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...
@melodyMcooper Notice how her immediate response is to tell the cops an "African American" man is 'threatening' her… https://t.co/oT4z6vdzOa— Axel Folio, PhD, Merry Mary Marxist extraordinaire (@Axel Folio, PhD, Merry Mary Marxist extraordinaire)1590437203.0
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...
My brother & I are so grateful for your concern! He is fine and left to continue birding after she leashed the dog,… https://t.co/BUlLVXflAy— Melody Cooper (@Melody Cooper)1590459998.0
Many have expressed their relief for Christian...
@helchose @michaelharriot I like the part where the police didn't come and shoot or taze him or have him in cuffs i… https://t.co/emy1pc1W7H— Yvonne Left (@Yvonne Left)1590472775.0
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.
@CNN If it had been a black woman making the call she would have been in prison by now— Pat Shiels (@Pat Shiels)1590484358.0
She said that her "entire life has been destroyed" since the video was posted.
@FTI_US She put an innocent mans life in danger! FIRE HER.— Zé Taylor (@Zé Taylor)1590461570.0
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.
In response to an incident involving an employee on May 25th, Franklin Templeton issued the following statement. https://t.co/8f2lMwK0r5— Franklin Templeton (@Franklin Templeton)1590461004.0
But, shortly after launching the investigation, they decided to fully terminate her contract.
Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the… https://t.co/3GkCjsaYn7— Franklin Templeton (@Franklin Templeton)1590517491.0
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...
Oh, when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous Bramble in NY’s Central Park, where it is clear… https://t.co/zFb3O0cClz— Melody Cooper (@Melody Cooper)1590426192.0
We hope some positive actions come out of this ordeal.
@melodyMcooper All jokes aside, this is literally why Emmitt Till and countless Black men have been killed. She sho… https://t.co/NHgZuJ00dr— Behdad Sami (@Behdad Sami)1590442606.0