“A Gross Necropolitical Calculation”: Rutgers Professor Charges Trump and White Conservatives With Using The Virus To Kill Black People

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Brittney Cooper, an associate professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Rutgers University, is doubling down on her prior public comments denouncing Trump supporters and alleging a conspiracy to kill black people.  She notably has invoked her tenure status with the latest tweet attacks: “I have tenure. Rutgers won’t be firing me for tweets.”  As many of you know, I have long taken the same position on the free speech rights of faculty on social media and public comments. However, schools have been less than consistent in punishing or investigating faculty based on the content of their views.  Cooper declaring “F— each and every Trump supporter” obviously would include many students in the university.  She blames “white depravity” and claims “when whiteness has a death wish, we are all in for a serious problem.”  As previously discussed, it is doubtful that these same attacks directed against African-Americans or other groups would be treated in the same fashion.

This week, Cooper tweeted “F— each and every Trump supporter. You absolutely did this. You are to blame” for the pandemic.  She brushed off past criticism and declared “I said what I meant. And I curse cuz I’m grown. I have tenure. Rutgers won’t be firing me for tweets.”

In another post, Cooper claimed Trump supporters’ loyalty to the president impaired their judgment about the outbreak: “They are literally willing to die from this clusterf—ed COVID response rather than admit absolutely anybody other than him [Trump] would have been a better president. And when whiteness has a death wish, we are all in for a serious problem.”  She has previously denounced “white depravity.”

As we have previously discussed (including a story involving an Oregon professor), there remains an uncertain line in what language is protected for teachers in their private lives. The incident also raises what some faculty have complained is a double or at least uncertain standard. We have previously discussed controversies at the University of California and Boston University, where there have been criticism of such a double standard, even in the face of criminal conduct. There were also such an incident at the University of London involving Bahar Mustafa as well as one involving a University of Pennsylvania professor. Some intolerant statements against students are deemed free speech while others are deemed hate speech or the basis for university action. There is a lack of consistency or uniformity in these actions which turn on the specific groups left aggrieved by out-of-school comments.  There is also a tolerance of faculty and students tearing down fliers and stopping the speech of conservatives.  Indeed, even faculty who assaulted pro-life advocates was supported by faculty and lionized for her activism.

Again, I believe Cooper’s speech should be protected but the recognition of such free speech values seems to often exclude faculty and students from opposing political or social perspectives.  The protection of such speech continues to depend on its content in determining if actions will be taken by the university.


210 thoughts on ““A Gross Necropolitical Calculation”: Rutgers Professor Charges Trump and White Conservatives With Using The Virus To Kill Black People”

  1. Well, to start, racism is evolutionary; I’ve never met a single individual of any race that was not on some level a racist. Racism then, expressly expressed, is not, for me, an issue Secondly, the question is not whether Cooper’s speech is protected, but whether her employer has the right to dismiss her for public statements – it’s not a question of speech rights – this after-all IS “America” – but a question of labor rights. Can a university as private employer dismiss an employee for statements or behavior? Well, unless there is state law to the contrary, I would say, absolutely. To suggest otherwise is to mandate that relationship; it is to deny all the ability to terminate both personal and business relationships; it is to deny freedom itself, which I’m guessing, is probably “unconstitutional.”

    1. betuadollar – how do you identify and prove that all people are racist?

      1. I have found that if they are Progressive and keep explaining they are not racist while deploring racism everywhere else–they are racist.

        1. Never mind the male assertion, I often wonder if that much idiocy could ever be present in a single being: I wonder if Seth is real. I’m working on a theory whereby Seth is actually some mindless chat bot.

          The mindless part, I;m sure of. It’s the chat bot portion that needs a little more empirical proof.

        2. Thanks, Young, you just confirmed your Crazed Idiot (as though I really needed confirmation).

    2. I agreee that ethnocentrism is an evolved social response. See the work of Professor Kevin MacDonald of Cal State u Long beach. I think he’s retired now. He wrote a lot about this. Caught hell over it, too.

      1. You will find that Progressives believe in evolution only up to the point where it comes to people. Then it is hands off and “How dare you say that you, you racist!”

        Of course we have evolved behaviors.

