Why-Criticism on Amy-Cooper won’t Solve-Racism

Why-Criticism on Amy-Cooper won't Solve-Racism
Why-Criticism on Amy-Cooper won't Solve-Racism

Why-Criticism on Amy-Cooper won’t Solve-Racism

Black bird watcher Christian Cooper said he is uncomfortable with the intense backlash against Amy Cooper, no relation, the white woman seen in a viral video calling the police on him in New York’s Central Park and claiming to feel threatened.

Amy Cooper, who has since apologized, lost her job and handed her dog back to the rescue center after a video of the incident captured attention online. It was viewed tens of millions of times.

Speaking to the New York Daily News, Christian Cooper said he is “not sure how I feel” about Amy Cooper losing her job, adding that focusing on her glosses over the wider context in which the incident took place.

Why-Criticism on Amy-Cooper won’t Solve-Racism

“I can’t see how that will remedy the issues at hand,” he said. “I feel it’s crucial to find a way out beyond this instance and this one individual.

“Too much attention has been placed on her when it really should have been on the issues at hand that have infiltrated this city and this country for several years. Racial issues.”

The 57-year-old writer and editor said he is “very upset” about the death threats Amy Cooper has received in the wake of the video going viral. “That’s antithetical to the appropriate response,” he said.

Why-Criticism on Amy-Cooper won’t Solve-Racism

“If you’re agitated that she subjects my life in danger by trying to impose the cops on a Black man, then how are you prepared to rotate and issue a death threat? That doesn’t make any sense. It’s outrightly awful.”

Speaking to The New York Times, Cooper said he is “uncomfortable” with the “frenzy” that has surrounded Amy Cooper in recent days: “If our goal is to change the underlying factors, i’m unsure that this girl having her life completely torn apart serves that goal.”

Amy Cooper called 911 to claim that there is an African American man “recording me and threatening myself and my dog” after he asked her to leash her pet and she allegedly declined to do so, contravening the park’s rules.

Why-Criticism on Amy-Cooper won’t Solve-Racism

During the clip, she says she will call the police and “tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life” after Christian Cooper refuses to stop recording her.

The dispute took place in an area of Central Park called The Ramble, where it is required to keep dogs leashed due to the wildlife and birds living there.

It was condemned as the latest occurrence of a white woman calling the police on a black person for innocuous reasons.

Why-Criticism on Amy-Cooper won’t Solve-Racism

Amy Cooper’s critics accused her of attempting to make Christian Cooper fear for his life by repeatedly telling police it was an African American threatening her, playing on the issue of unarmed black people shot and killed by law enforcement officers.

Central Park this morning: This woman’s dog is tearing through the plantings within the Ramble.ME: Ma’am, dogs within the …

She also voluntarily surrendered her dog to the Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, where she had adopted it years ago following concerns that she was choking her pet with its leash while talking to police on the phone.

Why-Criticism on Amy-Cooper won’t Solve-Racism

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the incident as “racism, plain and simple.”

He posted on tweeter: “She invited the police BECAUSE he was a Black man. Even though she was the one breaking the principles . She decided he was the criminal and that we know why. This type of hatred is not needed in our city.”

In a statement,   apologized and admitted that she “reacted emotionally and made false assumptions” about Christian Cooper when, in fact, she was in the wrong for not having her dog on a leash.

“When Chris started issuing threats to my dog and ran into me in a neighborhood where there was nobody else nearby and said, ‘You’re not going to like what I’m going to do next,’ I assumed we were being threatened when all he had intended to try to to was record our encounter on his phone,” she said.

Why-Criticism on Amy-Cooper won’t Solve-Racism

“I am aware of the agony that wrong assumptions and careless statements about racism and would never have imagined that i’d be involved within the type of incident that occurred with Chris.

“I feel that a few seconds in a lifetime of forty years won’t attribute to who I am in his eyes which he tend to accept my sincere apology.”


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