Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Central Park Dog Lady (Amy Cooper): A More Complete Account

Yeah, I should have known we weren't getting the whole story:
Life is filled with nuance, with complexity. Take, for example, the case of Amy Cooper. Cooper is a 41-year-old white woman who worked at Franklin Templeton, an asset management firm. She was walking her dog without a leash in the Ramble section of Central Park when she was confronted by a black man named Christian Cooper (no relation). He told her to leash her dog; she refused. According to Christian, he then stated, "Look, if you're going to do what you want, I'm going to do what I want, but you're not going to like it." She asked what he meant. He then summoned her dog, planning to give the dog treats. "I pull out the dog treats I carry for just such intransigence," he explained.
So in this apparently isolated section of the park, a guy says to a woman he doesn't know:
"Look, if you're going to do what you want, I'm going to do what I want, but you're not going to like it."
Then he starts recording. Maybe she's an asshole. Maybe she's scared/flustered--likely a bit of both. What he said sounds more like a threat than what she said sounds like racism. Of course neither person may have understood what his/her own words seemed to suggest. People get flustered pretty quickly when even minor conflicts arise.
   Also: were the roles reversed, and were she confronting someone about violating a leash law, is there any doubt that she would be labeled a "Karen"? (That meme/trope irritates me. It's not even apt and not even funny. Shouldn't the left be bent out of shape about "name-ism" or some shit?)
   The progressive left basically makes it all up as it goes along. In a slightly different social mood, it might well side with her rather than him, claiming that he's a sexist or someone threatening a woman with the suggestion of sexual assault in response to a pretty minor breach of park rules.
   Well...OTOH...women always come last among favored groups on the left. Of course they're not like evil straightwhitemales--the worst of all possible demographic groups. But once you leave the basement of the progressive stack, women come last. Sexism has long been common on the extremist left. And now women--white women, anyway--come below even men pretending to be women. Will they ever come to recognize their low place in the hierarchy?
   Anyway. It's perfectly clear that it's not perfectly clear what happened. 

[Addendum: it does seem a little off that she keeps saying "African-American man"...but there's nothing overtly racist about it. As usual, it requires an act of interpretation/hypothesis. And, since the left sees racism everywhere, it "sees" it here. Her actions are far from exemplary. Hell, she could be a raging racist for all I know. But you can't prove it from this video. I mean....she doesn't come across as a pleasant person--but who does at their worst? And now she's lost her job. As a result of ambiguous--to say the least--actions unrelated to her employment. Worse, she lost her dog--though that's more clearly justified. WTH was she doing there? Pulling up on the leash/collar is a recognized way to keep the dog from pulling on the leash...but damn, she was hanging that poor little guy...]


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