Instead Of Just One Person Being Wrong, There Are Two.

This is a somewhat bizarre story where no one except the dog is totally right.

Amy Cooper was walking a rescue dog named “Henry” in the Bramble section of New York’s Central Park.

Christian Cooper, (no relation) a black male, asked the woman to put Henry on a leash as per the law. She refused.

Cooper then started to film the confrontation and it is not pretty:

Amy is seen calling the police saying a black man is threatening her life. At the same time, she is oblivious to what she is doing to the dog.

There’s no excuse for treating the dog that way. None. The dog is just, well, being a dog. Furthermore, Amy would not like it if she herself was being dragged around by the collar and lifted up in the air.

Of the three actors in this play, only Henry is innocent and cannot be accused of doing anything wrong.

Of course the internet has gone crazy with the idea that the woman – a “Karen” – called 911 reporting falsely that there was a black man threatening her life.

Luckily, no one took the call seriously or else this story could have been tragic if the cops had ascended onto the scene trying to “protect” the woman. Christian Cooper could have been injured – wrongfully injured by the police based on her Amy Cooper’s call.

But there is more to the story and a case can be made that Christian Cooper was not totally in the right as well.

From Christian Cooper’s Facebook page:

Central Park this morning: This woman’s dog is tearing through the plantings in the Ramble.
ME: Ma’am, dogs in the Ramble have to be on the leash at all times. The sign is right there.
HER: The dog runs are closed. He needs his exercise.
ME: All you have to do is take him to the other side of the drive, outside the Ramble, and you can let him run off leash all you want.
HER: It’s too dangerous.
ME: 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.
HER: What’s that?
ME (to the dog): Come here, puppy!
HER: He won’t come to you.
ME: We’ll see about that…
I pull out the dog treats I carry for just for such intransigence. I didn’t even get a chance to toss any treats to the pooch before Karen scrambled to grab the dog.
That’s when I started video recording with my iPhone, and when her inner Karen fully emerged and took a dark turn…

We can see how Christian Cooper’s words of “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” can be taken as a threat.

Christian says that he carries dog treats for just such occasions because he will call to the dog and the only way the owner can stop the dog from coming to him is to put the dog on a leash.

Amy Cooper has no idea if the man is trying to lure the dog away from her to steal it, or to draw her closer to him in order to get the dog or her.

She feels that there is a credible threat there. (Believe us when we say that we cringe in writing that. It is not a “threat” to us, but she may take it that way.)

Amy Cooper should have just put the dog on the leash and gone on her merry way.

Instead, what went from a request to follow the leash law turned into a “threat,” an attempt to lure the dog away from its owner and a ridiculous call to the police using race as the basis of the call.

Of course, there have been consequences:

Amy has now apologised over the incident after more than 11million viewers watched the video online.

She said: “I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family.

“It was unacceptable and I humbly and fully apologize to everyone who’s seen that video, everyone that’s been offended. Everyone who thinks of me in a lower light and I understand why they do.”

In a statement, her employer Franklin Templeton said: “We take these matters very seriously and we do not condone racism of any kind.

“While we are in the process of investigating the situation, the employee involved has been put on administrative leave.”

And after viewers contacted Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue about the treatment of the pooch, the rescue center has since confirmed the dog has been returned.

In a post on Facebook, it said: “Our mission remains the health and safety of our rescued dogs. The dog is now in our rescue’s care and he is safe and in good health.”

Good for Henry. We certainly hope that the little pup gets a good home with someone who will love him the way he deserves and that he loves them back with the same depth and intensity.

He’s the only one in this whole mess who is completely and totally innocent.

Certainly Christian Cooper might have been trying to do the right thing in reminding the woman that Henry needed to be on a leash, but trying to draw the dog away from its owner is more than just reminding people. He’s right in the reminding, wrong in the action of how he goes about it.

Amy Cooper is wrong as well, and wrong to a much greater degree than Christian Cooper. Keep the dog on a leash, Lady. How hard is that? There are reasons for leash laws and the fact that the dog ends up being choked by Amy herself shows one of them. Dogs on a leash can be controlled with greater ease than choking it by lifting it up in the air by the collar. Stop thinking that you are special and that the laws don’t apply to you and dog you are taking care of. And for the love of all that is holy, don’t assume that all black guys are threats to you.

Don’t be that person.

We were watching a video yesterday on a totally unrelated topic where the person in the video made what we think is a very astute observation:

The Covid has already affected everybody. It’s made ugly people uglier; mean people meaner; gracious people more gracious; and kind people more kind.

Truer words have seldom been spoken.

We have to wonder what would have happened if both Christian Cooper and Amy Cooper had decided to be gracious and kind rather than being confrontational and in the case of Amy Cooper, a complete and total jerk.

We’ll never know. We’ll never know how the stress of COVID-19 contributed to this situation, but we hope that people pull back and think before reacting like idiots and be seen as kind and gracious.

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