‘There’s An African-American Man Threatening My Life;’ She Threatens Her Own Dog
The story the media is covering is about this white woman in Central Park targeting an African American, who simply wanted to bird-watch (a common practice is this specific place in Central Park).
He politely asked her to leash her dog and according to New York City law, he is absolutely correct.
And that is where it gets crazy. She calls the police alleging “an African American man who is recording me, threatening myself and my dog.”
I am quite certain this is example of outright racism that still happens every single day in our country. Clearly, he is not threatening anyone.
The woman, Amy Cooper, is so distraught and distracted with fear and arguably hate that she is actually choking her dog. The dog’s tongue is clearly hanging out, and this dog is in absolute distress. There’s no question about that.
I have no clue what else Amy Cooper may have done or not to previously to terrorize her own dog. I can’t suggest one way or the other.
What I know is this, from Angel for Life American Cocker Spaniel Rescue Facebook page, “Thank you to the concerned public for reaching out to us about a video involving a dog that was adopted from our rescue a few years ago. As of this evening, the owner has voluntarily surrendered the dog in question to our rescue while this matter is being addressed. Our mission remains the health and safety of our rescued dogs. The dog is now in our rescue’s care and he is safe and in good health. We will not be responding to any further inquiries about the situation, either publicly or privately. Thank you for your understanding.”
Aside from giving up her own dog she was forced to give up her job. “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,” the company said on Twitter.
To her credit Amy Cooper did apologize to the African American man, a birder, Christian Cooper, no relation. But then again with the onslaught of media (and sadly, even death threats) she had little choice.
Racism is shockingly ignorant. But treating your own dog like this? I suggest this was animal abuse. I am no psychologist, but my hope that Ms. Cooper finds the help she apparently needs. And likely it is the dog’s best interest that he finds another family.