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Brittney Cooper, a Rutgers University professor of gender studies and Africana studies, spoke to National Public Radio in April 2019 about the “whiteness” of time.


“If time had a race, it would be white,” Cooper explained, citing the phrase “colored-people time” for black people’s supposed habitual lateness.

  • “White people own time,” Cooper added. “So when I say time has a race, I’m saying that the way that we position ourselves in relationship to time comes out of histories of European and Western thought.

According to Cooper, the racist genesis of time was during the Industrial Revolution and, “prior to that, we would talk about time as merely passing the time.”

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