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Rutgers University prof: Reopening the country is about killing black people

Rutgers University’s Brittney Cooper is back, this time offering her thoughts on the desire of many Americans to reopen the country as the coronavirus curve flattens out.

In a Tuesday Twitter rant, the women’s and gender studies professor wrote “I feel like most Black people are clear that this utterly absurd to [sic] push to re-open the country is all about a gross necropolitical calculation that it is Black people who are dying disproportionately from COVID.”

Isn’t it really cool how she used a neat critical theory term like “necropolitical”? (It means “the use of social and political power to control people’s lives” — see Cameroonian philosopher Achille Mbembe). Even 1619 Project founder Nikole Hannah-Jones was unaware of the term.

Cooper goes on to allege white conservatives don’t care about the lives of blacks, and that the “white supremacists among them” indeed want a “massive winnowing of Black folks” in order to “slow demographic shifts” and shore up political power.

College Fix readers may recall perhaps the best example of Cooper’s genius: that the concept of time itself is racist:

“[Blacks] treat time as though it is timeless, as though it has always been this way, as though it doesn’t have a political history bound up with the plunder of indigenous lands, the genocide of indigenous people and the stealing of Africans from their homeland.”

According to her faculty page, Cooper received her PhD in American Studies from Emory University. Her research interests include “Black Women’s Intellectual History, Black Feminist Thought, Hip Hop Feminisms, [and] Hip Hop Studies.”

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