By Ethan Huff
A black professorÂ who teaches â€œWomenâ€™s and Gender Studiesâ€ atÂ Rutgers UniversityÂ in New Jersey recentlyÂ came forwardÂ with a bizarre theory she invented, claiming that the very concept of time itself was created by white people, and is thus â€œracist.â€
Associate Professor Brittney Cooper, who also once blasphemously claimed that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is â€œqueer,â€ recentlyÂ told a TED Talk audience that she also believes that white people â€œown timeâ€ â€“ which in her mind makes time â€œevilâ€ and something to be resisted and shunned by progressives.
â€œIf time had a race, it would be white,â€ Cooper stated on record before her listening audience with a straight face. â€œWhite people own time,â€ she added in the same breath, also still completely serious.
When asked for some type of rationale by the interviewer as to why she believes this, Cooper offered a vague retort about how Europeans supposedly came up with the idea of time, denigrating it as a product of â€œWestern thought,â€ which she clearly rejects.
â€œAfter the Industrial Revolution, suddenly, we begin to talk about time as spending time,â€ Cooper stated, insinuating that, prior to the Industrial Revolution, there simply was no time. â€œIt becomes something that is tethered to monetary value.â€
Cooper then went on to ramble about hourly wages, black and brown people, Western ideals, and various other incoherent and unrelated topics, circling back to her contention that white people created time, and continue to use it as a form of oppression against non-whites.
â€œTime has a history, and so do black people,â€ she further stated. â€œBut we treat time as though it is timeless, as though it has always been this way, as though it doesnâ€™t have a political history bound up with the plunder of indigenous lands, the genocide of indigenous people and the stealing of Africans from their homeland.â€
â€œWhen white, male European philosophers first thought to conceptualize time and history, one famously declared, Africa is no historical part of the world. He was, essentially, saying that Africans were people outside of history who had had no impact on time or the march of progress,â€ Cooper further ranted.
The reason why many black people havenâ€™t been able to achieve the same level of â€œsocial progressâ€ as other groups, Cooper maintains, has to do with not only â€œtime,â€ but also â€œhistoryâ€ â€“ both of whichÂ this blatantly anti-white professor claims are among the lynchpins of â€œwhite supremacy.â€
It has nothing to do with some black people not having a strong work ethic, or dwelling in victimhood rather than pulling themselves up by their bootstraps, working hard, and making something of themselves â€“ no, itâ€™s all because of that nasty â€œtimeâ€ and â€œhistory,â€ created by whites, that Cooper believes is keeping black people from achieving much of anything in their lives.
â€œYou know, the more (sic) generous thing that I can say is that part of what exposing these operations of time should allow us to think about is that we donâ€™t all have the same timescapes,â€ Cooper further stated, completely nonsensically.
â€œAnd so if youâ€™re white in the U.S. context, typically youâ€™re taught that time is linear, that every day is a progression beyond the past, that we are not today where we were 50 years ago.â€
â€œBut if you are African-American in this country, time doesnâ€™t exactly work that way,â€ she concluded. â€œYou are, you know, living often with the residue of past historical trauma. You are living in a present-day system that is filled with racial animus, which often is overlooked by many white Americans.â€
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.