Black Bird Watcher 'Uncomfortable' With Backlash Against White Woman Who Called the Cops on Him | 22 Words

Yesterday, shocking footage showing a white woman calling the cops on an innocent black man went viral. Ever since, millions of people have been condemning the woman for her blatant racism, resulting in her losing her job.

But now, the man at the center of the scandal has spoken out about the viral treatment of the woman, and what he had to say has shocked everyone.

It's 2020, and racism is sadly still rife across our country.

For centuries now, people of color have been hatefully discriminated against, and shockingly, it is still happening today.

Admittedly, we have come a long way in the fight against this prejudice...

More people than ever before are fighting for quality for all races and ethnicities... But that doesn't mean that racism still isn't happening.

The most recent example of blatant racism has come from none other than New York's Central Park.

Yesterday, footage from the infamous park emerged of a white woman calling the cops on a black man for the most ludicrous of reasons.

The shocking video has spread like wildfire on Twitter...

And people are completely horrified by the woman's disgraceful behavior towards the man.

It is all over her dog being off its leash...

Melody Cooper took to Twitter to share the video of her brother, Christian Cooper, who was out bird watching at the time, being targetted by the aggravated woman after he had asked her to put her dog back on the leash. She captioned the video, "Oh when Karens take a walk with their dogs off-leash in the famous Bramble in NY’s Central Park, where it is clearly posted on signs that dogs MUST be leashed at all times, and someone like my brother (an avid birder) politely asks her to put her dog on the leash."

When the woman refused to leash her dog, Christian had offered the dog a treat.

But, instead of cooperating or simply walking away, the woman, who has since been identified as Amy Cooper, went on the defense. She grabbed her dog roughly by the collar and stormed towards Christian, asking him to stop recording her.

"Sir, I'm asking you to stop."

Christian asks her to not come any closer but, clearly agitated, Amy continues to stride forward, all while dragging her dog by its collar. "I'm taking a picture and calling the cops."

Despite her threats, Christian remains calm...

And actually encourages her to call the cops.

And, while still grabbing her struggling dog by its collar...

Amy says defiantly, "I'm going to tell them there's an African American man threatening my life."

It is completely unbelievable.

While standing further away with her dog continuing to struggle by her side, Amy goes on to talk to a 911 operator, saying confidently, "I'm sorry, I'm in the Bramble, and there's a man, an African American man, he's recording me and threatening me and my dog."

Christian left before the cops arrived...

And Melody reassured concerned Twitter users: "My brother & I are so grateful for your concern! He is fine and left to continue birding after she leashed the dog, as he politely requested. I wanted folks to know what happened to make sure it never happens again from her. All she had to do was put her poor dog on the leash."

Many have expressed their relief for Christian...

Instead of him being tasered, handcuffed, or arrested, which is sadly the case for too many black men in this country, he was able to freely leave the situation.

And others are alarmed at how Amy literally strangles her dog by its collar.

The video just gets worse and worse the more you watch it.

But many are wondering one thing...

What did Amy have to say for herself? Well, since the viral attention, she came forward with an apology. In a telephone interview with NBC New York, she said: "I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family. It was unacceptable and I humbly and fully apologize to everyone who’s seen that video, everyone that’s been offended… Everyone who thinks of me in lower light and I understand why they do."

She wants people to know that she isn't "a racist."

"I'm not a racist. I did not mean to harm that man in any way," she said, adding that she also didn't mean any harm to the African American community.

She then spoke again to CNN.

She said: "I think I was just scared. When you're alone in the Bramble, you don't know what's happening. It's not excusable, it's not defensible."

She said that her "entire life has been destroyed" since the video was posted.

When asked if he'd accept her apology, Christian told CNN he would, "if it's genuine and if she plans on keeping her dog on a leash in the Ramble going forward, then we have no issues with each other."

But her efforts to backtrack on her disgraceful actions have been to no avail...

Because it was reported last night that Amy Cooper had been fired from her job at a top U.S. investment firm.

As soon as the incident went viral, Franklin Templeton, who employs Amy, instantly responded by launching an investigation.

The New York Post reported that she has been placed on administrative leave by the global investment firm that employs her.

But, shortly after launching the investigation, they decided to fully terminate her contract.

In a statement, they said: "Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately. We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton."

Justice has been served, right?

Well, the victim of this whole scandal is reportedly not feeling too good about the consequences Amy has been forced to face.

Christian Cooper has now come forward about the treatment of Amy since the video went viral...

And he has revealed that it has all made him feel very "uncomfortable."

He doesn't believe that the backlash against Amy is helping with the problem of racism.

Speaking to the New York Times, Christian said: “It’s a little bit of a frenzy, and I am uncomfortable with that. If our goal is to change the underlying factors, I am not sure that this young woman having her life completely torn apart serves that goal."

You can watch the video for yourself here...

...which has now had over thirty-nine million views.

We hope some positive actions come out of this ordeal.

For more on the disgraceful racism in our country, keep scrolling to read about the heartbreaking story of George Floyd, who was suffocated by a white police officer kneeling on his neck...