Rutgers professor Brittney Cooper explains why you should empathize with the rage that shaped her life as a Black feminist battling racism and sexism. Cooper provides a necessary lesson to white readers as to why – among other things – it’s disrespectful to call her or any other Black woman “sassy.”
Say her name! That demand is more than a popular hashtag for Rutgers professor Brittney Cooper. With the scholarship of an academic and the bravado of a public activist, she details the racism and sexism Black women faced during and after slavery and in modern times.
Cooper, a Rutgers University professor in Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies, writes a well-regarded column for Cosmopolitan covering gender, politics and race. She co-founded the Crunk Feminist Collective and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications.