Rutgers professor calls white people ‘villains’



A professor at New Jersey’s Rutgers University said that she believes that white people are historically “committed to being villains” — and that her unfiltered solution to addressing white supremacy would be to “take them out.”

Brittney Cooper, a professor of women’s and gender studies and Africana studies, addressed the history of colonialism during a discussion last month about critical race theory with the Root Institute.

“I think that white people are committed to being villains in the aggregate,” Cooper said during the online conference.

She said that white people don’t trust society to redistribute power to diverse groups of people “because they are so corrupt.”

“You know, their thinking is so murky and spiritually bankrupt about power that they… they fear this really existentially letting go of power because they cannot imagine another way to be,” she said.

Cooper said that there’s no “sufficient” solution to addressing white supremacy.

Brittney Cooper
Brittney Cooper said white people’s thinking is “spiritually bankrupt about power.”
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“The thing I want to say to you is we got to take these motherf–kers out,” she said, though she quickly added that she “doesn’t believe in a project of violence.”

“I truly don’t because I think in the end that our souls suffer from that and I do think that some of this is a spiritual condition,” Cooper said.

Speaking about white supremacy, Cooper also added that she “fundamentally believes that things that have a beginning have an ending.”

Brittney Cooper is a professor of women’s and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutgers.
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“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 said.

She argued that white people are already “losing”, noting the rising cost of living and that demographics are shifting.

“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,” she said.

She said that only future generations may see an end to the so-called culture war.

“‘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.


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