According to liberal professor and writer Brittney Cooper, the case of Sandra Bland is easy to explain. In case you didn’t know, the controversial circumstances surrounding Bland’s arrest and subsequent death can be boiled down to one thing: White Power.
“Black people, of every station, live everyday just one police encounter from the grave,” Cooper writes in Salon. “Looking back over my encounters with police, it’s truly a wonder that I’m still in the land of the living.”
That’s unlikely. Do police sometimes accidentally kill the innocent? Yes. Is this an epidemic that endangers every American who happens to have a little extra melanin in their skin? Certainly not. It’s actually quite simple to avoid getting killed by the cops. A little cooperation goes a long way. It’s only when you get belligerent, run, fight, and otherwise attempt to do something foolish that tragedies occur.
As for Bland, she wasn’t murdered by the police. Oh, wait, Cooper doesn’t buy that. “She isn’t dead because of suicide,” Cooper writes, apparently privy to evidence the rest of us don’t have. “No matter what they say, justice, reason, fairness and good damn sense compel us to believe differently.”
Oh, right, evidence is passe in 2015. As long as something feels wrong, you can just dismiss the facts. It’s all one big white conspiracy. Come on. A woman as educated as Cooper knows better than to believe something so ridiculous.
“White people must begin to see themselves in the faces of the mostly white police officers who keep committing these atrocities against Black and Brown people,” Cooper concludes. “This will not stop until you recognize that you are them. And they are you.”
What do you imagine Salon’s readership looks like? Do blacks flocks to the site to cheer these liberal blowhards? Doubtful. This is an online publication geared toward white academic-types who only feel alive when being flagellated by racial minorities. Cooper acts as though she’s being provocative when she’s really just giving her guilty audience exactly what they crave.
These people are so mesmerized by the latest gender/racial theories coming out of feminist sociology that they no longer live in the real world. They see everything through this prism of injustice, never stopping to consider that most people – black, white, orange, or purple – just want to live their damn lives.
Cooper is playing a character that happens to be trendy right now. There must be an official liberal lounge somewhere where writers and pundits are awarded points for how thoroughly they can excoriate America. If such a place exists, Cooper will be wined and dined for this ridiculous piece of work. Atta girl, you really told ’em this time.
Unfortunately, politicians are beginning to take these absurdities seriously. These theories are starting to take root in our police departments, our laws, and even our public schools. They are given unearned weight because people like Cooper sound as though they know what they’re talking about.
And they do, to be sure. They know all the right terms, all the right numbers, and they have all the right anecdotes to make it seem legit.
It just happens to be one great big lie, that’s all.