It’s safe to say that Brittney Cooper, I mean Prof. Brittney Cooper, is not an outlier in the American academy, but is part of a certain establishment.
That bastion is the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, of which there are very many across the country. It serves as a citadel of pseudo-intellectualism, a way to create a class of “scholars” on paper.
Prof. Brittney Cooper, who has a B.A. in English, was jabbering banalities about the horrors of Trump on MSNBC (10/3/019), when she blurted out that Trump was “delegitimating” wrongdoing, or something.
“Delegitimating” is a “word not found in the Dictionary and Encyclopedia.”
Like the word she used, Prof. Cooper’s field of study is bogus.
“Intellectual disciplines were founded in ancient Greece and gained a considerable impetus from the work of Aristotle who identified and organized a range of subjects into orderly bodies of learning.” (Keith Windschuttle, The Killing of History, 1996, NSW, Australia.)
By the standards set by the Greeks, disciplines such as women’s studies, or black studies, or LGBTQ studies are intellectually incoherent; they don’t qualify as intellectual disciplines.