Rutgers University Professor Brittney Cooper is not the sort of person you want your children having as a teacher. That much is clear. Lately, she’s making quite an infamous name for herself because of her Holy Week essay titled “The Right’s Made-Up God: How Bigots Invented a White Supremacist Jesus.”
As with so many on the Left, Cooper is irony impaired and goes about spewing bile about whites, particularly white males, conservative Christians, the Bible and God, all while calling herself a loving Christian.
The fact that she teaches at Rutgers is probably the first clue that her opinions will be, to put it politely, left of center. That her subjects are women’s, gender and Africana studies helps fill in the rest. The fact that her essay appeared in Salon just seals the deal.
Upon being called to task for her anti-everybody essay, Cooper has doubled down on her Twitter feed, reiterating her warped worldview.
You needn’t spend much time reading her ranting, though if you want to, it’s here at Salon.
Her particular outlook can be summed up by one sentence she wrote about how she imagines white people understand God: “He might be ‘biblical’ but he’s also an ***hole.”
Her list of complaints that leads her to that conclusion includes, “This white, blond-haired, blue-eyed, gun-toting, Bible-quoting Jesus of the religious right is a god of their own making. I call this god, the god of white supremacy and patriarchy. There is nothing about their god that speaks to me as a Black woman of working-class background living in a country where police routinely murder black men and beat the hell out of black women, where the rich get richer while politicians find ever more reasons to extract from the poor, and where the lives the church imagines for women still center around marriage and motherhood, and no sex if you’re single.”
It all sounds familiar, the belly-aching of the perpetually outraged feminist/socialist/racial victim. The sad part is there is no way to untangle it, barring years of intense psychotherapy. Cooper is a whirlwind of resentment.
If Cooper, a well-paid professor at a prominent university, is the victim of anything, it’s of the leftist worldview that ultimately has taught her that she is powerless and constantly under attack.
Several times, Cooper says she doesn’t worship “that God,” and it seems to be true. She doesn’t worship the Jesus of the Bible, but some made-up leftist concoction. I would be surprised if anyone who can call Jesus a “potentially queer … feminist healer” has ever cracked open a Bible for more than a few seconds.
The thing is, you get the feeling that if Cooper could ever put her obvious anger aside for a moment, she might actually find the truth, that Jesus was all about equality (“no more male nor female, slave nor free,” etc.), but that he was also about morality that uplifts the human spirit and builds the sort of civilization where men and women really can be free.
If she ever actually talked to conservatives, she would also find that they too are about freedom. Although the current leadership has turned left, it was the Republican Party that fought to free slaves, give women the right to vote and ensure equal protection of the law, while it was the Democratic Party that founded the KKK, fought suffrage and stood in front of the schoolhouse doors.
It’s the pick-and-choose, pseudo-Christian culture of the radical Left that Cooper follows which keeps blacks down, keeps people repressed and dependent.
Jesus — the real, biblical Jesus — frees. We should all pray that Cooper meets him one day.