Stories by Brittney Cooper

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Posted on: May 23, 2015, Source: Salon.com

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.com

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.com

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.

Posted on: May 27, 2014, Source: Salon

Black men are not rolling into college campuses and movie theaters to shoot large numbers of people.

Posted on: May 22, 2014, Source: Salon

Learning is about rethinking our views, which is incompatible with censorship.

Posted on: May 6, 2014, Source: Salon

Leslie Jones' bad joke actually raised the important topic of black women's desirability.

Posted on: Mar 21, 2014, Source: Salon

My best friend at 9 was white — but interracial friendships later became a struggle. Here's why everything changed.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2014, Source: Salon

What (mostly) white men keep getting wrong about public scholarship.

Posted on: Mar 8, 2014, Source: Salon.com

There’s no saving black and brown men without the labor and love of black and brown women. Who’ll lift us?

Posted on: Feb 11, 2014, Source: Salon

We all want recognition as human beings. The problem: Only one group can force its desires on the rest of us.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2014, Source: Salon.com

Everyone knows the best new artist would’ve been Kendrick Lamar – if the Grammy awards weren’t founded on lies.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2014, Source: Salon

What costs white folks a slap on the wrist, or a mildly disapproving look, costs black people our dignity.

Posted on: Jan 2, 2014, Source: Salon

How can we achieve an honest dialogue about race when most people don't have to confront the history of plantations?

Posted on: Dec 25, 2013, Source: Salon

Many people of faith have rushed to denounce "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson's homophobia — but his racism is a different story.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2013, Source: Salon

'I've been taken aback by the sisters who seriously can't stand Beyoncé.'

Posted on: Dec 17, 2013, Source: Salon

We are not always equipped to deal with black women’s burned and bruised places. Bey invites us to show our scars.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2013, Source: Salon

It was fitting where I learned of the former president's death -- and reminded me where I first heard his name.

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