Gender Studies Professor Suggests Trump is to Blame for Overweight Black Women
Rutgers University women's and gender studies professor blames president's policies
Rutgers University's women and gender studies professor, Brittney Cooper, suggested last month that President Donald Trump's policies and 'racism' are to blame for obese black women.
"I hate when people talk about black women being obese," Cooper said.
"I hate it because it becomes a way to blame us for a set of conditions that we didn't create," she added.
"We are living in the Trump era. And look, those policies kill our people," Copper continued.
"You can't get access to good health care, good insurance."
Cooper argued that white women have an advantage when losing weight as black women are 'more stressed' because of Trump.
"It's literally that the racism that you're experiencing and the struggle to make ends meet actually means the diet don't work for you the same," Cooper claimed.
But Coper later backtracked, claiming she wasn't linking Trump's policies to overweight black women.
Copper then cited scholarly work suggesting Trump's alleged racism is increasing the weight issues of black women.
"I wasn't making an argument about Trump admin policies and weight," Cooper said.
"Dr. Arline Geronimus' [a public health research professor at the University of Michigan] 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," she explained.
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In August, Neon Nettle reported the American economy is producing more jobs than ever for younger African-Americans under Trump.
The unemployment rate for African-Americans between the ages of 16 and 19 plummeted to 17.7 percent, the lowest rate since government records began in n the early 1970s.
According to the most recent data from the Department of Labor, a total of 762,000 young African-Americans had jobs in July.
That number is the highest on record.