Life comes at you fast when you get caught being racist on video. Central Park Karen aka Amy Cooper, the woman who abused her white privilege to weaponize calling the cops on a Black on Memorial Day, has been fired from her job.
This is where we point out this means that Ms. Cooper was fired on her day off.
Yesterday (May 25), a video that showed Cooper indignantly calling the cops on a man named Christian Cooper (no relation) for having the audacity to ask her to put her dog on a leash went viral. Twitter was outraged at what many have witnessed time and again, a white person dangerously calling the police on a Black person knowing it could doom the latter.
Twitter immediately got to work, identifying Amy Cooper and her place of employment—investment management company Franklin Templeton. Before the day was over, the dog she was almost absent-mindedly choking while making her false claims was removed from her home while her employer announced she was placed on leave.
Today (May 26), she offered up a weak apology. “I’m not a racist. I did not mean to harm that man in any way,” she told NBC New York,. Note, the audacity of this sentence considering she repeatedly told the police her and her dog were being threatened by an African American man, who fortunately was filming the interaction. She even told CNN she was “scared.”
Because someone having the nerve to ask you to follow the rules must be terrifying in 2020.
And now, Franklin Templeton read the writing on the Twitter wall and straight-up fired Amy Cooper. They issued the following statement: “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.”
But is the NYPD doing to arrest her for reporting a false crime, though?
Peep the reactions to Ms. Cooper’s well-deserved sacking below.
Two points:— Heidi N. Moore (@moorehn) May 26, 2020
We shouldn't play into respectability politics -- NO one deserved what Amy Cooper was about to do, no matter how they spoke or looked.
Oh my God he seems like an amazing soul with the purest possible love of his topic. https://t.co/1mWYZsYPan
I do not endorse Amy Cooper's actions, I am simply concerned that we're becoming a society where you can't even threaten a stranger with police violence while torturing a dog without having to worry about being placed on paid administrative leave— Law Boy, Esq. (@The_Law_Boy) May 26, 2020
I keep thinking about that shift in the register of Amy Cooper's voice, to make it sound like she was actively being attacked while on the phone. How she knew exactly what that inflection would signal to the person on the other end of the line. It was a lie. It's so egregious.— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) May 26, 2020
6. Also, they’re fittin’ to ban her from Central Park. Bruh…
“On Tuesday, Michael Fischer, president of the Central Park Civic Association, issued a statement, censuring Amy Cooper and calling for her to be banned from Central Park.”— ⚓️🚢Imani Gandy 🚢⚓️ (@AngryBlackLady) May 26, 2020
AMY COOPER IS ABOUT TO GET BANNED FROM CENTRAL PARK. 😂 https://t.co/K36DhFCeUY
For those feeling bad for Amy Cooper being fired, just imagine if the cops had shown up based on her hysterical, racist, deceitful & illegal call. What would have happened to Christian Cooper if there was no video?— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) May 26, 2020
The Minneapolis choking video is why the Amy Cooper video matters. Calling the police with a fabricated threat is an act of violence.— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) May 26, 2020
George Floyd was murdered yesterday after a cop kneeled on his neck for several straight minutes, after he had already been put in handcuffs. They responded to a call about George potentially writing a bad check. This is why we don’t accept Amy Cooper’s “apology”. https://t.co/6pqSGIwNDs— Mykie (@GlamandGore) May 26, 2020
Amy Cooper is jobless.— Jessica Fyre 💫 (@TheJessieWoo) May 26, 2020
Congrats 🍾🎈🎊 y’all did dat! pic.twitter.com/RxC2C2QPjS
Damn. Amy Cooper is officially crowned #CentralParkKaren.— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) May 26, 2020
Joins "BBQ Becky" and "Permit Patty" in an inglorious sorority.
The Hall of White Woman Infamy.
Is there a betting pool for which white lady will best all the other white ladies to give Amy Cooper the racist rehabilitation interview all the networks are working on?— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) May 26, 2020