Stories by Brittney Cooper

Brittney Cooper is a contributing writer at Salon. Follow her on Twitter at@professorcrunk. subscribe to Brittney Cooper's feed

Posted on: Oct 8, 2015, Source: Salon

America celebrates the Kardashians' female-centered family -- but pathologizes Black matriarchs.

Posted on: Sep 17, 2015, Source: Salon

In a recent episode of the HBO show, Damon took an ignorant and disappointing stand for white privilege.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2015, Source: Salon

The temptation to lock onto the story of Kim Davis risks ignoring the manipulative figures behind the scenes.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2015, Source: Salon

Black Lives Matter has been demonized following the unrelated murder of a police officer. Here's why.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2015, Source: Salon

The Napa Valley Wine Train left a 10-woman book club on the side of the train tracks... and for what?

Posted on: Aug 20, 2015, Source: Salon

While Democratic candidates have made important strides, it will be for naught as long as Black lives matter less.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2015, Source: Salon

A year after Michael Brown died, Americans are starting to forget what happened. But we must never forget.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2015, Source: Salon

The forces animating the Donald's soaring popularity are omnipresent: the deep-seated anxieties of white America.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2015, Source: Salon

No one should end up dead after a routine police stop, but Sandra Bland did. This country has much to answer for.

Posted on: Jul 15, 2015, Source: Salon

For two decades, Williams has dominated an overwhelmingly white sport, a powerful statement on black womanhood.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2015, Source: Salon

Cosby was ashamed of Black America for years. Now Black America is ashamed of Cosby. And it feels like a tragedy.

Posted on: Jul 1, 2015, Source: Salon

Many have second-guessed the latest campaign against Confederate imagery. These critics miss the point.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2015, Source: Salon

Many have been quick to dismiss or make excuses for the shocking video out of Texas. Here's the truth of the matter.

Posted on: May 27, 2015, Source: Salon

Black freedom & opportunity in America has always required the very federal intervention the right wants to destroy.

Posted on: May 23, 2015, Source: Salon

The response to the Twin Peaks shootout shows how privilege really works.

Posted on: Apr 22, 2015, Source: Salon

We're now legislating away poor people's right to be happy.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2015, Source: Salon

What do police violence in Oklahoma and NYC have in common? An infusion of private cash and a culture of death.

Posted on: Apr 12, 2015, Source: Salon

How many rotten apples do we need before we start chopping down the apple tree?

Posted on: Apr 8, 2015, Source: Salon

Our educational system already stacks the deck against black children. Now we're throwing their teachers in jail.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2015, Source: Salon

We need to reclaim the narrative of Jesus’ life and death from the evangelical right.

Posted on: Mar 25, 2015, Source: Salon

13-year-old baseball wunderkind Mo'ne Davis was recently called a 'slut' by a college player.

Posted on: Mar 18, 2015, Source: Salon

"Respectability politics” rears its ugly head — again

Posted on: Mar 4, 2015, Source: Salon

White people have a far more negative view of the term 'black' than they do of the term 'African American.'

Posted on: Feb 27, 2015, Source: Salon

Black America’s hidden tax is why this feminist of color is going on strike.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2015, Source: Salon

The NY Times columnist is the latest critic of "Selma" for its depiction of LBJ. Here's why a new racial lens is needed.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2015, Source: Salon

Celebrities have condemned the Charlie Hebdo attacks, but few have spoken about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2015, Source: Salon

The Fox & Friends host recently said that talking about white privilege is 'openly bigoted, openly racist.'

Posted on: Dec 3, 2014, Source: Salon

There is a real disconnect between what white people know and what black people know in this country.

Posted on: Nov 25, 2014, Source: Salon

I woke up in black skin today -- and felt its scourge. After Ferguson, here's what "rule of law" means to me now.

Posted on: Oct 29, 2014, Source: Salon

He asked us to invest in the lie of his own life, and the lie of "respectability." We can't laugh with him anymore.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2014, Source: Salon

How does it feel to be white? Does it feel like freedom? Freedom to piss on people and property with impunity? Freedom to burn shit up and live to tell about it?

Posted on: Oct 22, 2014, Source: Salon

As the Keene State protests showed, some people feel the freedom to (literally) piss on people. Guess who they are.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2014, Source: Salon

As a kid, I thought I'd be married with three kids by now. But now I see "family" as something totally different.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2014, Source: Salon

Wringing our hands over the "end of marriage" won't help anything.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2014, Source: Salon

Black parenting is often too authoritative. White parenting is often too permissive. Both need to change.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2014, Source: Salon

Al Sharpton's recent remarks at Michael Brown's funeral revealed the limitations of his moral and political vision.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2014, Source: Salon

The Rev. displayed his limitations in the pulpit at Mike Brown's funeral.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2014, Source: Salon

As a white female rapper mistakes appropriation for artistry, black women remain pushed to the sidelines.

Posted on: Jul 6, 2014, Source: Salon

The film the Obamas saw on their first date challenged America's narrative of progress. It also saw into the future.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2014, Source: Salon

Initiatives to address needs of LGBTQ people, black men and others are great. But one group keeps getting forgotten.