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Brittney Cooper was accused of racism and intolerance in 2015 when she posted online that Christian conservatives invented a “white supremacist Jesus.” In a column for Salon, Cooper referred to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act as “religious freedom garbage,” arguing that conservative Christians are hostile towards “every single group of people who are not white, male, Christian, cisgender, straight and middle-class.”[1] She argued that this type of legislation was passed with the single purpose of giving “white people the authority to police and terrorize people of color, queer people and poor women.” She claimed the God being worshiped by such people is “an asshole,” and encouraged the public to declare “death to the unholy trinity of white supremacist, capitalist, hetero patriarchy.”[2]

In June 2016, Cooper argued that white racism is to blame for the UK leaving the EU, tweeting that “the only thing I know that makes white folks vote against their own economic interests is racism. #Brexit.” Following that post, Cooper subsequently tweeted “white nationalism gone be the death of us all. #Brexit.”[3]

Cooper has also been outspoken about public issues that white people are involved in or comment on. She, for example, reduced a column on the film Selma discussing the portrayal of President Lyndon Johnson as “white racial anxiety of not being at the center of attention.” She also argued, following months of media coverage over the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner by police officers, that when the Charlie Hebdo shootings took place, solidarity with it “among white American liberals is nothing short of disingenuous. It represents an attempt to displace black people from the center of a political moment that has been about state-sanctioned terror against black people.”[4]

[1] Morrongiello, G. (Apr. 7, 2015). Christian conservatives worship a*****e God and ‘white supremacist Jesus’. Campus Reform. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6423

[2] Ibid.

[3] Rierson, W. (June 27, 2016). Prof claims Brexit motivated by racism. Campus Reform. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=7760

[4] Luciano, M. (Feb. 25, 2015). Salon’s Brittney Cooper Has Lost Her Mind. The Daily Banter. Retrieved from https://thedailybanter.com/2015/02/salons-brittney-cooper-proves-dont-white-racist/

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