By contrast, take the case of Amy Cooper, a white woman who falsely claimed to the police that an amateur bird-watcher, Chris Cooper, who is Black, had threatened her. After a public outcry, she was fired from her job. Although she received some form of restorative justice, an even better approach would have been her keeping her job while her employer demanded that she read and study more about race, Black masculinity, white privilege and social injustice. The loss of her job as an act of retributive justice left all these structural issues aside and merely shamed her without transforming her or using her circumstances to throw light on similar cases.He is falsely shaming and libeling her. Here is the Wikipedia account:
The Central Park birdwatching incident was a confrontation on May 25, 2020, between Amy Cooper, a white woman walking her dog, and Christian Cooper (no relation), a black man who was birdwatching, in a section of New York City's Central Park known as the Ramble. Amy Cooper's dog was unleashed in the Ramble, an area where leashing is required; she allegedly refused Christian Cooper's request that her dog be leashed. Christian then said, by his own account, "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," and beckoned the dog toward him with a dog treat. Amy responded by yelling "Don't you touch my dog!".The Black man is clearly threatening her, by his own account. He says he is going to do something to her that she will not like, in response to her unleashed dog. That is what a threat is. My dictionary defines it:
a statement of an intention to inflict pain, injury, damage, or other hostile action on someone in retribution for something done or not done.He did, in fact, inflict a lot of pain on her by getting her fired from her job, prosecuted, publicly humiliated, and subjected to about a dozen negative NY Times stories, in retribution for her unleashed dog and calling 911.
According to Wikipedia, she was forced into restorative justice, and "completed a five-session educational and therapeutic program focused on racial identity."
I am not saying that she is entirely innocent, but this was a trivial little argument between a White woman dog walker and a Black man bird watcher. He was at least as much at fault as she was, as he aggressively threatened her, publicly shamed her, and proceeded to ruin her life.
And yet the NY Times continues to try to shame her, and say that she deserves racial re-education schooling.
There is a pattern here. The newspaper dishonestly distorts all these incidents, racializes them, excuses the Black criminal behavior, and blames the White person. Before long, it will be saying that all Whites must be sent to re-education camps.