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Video of white woman calling police on black man in Central Park draws outrage

Sarah Best

1st June 2020

Last week footage of an incident between a white woman and a black man that took place in New York went viral, and led to fierce debate about everyday racism.

Christian Cooper was walking in Central Park in a particular location known for bird watching, and where dogs are required to stay on a lead. Cooper asked a woman to put her dog back on its lead. After a number of exchanges, the dog's owner, Amy Cooper ended up calling the police and said: "I'm going to tell them there's an African American man threatening my life." In response, Christian Cooper says: "Tell them whatever you like."

The footage and article could be used as part of a discussion about racism, and also for The Media (social networks) in how footage such as this is shared and the social discourse about the nature of this confrontation.

Sarah Best

Sarah is a passionate full-time Head of Sociology and Psychology and has worked in a variety in schools in the UK, and she is currently working in a British international school. She is keen to develop and boost the profile of both subjects.

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