This week, former Marvel Comics writer and editor Christian Cooper hit the headlines after a video taken with his sister and comics writer Melody Cooper in which he was confronted by one Amy Cooper (no relation) in the park, while he was birdwatching. Christian asked Amy to leash her dog as the regulations stated, at which point Amy threatened to call the police and tell them she was being "threatened by an African American man" – and then did just that. The implication was clear, when the video went viral, and Amy Cooper lost both her dog and her job.
This paled in comparison however with the racial tension that overflowed this week in the state of Minnesota and across the United States after the killing of George Floyd by now-arrested police, the street protests and the arrest of a black CNN reporter halfway through his report. But the Central Park moment was still one referenced today by Joe Biden in a speech, in which he attempts to address racial troubles, concerns and challenges in which Joe Biden stated.
"Imagine if every time your husband or son wife or daughter left the house you feared for their safety from bad actors and bad police. Imagine if you had to have that talk with your child about not asserting your rights, taking the abuse handed out to them just so they could make it home. Imagine having police called on you just for sitting in Starbucks er or for renting an air B&B or watching birds. You know this is the norm black people in this country deal with, they don't have to imagine it. The anger and frustration and the exhaustion. It's undeniable but then that's not the promise of America."