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Brittney Cooper is a contributing writer at Salon. Follow her on Twitter at@professorcrunk.
America's 'Prince' Problem: How Black People—and Art—Became 'Devalued'
Posted on: Apr 21, 2016, Source: Salon
The reserved musical icon spoke hard truths at the Grammys—about art, artists and our disturbing racial politics.
America’s Real Racial Double Standard: How the Law (and White People) Turn “Race-Neutral” Into “Pro-White”
Posted on: Jan 3, 2016, Source: Salon
Time after time, black freedom of expression gets spun into something very different by the law and the media.
The Big Father Figure Lie: Race, the Kardashians and the Latest War on Black Moms
Posted on: Oct 8, 2015, Source: Salon
America celebrates the Kardashians' female-centered family -- but pathologizes Black matriarchs.
Matt Damon’s Staggering Meritocracy Lie: What His 'Project Greenlight' Blow-Up with Effie Brown Really Shows
Posted on: Sep 17, 2015, Source: Salon
In a recent episode of the HBO show, Damon took an ignorant and disappointing stand for white privilege.
The Vengeful God of Kim Davis: The Powerful Forces We Ignore When We Fixate on One Kentucky Clerk
Posted on: Sep 9, 2015, Source: Salon
The temptation to lock onto the story of Kim Davis risks ignoring the manipulative figures behind the scenes.
The Psychological Warfare Being Waged Against Black Lives Matter
Posted on: Sep 2, 2015, Source: Salon
Black Lives Matter has been demonized following the unrelated murder of a police officer. Here's why.
The Ludicrous Reason These Black Women Were Thrown Off of a Train
Posted on: Aug 26, 2015, Source: Salon
The Napa Valley Wine Train left a 10-woman book club on the side of the train tracks... and for what?
White America Needs to Wake Up: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders & the Unacknowledged Crimes of American Justice
Posted on: Aug 20, 2015, Source: Salon
While Democratic candidates have made important strides, it will be for naught as long as Black lives matter less.
Ferguson’s Dark, Twisted Lesson: What Police Crackdowns & 'Oath Keepers' Reveal on the Anniversary of a Tragedy
Posted on: Aug 12, 2015, Source: Salon
A year after Michael Brown died, Americans are starting to forget what happened. But we must never forget.
The Hideous Truth About Donald Trump: Why the 'Trump Surge' Is Here to stay — Even If His Campaign Isn’t
Posted on: Aug 5, 2015, Source: Salon
The forces animating the Donald's soaring popularity are omnipresent: the deep-seated anxieties of white America.
“If I Die in Police Custody”: Why Sandra Bland’s Death Is Just the Latest Evidence that Black America Is Under Attack
Posted on: Jul 22, 2015, Source: Salon
No one should end up dead after a routine police stop, but Sandra Bland did. This country has much to answer for.
Why Serena Williams Is So Important
Posted on: Jul 15, 2015, Source: Salon
For two decades, Williams has dominated an overwhelmingly white sport, a powerful statement on black womanhood.
Black America’s Bill Cosby Nightmare
Posted on: Jul 11, 2015, Source: Salon
Cosby was ashamed of Black America for years. Now Black America is ashamed of Cosby. And it feels like a tragedy.
Why America’s Emblems of Hate Matter — and Their Disappearance Should Be Celebrated
Posted on: Jul 1, 2015, Source: Salon
Many have second-guessed the latest campaign against Confederate imagery. These critics miss the point.
America's War on Black Girls: Why McKinney Police Violence Isn’t About 'One Bad Apple'
Posted on: Jun 10, 2015, Source: Salon
Many have been quick to dismiss or make excuses for the shocking video out of Texas. Here's the truth of the matter.
Segregationists Never Went Away: We Just Call Them “Small-Government Conservatives” Now
Posted on: May 27, 2015, Source: Salon
Black freedom & opportunity in America has always required the very federal intervention the right wants to destroy.
White America’s Waco Insanity: The Shocking Realities it Ignores About Racism & Violence
Posted on: May 23, 2015, Source: Salon
The response to the Twin Peaks shootout shows how privilege really works.
America's Disgusting, Boundless Hatred for Poor People
Posted on: Apr 22, 2015, Source: Salon
We're now legislating away poor people's right to be happy.
Blood Money, Killer Cops: How Privatization Is Funding the Racist Logic of America’s Police
Posted on: Apr 15, 2015, Source: Salon
What do police violence in Oklahoma and NYC have in common? An infusion of private cash and a culture of death.
Black Death Has Become a Cultural Spectacle: Why the Walter Scott Tragedy Won’t Change White America’s Mind
Posted on: Apr 12, 2015, Source: Salon
How many rotten apples do we need before we start chopping down the apple tree?
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