There is Trump Derangement Syndrome, and then there is lunacy. Ever since he moved into the Oval Office, liberals have found a way to blame just about everything on the president. (During the Obama administration, they blamed everything on George W. Bush). But this lady has crossed over the line into frothing-from-the mouth crazy.
Rutgers University women’s and gender studies professor Brittney Cooper suggested on a TV program that racism and President Donald Trump are the reason for obese black women. Regular readers of LU may recall some of Prof. Cooper’s previous theories. In 2015, for example, she professed to opine that Christian conservatives worship an “a**hole” God and a “white supremacist Jesus.” I say professed because earlier the earlier the same month, she confessed that she makes stuff up about how the Right thinks of Jesus because she hates them so much.
Campus Reform reports that Cooper appeared on the show “Black Women OWN the Conversation” on the Oprah Winfrey Network and belched out her theory that Trump creates stress and that means black Women are obese because of him.
In the video that follows, Cooper can be heard saying:
I hate when people talk about black women being obese. I hate it because it becomes a way to blame us for a set of conditions that we didn’t create.
We are living in the Trump era. And look, those policies kill our people. You can’t get access to good health care, good insurance.
“I hate when people talk about Black women being obese. I hate it, because it becomes a way to blame us for a set of conditions that we didn’t create.” – @ProfessorCrunk.
— Black Women OWN the Conversation (@BlackWomenOWN) September 16, 2019
Cooper goes on to suggest that research points to black women losing less weight and at a slower rate than do white women, claiming that public health practitioners tie increased stress to a change in metabolism.
After the appearance, Campus Reform asked Cooper about it, and she said there was a scholarly basis for her remarks.
I wasn’t making an argument about Trump administration policies and weight. Dr. Arline Geronimus’s research from the 1990s argues pretty convincingly that black women have physiological stress responses to racial stimuli and this affects our long term health. I was citing this body of work and the president’s status as a racially polarizing figure that contributes to issues of racial stress for people of color.
But there’s another problem with Cooper’s argument. Take a look at the photograph at the top of the page. It was taken in 2014, during the presidency of Barack Obama. If the presence of Donald Trump in the White House is responsible for her obesity, to what does she attribute her considerable girth back then?
Cross posted at The Lid