Once again we bring forth the wonderful, wacky and absurd world of academia, which seems to have a plethora of delusional, disoriented and dysfunctional educators within their midst.
This time it’s Associate Professor Brittney Cooper from prestigious Rutgers University who claims that obese “black woman” is the fault of President Trump’s policies.
The portly professor teaches “women’s and gender studies” claims racism and the President’s policies contribute to black women becoming fat, plump, chubby, rotund and paunchy.
However some less intelligent individuals might argue that what obese woman regardless of their skin pigmentation put into their mouths may actually contribute to their waistlines expanding, especially if there sitting in a classroom all day without exercising, somewhere on campus at Rutgers University.
Of course, that’s just a theory advanced by every doctor and nutritionist for decades, regarding food consumption, calorie intake, and exercise.
However, that didn’t stop Professor Cooper from appearing on TV and advancing her preposterous supposition regarding racism and President Trump’s policies of being responsible for black females getting fat.
“I hate when people talk about Black women being obese,” Cooper said on the program. “I hate it because it becomes a way to blame us for a set of conditions that we didn’t create.”
“We are living in the Trump era,” the professor said. “And look, those policies kill our people. You can’t get access to good health care, good insurance.”
Cooper said that research points to black women losing less weight and at a slower rate than do white women, claiming that public health practitioners tie increased stress to a change in metabolism.
“It’s literally that the racism that you’re experiencing and the struggle to make ends meet actually means the diet doesn’t work for you the same,” she adds.
The watchdog group Campus Reform reached out to Professor Cooper to explain her connection to the Presidents policies and black woman gaining weight.
“I wasn’t making an argument about Trump’s administration policies and weight,” the professor said. “Dr. Arline Geronimus’ research from the 1990s argues pretty convincingly that black women have physiological stress responses to racial stimuli and this affects our long term health. I was citing this body of work and the president’s status as a racially polarizing figure that contributes to issues of racial stress for people of color.”
Professor Cooper by all accounts is an extremely accomplished individual with a Ph.D. in American Studies, from Emory University (2009), and a B.A. in English and Political Science, from Howard University.
She’s also an accomplished author of “Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women” published by University of Illinois Press, in May of 2017, along with another work titled “Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower” published by St. Martin Press in 2017.
Yet with all of those amazing accomplishments Professor Cooper still plays the race card, worst yet “victimization” camouflaging her own human frailties when it comes to the issue of obesity, and the professors own struggles with her waistline.
Which like it or not, calls into question her own reality as a professional black woman earning an excellent living as a professor at one of the most prestigious colleges in the country, moreover as an acclaimed author, and certainly not an improvised black woman struggling to “get access to good health care, good insurance” or for that matter “struggling to make ends meet.”
What seems at play here is simply another example of yet another educator attempting to put forth another preposterous theory, rather than actually looking in the mirror and taking responsibility for her own struggles with weight, which obviously began long before Donald Trump became President in 2016.