon they could be professors of Gender and Women’s Studies or better yet millionaires like Beyonce.
Why does the government have to step in, “ameliorate changes facing the black community,” and help out your relatives?
Johnson’s War on Poverty and civil rights grifters have already tried that. 72% of African-American births in 2014 are out-of-wedlock and black-on-black crime is epidemic, decimating the black family.
Arguing that white privilege and the unbearable “whiteness of feminism” is somehow responsible for the sorry state of affairs in the black community won’t change a turnip into an apple. Government programs have done nothing but kill members of your own race and sex, Brittney, so you want more to die?
Cooper’s inanity makes me wonder, which is worse? A white academic feminist or a black feminist academic?
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