Brittney Cooper on rage as a superpower
Emily Wilson | ARTS AND CULTURE, FEMINISM
In the conversation with writer and Rutgers professor Brittney Cooper, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Otis Taylor Jr.talked with her about rage, the hearings to put Brett Kavanuagh, credibly accused of sexual assault by three women, on the Supreme Court, and tennis player Serena Williams’ recent experience with an umpire at the U.S. Open.
The two were at Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, and Cooper, a tennis fan, right between Serena and her sister, Venus, in age, had plenty to say about Williams and the umpire accusing her of cheating. In an interview after her talk, Cooper, the author of Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, talked more about Williams’ anger and our reaction to it. Click here to continue reading
Rage is “the one way I know to respect the humanity of marginalized groups,” said Cooper. (photo courtesy of Brittney Cooper)
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