In a piece for Salon this morning, Rutgers University professor Brittney Cooper proclaimed that all black people are “one police encounter from the grave,” and that white people must start lumping themselves together as “ the face of the oppressor.”
This piece comes after Sandra Bland, an African-American women, was found dead in her cell following a dramatic arrest in Texas earlier this week. Police have labeled the death a suicide, and are pointing to new evidence that would support this claim. Bland’s family is disputing this claim, and have ordered their own autopsy to follow up the one performed by the state.
Cooper was very clear in her condemnation of the arresting officer despite the fact that investigations have hardly even begun. In her mind, he is guilty of a much worse crime than abuse of power during a traffic stop. He is guilty of the standard crime committed by all white males– supremacy:
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