3 things Amy Cooper did in Central Park to damage her reputation and career
During a recent CNN interview, Amy Cooper said that “her whole life is being destroyed right now” after Christian Cooper posted a video on Facebook of their meeting in Central Park. The video arguably shows Amy Cooper threatening Christian Cooper’s freedom and very life while claiming he was the one who threatened his life and safety. This arguably shows that she has no problem lying even though that lie could wreak havoc in someone else’s life. And the video shows Amy Cooper changing the tone, tone and inflection of her voice while she’s with a 911 operator in order to send the message that she was being physically assaulted when no one else is. was assaulting at all. Each of these actions is bad, and Amy Cooper needs to own it all before she can rebuild her reputation and career.
Amy Cooper called police on Christian Cooper (unrelated) on Monday after he asked her to put a leash on her dog, then refused to stop recording him. Amy is a white woman and Christian is a black man, and they met in the wooded area of Ramble in Central Park. Two days later, investment firm Franklin Templeton fired Amy Cooper for what he described as racism.
Also on Monday, the same day Amy Cooper made a false report, Minnesota police killed a 46-year-old, fully tied and handcuffed black man named George Floyd. For several days, we have witnessed the outcry, anger, fires, riots and demonstrations in the streets of Minneapolis, St. Paul and various other American cities in response to this unjustifiable murder at the hands of Derek Chauvin and three other police officers, and it’s tragic. But let’s not forget Amy Cooper. Let’s not allow the amount of suffering and the Covid-19 pandemic to erase or overshadow what Amy Cooper did when she pretended to be attacked by Christian Cooper in Central Park the same day George Floyd was killed. Let’s take a closer look at how Amy Cooper damaged her reputation and career on that fateful Monday in Central Park.
Three things Amy Cooper did to damage her reputation and career
Although Amy Cooper has since apologized for his behavior and actions in Central Park, she always describes herself in terms of the victim. She said her life was “destroyed” by others since Christian Cooper’s Facebook video went viral. Apologizing, Amy says that “words are only words and I cannot undo what I have done, but I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone.” Oh, will someone help me tell Amy Cooper it’s about more than words?
What happened in Central Park had far-reaching consequences and was more than words. These apologies were apparently not enough to keep her job with Franklin templeton, and it won’t be enough for him to rebuild his reputation and his career either, because you must first own what you made before you can successfully fix it.
1. Amy Cooper relied on white privilege and displayed blatant racism.
Amy Cooper was the one who broke the rules in Central Park that day. She was walking her dog in an area that explicitly requested that dogs be kept on a leash. Yet when asked to follow this rule, Amy responded with the kind of superiority and outrage that could only be read as white privilege. His next move was to put the race in the middle of the episode by emphasizing Christian Cooper’s race and placing great importance on the fact that he is an “African American male.” She wasn’t just calling the police to claim that a man was threatening her. She went out of her way to let Christian know that if he didn’t stop recording it, she could get revenge on him by using her privilege to shout that an “African American man” was the one who had committed. the act.
Before calling the police, Amy Cooper first threatened to do so. In doing so, she was letting Christian Cooper know in the most pressing way possible that she had power over him; that she could use her race and gender to forget him; that she could really hurt him, if not destroy him, with just one phone call. Then she followed through on the threat and set things in motion so that he suffered for even daring to ask him to put a leash on his dog. Amy Cooper decided that Christian Cooper would indeed suffer for having the audacity to challenge his power and privilege.
The behavior displayed on the video is arguably racist. I don’t know if Amy Cooper is racist or not, but her behavior on the Monday in question was no different from what most people expect from racists. Using nothing other than the color of her skin, Amy sent the message that she was superior to Christian and that he had to step back in her place because he was a black man. It’s racist, and that kind of behavior can damage your reputation and your career. It also damages the credibility of a leader. And based on those posts, Franklin Templeton seems to think so too.
2. Amy Cooper brought up memories of Emmett Till and the white woman who lied to her.
The first thing I thought about after watching Christian Cooper Facebook video was the case with Emmett Till. I’ve been studying the Till case for the past few years, and the ease with which Amy Cooper lied is one of the scariest things she’s done that day. It was remarkable how winning at that point would cause Amy to create an entirely false narrative and then do whatever she saw fit on the call with the 911 operator to get the officials to believe the lie. Watching this uncomfortable and angry white woman go to unthinkable extremes to make a point is so scary it scares me to think about what would have happened if Christian hadn’t had the video recording.
Emmett Till was a 14-year-old black boy from Chicago. In 1955, his mother reluctantly allowed him to visit relatives in Mississippi. He was murdered three days after walking into a local store when the sales clerk, a 21-year-old white woman, told people, “I was just scared to death“from Emmett Till. She claimed that Emmett had been inappropriate and hissed at her among other things. The result was that Emmett Till was kidnapped from the house he was staying in, tortured for hours and then brutally murdered.
52 years later, Carolyn Bryant Dunham, admitted she lied and made up the story. Bryant Dunham kept that lie before Emmett Till was assassinated. She hung on – and told – this lie to make sure her husband and co-conspirator were found not guilty of murder, and she lied after divorcing her first husband and remarrying twice. She kept this lie as she led a comfortable life and raised her own children. And although she – Carolyn Bryant Dunham – admitted decades later that it was all a lie, she has never been held responsible for any of it. She never had to account for the murder or the pain her lie created.
Things in Central Park between Amy Cooper and Christian Cooper could have ended the same way. If there had been no video for this incident, how far would Amy Cooper have taken her lie? If it hadn’t been for the video, what horrors would Amy Cooper have inflicted on Christian Cooper?
3. Amy Cooper armed the police against Christian Cooper by feigning assault.
When Amy Cooper exalted her voice and played the damsel in distress on the 911 call, she put Christian Cooper’s life on the line. Notice in the video above how dramatic Amy Cooper has become. To increase the police’s sense of urgency, she changed her demeanor, raised the inflections in her voice, and stepped up her screams and animations, all in an effort to get the police to the scene as soon as possible. She put everything on the line to make sure that the person on the other end of the 911 call believed they were indeed being assaulted. She was trying to make sure that the only impression the individual could have was that his own life could be taken from him if he didn’t act quickly.
With her performance, Amy Cooper upped the ante and increased the likelihood that the police would not only show up in Central Park, but show up with guns ready to cause immediate harm to Christian Cooper. She upped the ante so that the police were prepared to do whatever they needed to do to keep her safe.
The very message Amy Cooper sent to Christian Cooper was that the police exist to serve and protect her. She was sending a loud and clear message that she thinks the police are working for their good and will work for Christian’s evil. Her actions left no doubt that she believed the police would do anything they wanted – even arrest, brutalize or kill Christian Cooper – and she was determined to punish him. And it was all based on the fact that Amy is white and Christian is black.
Yes, Amy Cooper can repair her reputation and her career after taking responsibility for destroying them.
Again, Amy Cooper says others are now destroying her life. This is where she is wrong. She did that. She has ruined her reputation and her career, and until she takes her share of the blame, nothing will improve. We all make mistakes as human beings. Sometimes we do bad things, but we can certainly fix and rebuild, and Amy Cooper can too. I firmly believe that she can repair this damage. She can rebuild your reputation and career, but it must first take full responsibility for its destruction.
I recommend that instead of complaining about how her life is now destroyed, Amy Cooper think about how so many people now believe that she tried to destroy Christian Cooper’s life. And instead of apologizing by saying that she basically used swear words on Monday, Amy needs to think about the above three things she’s done that have damaged her own reputation and career. After that, she can work to successfully repair the damage.
This article has been updated and changed from its original version on May 30, 2020.