A White Woman Has Apologized After Calling Police On A Black Man And Saying 'there's An African Amer


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I actually feel his reason for trying to get out of it was because he is likely a very private and somewhat empathetic person. I am too so I could understand why he didn't want to be involved.

HOWEVER, there are some things too important to ignore in the name of privacy and introverted type personalities. I once had to stand up for what was right to protect someone else and had to face uncomfortablility as my privacy was intruded upon. I also am very empathetic but I could not let that get in the way of doing what needed to be done.

This man needs to understand/remember that the whole reason he is likely alive and not in jail himself is because he recorded it and Blacks went to bat for him. This ugly woman did not hesitate at all to use his race to get him in trouble with the law. She needs to be fully prosecuted to set the precedent and he cannot hide in a hole. He needs to see it through.


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See I couldn't understand what more they possibly wanted from him and felt like the articles being printed left and right about him not cooperating was to get someone to hate him (i.e. black people). He came out of this situation looking pretty good. Black people were happy because he outed the racist white woman, white people were (somewhat) happy because he didn't pile on their precious white woman. He toed that line beautifully. So I really thought the articles were an attempt to get someone to kind of start badmouthing him and I was upset about it.

But the more I think about it the more I feel like he could give a simple statement to the cops and avoid giving any more interviews. He keeps speaking to the media! That's what's shifting my mind frame on this. If he really wanted to move on he would stop talking to the media and let this go away. But he's taking every opportunity they're giving him to announce to the world that he won't be participating in making sure this woman gets what's coming to her. And that I don't like. I was with him until now.


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Central Park Birder Turns Clash Into Graphic Novel About Racism
The impressionistic novel from Christian Cooper features a Black teenager who looks at birds through binoculars and instead sees the faces of Black people who have been killed by the police.

Sarah Maslin Nir
By Sarah Maslin Nir
  • Sept. 9, 2020, 5:00 a.m. ET
Christian Cooper became one of the nation’s most famous bird watchers when a video he filmed of his confrontation with a white woman in Central Park went viral. After Mr. Cooper asked her to leash her dog, she had warned him that she would falsely tell a 911 operator that “an African-American man is threatening my life.”
But before that Memorial Day encounter, Mr. Cooper was well-known in a different realm: as a pioneering comic book writer. Now, Mr. Cooper is using his experience in Central Park as the inspiration for a graphic novel, “It’s a Bird,” published by DC Comics.
In the graphic novel, which is digital only, he connects racism’s daily humiliations and deadly police brutality. The same day that he faced the woman, Amy Cooper — who is not related to Mr. Cooper — George Floyd would die in Minneapolis under a police officer’s knee.

Christian Cooper in Central Park.Credit...Brittainy Newman/The New York Times

The slim, 10-page story is impressionistic, without a real plot. It is the first in a series called “Represent!” that features works of writers “traditionally underrepresented in the mainstream comic book medium,” including people of color or those who are LGBTQ, Marie Javins, an executive editor at DC, said in a statement. It will be available online for free starting Wednesday, at several digital book and comic book retailers.
The main character of “It’s a Bird” is a teenage birder named Jules, who is Black. When Jules tries to peer through his binoculars at birds, he instead sees the faces of Black people who have been killed by the police.

After a white man shoos Jules off his lawn, the illustrator, Alitha E. Martinez, has drawn Jules envisioning Mr. Floyd’s face in place of a warbler in a tree.
In later pages, the teenager confronts a white woman in the park with her dog off leash — here the woman is named Beth and is depicted as heavyset, though Ms. Cooper is not. When Jules faces her, he is backed by the images of several Black people killed in interactions with police. When he turns his back on her, he sees them winged and flying free.

In an interview, Mr. Cooper said the graphic novel “shouldn’t be looked at as any one experience, because it’s not. It’s drawn from a whole bunch of experiences and woven together from that — my own and the ones we keep hearing from news reports.”
“What happened to me is minor compared to the fatal consequences for George Floyd later that same day, but it all comes from the same place of racial bias,” he added. “I am not trying to equate these things. What I am trying to say is: ‘See the pattern.’”
Mr. Cooper said the graphic novel was deliberately not an exact recounting of his May 25 interaction with Ms. Cooper.
“I think that is the beauty of comics, it lets you reach that place visually and viscerally,” he said. “And that’s what this comic is meant to do: Take all these real things that are out there and, by treating them in a magical realist way, get to the heart of the matter.”


In the days after the incident, Ms. Cooper was fired from her job, and pilloried on social media. The Manhattan district attorney charged her with filing a false police report.
Mr. Cooper refused to cooperate in the investigation, and publicly expressed compassion for Ms. Cooper in the face of the consequences that she has suffered.
He has still not heard from her, he said, and does not want to.
“It has never stopped being about the birds for me,” Mr. Cooper said. “From the beginning that confrontation had nothing to do with race. It became about race when she made it about race.”
Mr. Cooper said the Beth character is intended to be a pastiche, not a depiction of Ms. Cooper. (Ms. Cooper could not be reached for comment.)


In the final pages, as Jules and Beth verbally spar, in Ms. Martinez’s images the woman’s words physically diminish.
“You see her words become smaller and smaller, and less important,” Mr. Cooper said. “Because it’s not about her, it’s about the ones we’ve lost and how we keep from losing any more.”