  2. Darren, clean up on Rutgers Aisle!

    JT’s white racist contingent – most of his followers – is running amuck and embarrassing the professor again.

    1. Book, can you believe a prominent academic serves up this red meat?
      No wonder Jennifer Rubin got the wrong impression!

  3. The article is long. The professor is goofy and perhaps mentally deranged. Rutgers has gone to hell in a handbasket. If your kid goes there think about some other place like a mental hospital.

    1. I thought I saw Seth in that video. She’s gained weight.

      Thanks Squeeky!

  4. JT: If she had made those comments as a private citizen, I think it would be a free speech matter. But the 1st amendment says CONGRESS shall pass no law……. Rutgers isn’t mentioned. And since she held herself out as a professor at Rutgers University I think the school could take some disciplinary action if they thought that her comments tarnished the reputation of Rutgers University. They could — they should — but they won’t.

    1. If I as a lawyer can lose my license over “off the job” “private speech’ which some people think may be racist– and I content that in many states that is exactly what is possible under RPC 8.4– then I say let all the university professors abide by the same restrictions of the vaunted “free speech” that I have as a lawyer.

      and so fire her

      1. I was not aware that RPC 8.4 could be stretched to include comments separate from one’s role as a member of the court unless it is leveraged through (g).

        Should be able to say whatever you want, even if it is wrong or stupid, in a private capacity without having it redound against your professional role.

        By the way, do you recall the federal district court judge who attacked the integrity of the conservatives on Courts of Appeal and the Court a few weeks ago? That type of thing seems to fall well within the judicial equivalent of 8.4 and, since he is also a lawyer, 8.4 itself. Yet nothing came of it.

  5. Sooo, for anyone wondering what “crunk” is, Merriam-Webster defines it as ” a style of Southern rap music featuring repetitive chants and rapid dance rhythms.” How apropos she uses that as her twitter handle. I think Cooper should change her name to her Twitter handle! Anyway, the ho deserves an Irish Poem!

    Repetitive Chance???
    An Irish Poem by Squeeky Fromm

    There was a professor named Crunk!
    And the crap that she tweeted was BUNK!
    She’d throw a big fit,
    Then tweet racist sh–,
    But she’s still employed! Whodathunk*???

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    *Slang for “Who would have thought.”

    1. Oh, and in case anybody thinks I was picking low-hanging fruit with the Crunk name, I will do one with her real name, too! Because look at her. Overweight, and that God-awful mess on her head??? I bet she never has a date and is miserable. Anyway, she reminds me of Trigglypuff, only black, which, you can probably fill in the blank:

      An Irish Poem by Squeeky Fromm

      There was a professor named Cooper,
      Who spent her whole life in a stupor!
      She blamed race and men,
      For the shape she was in –
      A really depressed party-pooper!

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      For those unfamiliar with Trigglypuff, see her here, doing her thing, for a minute and a half:

    2. Squeeky – love the poem, however I do not think you need to explain it to us. 😉

      1. Thank you PaulCS!!! I am glad you liked it. But some people here are pretty staid, lawyerly types, and they don’t get out much. Sooo, I have to explain things to them because maybe if I don’t stuff will fly right over their heads.

        Oh plus, I am reading this really cool book called Eichmann Interrogated. And, did you know H.L. Mencken wrote the first book in America about Friedrice Nietzsche??? Also, did you see that link to Jack London’s (who isn’t from England, and why does everybody think he is???) short novel called The Scarlett Plague???


        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        1. Squeeky – I did a writer’s tour of California many years ago and went to Jack London’s home, which is ruins now.

          1. I bet that was interesting. Oh, I have bought some more interesting books. They are Punch, and they are from the 1840s. Really interesting. I love being shut in! I am catching up on things!

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

  6. Fortunately there are no right wing extremists saying really stupid things and JT has focused his withering intellect on this major threat to the country. I sleep better at night knowing he’s standing guard and await the next update on Hillary and that sex maniac Biden. We must protect all the decent white women who voted for Trump.

    1. She’s a tenured professor at a higher institution of learning.

      She’s not just some garden-variety “extremist”.

      Scary to think that her brand of hatred is being taught on college campuses.

