White liberal at center of racist video loses job, dog, dignity
Amy Cooper, the white woman who called the cops on a black bird watcher in Central Park, is a liberal.
At least that’s what the UK’s Independent says, citing her campaign contributions to Barack Obama, Pete Buttigieg and John Kerry that the news outlet says were leaked online.
Christian Cooper — no relation — was watching birds when he asked Amy Cooper to leash her dogs — they were in an area of Central Park where leashes are required. In retaliation, Amy Cooper said she’d call the police and tell them that “an African American man was threatening [her] life.”
Christian Cooper’s sister, Melody, tweeted the video with the caption: “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.”
“Karen” is slang for an old, entitled white woman. Unfortunately for this “Karen,” the video went viral, with 122,000 retweets and over 420,000 likes on Twitter.
To add to the misery, Amy Cooper’s employer, Franklin Templeton, fired her after seeing the dispute on video.
The company had a tweet of its own: “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.”
In response to how she handled her dog during the altercation, Amy Cooper consequently surrendered the dog to the rescue center where she adopted it years ago.
“Our mission remains the health and safety of our rescued dogs,” said the center. “The dog is now in our rescue’s care and he is safe and in good health.”
Even the Audubon Society condemned her: “Black Americans often face terrible daily dangers in outdoor spaces, where they are subjected to unwarranted suspicion, confrontation, and violence,” said Rebeccah Sanders, Audubon senior vice president for state programs. “The outdoors — and the joy of birds — should be safe and welcoming for all people.”
Still, Amy Cooper did the ritual liberal apology.
“I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family,” she said. “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 a lower light and I understand why they do.”
She lost her job and her dog, but at least she kept her dignity. Right?
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