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 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.

Posted on: Dec 3, 2013, Source: Salon

The party's Rosa Parks fiasco only hints at its problems with civil rights -- here's why it should be afraid.

Posted on: Dec 2, 2013, Source: Salon

The first lady’s critics miss the fact that black women have never been the model for mainstream American womanhood

Posted on: Nov 7, 2013, Source: Salon

Why are Americans more comfortable with black men playing sassy, matronly black female characters in drag than with black women playing black female roles?

Posted on: Oct 31, 2013, Source: Salon

It's don't wear blackface. The end. Now why is that so hard for some people to remember?

Posted on: Oct 3, 2013, Source: Salon

Laws fail to effectively stop violent men or protect us -- that's why we have to stand up for ourselves.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2013, Source: Salon

From Newt's epithets to the gutting of food stamps, Republicans try to unite white people to serve a hideous agenda.

Posted on: Aug 14, 2013, Source: Salon

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

Posted on: Jul 14, 2013, Source: Salon

My rage at the verdict is made all the more sure by those who are “encouraging” Black people not to “riot," as though it's Black people who need to be reminded of the rules.