      1. Tenured Professor = Garden Vatiety Extremist.

        Academia is collapsing in ruins

    2. Amen! You dang Liberals have sent biological males into women’s locker rooms, bathrooms, and are trying to disarm us while gangs of roving black savages terrorize the cities. Black women are cutting off our hair and weaving it into their heads. You guys have even sicced queers into the makeup business! Dang right us White Women need protection!

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      1. Sqeeky – Funny thing that a lot of anti-gun liberals in California are suddrnly rushing to gun stores to arm up.

        After pushing ‘prison reform’ and getting the police to back off they have awakened to the horrible realization that they are on their own in a state flooded with hardened criminals..

        They are safe from paddle boarders alone in the ocean. The police will still arrest them. That must surely be comforting. If only thugs and rapists would go paddle board–or drink from plastic straws.

  7. “Not only do white conservatives not care about Black life but my most cynical negative read of the white supremacists among them is that they welcome this mass winnowing of Black folks in order to slow demographic shifts and shore up political power.”

    Just going out on a limb here and predicting professor crunk is a huge fan of Planned Parenthood’s disproportionate killing of black babies.

    1. OLLY – 1) we know the ChiCom virus death numbers are skewed because Dr. Brix told us that in any case of co-morbidity, ChiCom virus would be selected as the cause of death. Hospitals are getting paid more, besides.
      2) We know that a significant percentage of the black population is over-weight, which puts them at risk for the ChiCom virus.
      3) Of all the degrees on campus, Women’s Studies is the weakest and least valued in the outside world.

      1. After we return from quarantine, most universities are going to rename their liberal arts degrees (and especially somethingsomething-studies) as: Bachelor of Arts in Non-Essential Employment.

        1. The students would do better to enroll in McDonald’s University. Skip the over-priced middleman.

    2. Olly — She does not seem particularly upset with the Black on Black genocide in Chicago either. Maybe it’s another one of those “black thangs” I just need to accept as part of their culture because all cultures are equal as Rwanda has shown.

      1. Of course not, Young. We have a significant percentage of our population that reject the moral absolutes that would foster such a reasonable and rational observation. And Crunk is in a position to infect future generations with that pathology.

  8. Lets admit it: blacks are America’s children and we tolerate speech and behavior from them that would not be acceptable from an adult of any other racial or ethnic group. Whether it’s trashing a McDonald’s restaurant because her order was too slow, or spewing racist hate speech on Twitter, this ghettopotamus is not expected to conform to the standards of civil society.

    1. Amen! Tommy Sotomayor says blacks, and black women in particular, are America’s snack-pack throwers, that is the little kids in school who ride the short yellow bus and have mental issues and throw their lunches around.

      But Crunk will get by with this not because she has tenure, but because she is black – a Woman of Color, no less.

      If she is right, though, Detroit, Baltimore, South Chicago, and inner city areas throughout the nation will soon be livable again. But I am betting she is wrong.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      1. It’s funny that Tommy has an enormous army of black supporters for saying things that a white person could never say.

        1. That’s because there are a lot of decent black people out there, but they keep pretty quiet. And even the bad blacks know he is telling the truth about them.

          Squeeky Fromm
          Girl Reporter

    2. Well Tin maybe we spoil our other children, and them too

      restore order, restore peace

  9. The Democrat Party…the party Of “Tolerance And Diversity”.

  10. Sadly, she just represents the disgusting hatred of the Left. She has been brainwashed to repeat meaningless memes and to foment hatred. What’s scary is that parents are paying to let Rutgers and her do the same.

  11. She represents the Liberals/Social Justice equality vs hiring people based on their qualifications What she says is stuff you hear out of Corrupt Maxine Waters, Shelia Jackson Brown and Jessie Jackson and Rev.Wright and etc. Unfortunately she believes what she says.

    Society has gone to far hiring and quoting such people, makes no difference what race she is.

  12. Her mindset is not unusual among the left, she is not an exception.

    This is exactly how they think.

  13. When will someone admit that the failed anthropological experiment called “The Great Society” has done lasting and lethal harm to this nation.

  14. I think it is free speech from an AA hire. We would not expect more or less.

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