The Trump years will be remembered for some pretty serious scandals, the demise of the Democrat Party as we know it, and the impact of Trump policies on fat, black women. Yessiree.

According to Rutgers University gender studies professor Brittney Cooper, black women lose weight more slowly than white women, and Trump policies may be making it more difficult for black women to lose weight. says Cooper addressed the subject as a recent guest on Black Women OWN the Conversation on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.

“We are living in the Trump era,” she said, “and look, those policies kill our people. You can’t get access to good health care, good insurance."

Cooper explained that the stress and anxiety some black women allegedly experience over Trump's policies might actually have more to do with their health issues.

"Increased stress could be changing black women’s metabolisms to the point where it becomes more difficult to shed extra pounds," she said.

“I hate when people talk about black women being obese,” Cooper continued. “I hate it because it becomes a way to blame us for a set of conditions that we didn’t create.”

For anyone over a certain age, it is frustrating to witness the extent to which we as a society are ready to blame everything wrong in our lives on something or somebody else. For example, we are not addicts because we chose to use; addiction is now a disease. We are no longer willing to accept responsibility for own actions. It's sad.

And now we learn that fat, black women can't lose weight because of Trump's policies. What about fat white or Hispanic women? What's their excuse? Or mine?

Of all of the cockamamie excuses for being overweight, this one surely takes the cake. Whoops!

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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