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This Comic About Racism In The US Was Made 2 Years Ago, And The Artist Just Reshared It Saying Nothing Has Changed
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This Comic About Racism In The US Was Made 2 Years Ago, And The Artist Just Reshared It Saying Nothing Has Changed

Two years ago, a white woman went viral after a video was uploaded to the Internet showing her calling the cops on a few black folks for simply having a barbeque. Just a month or so later, another white lady made the headlines when she threatened to call the police on an 8-year-old black girl for selling water without a permit.

Eventually, these racist episodes inspired LA-based artist Obi Arisukwu to create a satirical comic.

“This comic strip may be the only comic I’ve made that dealt with racism,” Obi told Bored Panda. “It was ridiculous how many more [similar] videos popped up of white people calling the cops on black people for doing harmless things like entering a neighborhood pool or operating a kid’s lemonade stand on the sidewalk.”

According to the artist, the worst part about these videos is that they both showed how some white people viewed black folks as unworthy of occupying the same space as them and that the same white people were willing to weaponize the police as their personal bodyguards to make their point.

Sadly, recent events are proving that the strip is still relevant.

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“The reason I said nothing has changed is because of the recent video with Amy Cooper, the white woman who called the police on Christian Cooper, the black man, who was bird watching,” Obi explained.

Arisukwu is referring to a verbal dispute in Central Park that might have gone unnoticed as the city — just like the rest of the world — has been preoccupied with the coronavirus pandemic.

However, birdwatcher Christian Cooper pulled out his phone and captured Amy Cooper calling the cops to report she was being threatened by ‘an African-American man’.  He then posted the recording on Facebook and his sister shared it on Twitter, sparking a discussion on racism.

Sadly, it’s still relevant

Image credits: melodyMcooper

Because of these very recent events

Here’s the video

So, here are the facts: both Amy Cooper and Christian Cooper (no relation) were in Central Park’s Ramble, a wooded area, on Monday morning. Christian was bird-watching and Amy was walking her dog.

The New York City Parks Department requires that dogs have to be leashed in the Ramble, since the plants and wildlife in the area are cultivated and maintained for the public to enjoy. This means that Amy Cooper was violating that rule by letting her dog roam around off-leash (she later told CNN she knew it was against the rules).

Christian Cooper asked her to leash her dog (he said he did it calmly but according to Amy, Christian was yelling at her). As their conflict escalated, Christian started recording it, and you can hear who is yelling and who is being calm and polite. It’s Amy being the unreasonable one.

Amy later explained that she was alone in a wooded area when Christian came out of the bushes, and it freaked her out. She refused to leash the dog and according to Christian’s account on Facebook, he told her, “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.”

“I didn’t know what that meant. When you’re alone in a wooded area, that’s absolutely terrifying, right?” Amy told CNN.

Christian then called out to the dog and offered it dog treats. According to him, this is an effective strategy to get dog owners to leash their dogs.

Amy then stated that what Christian Cooper said had been a polite request turned into a conflict. As some reporters pointed out, that’s quite strange for someone who is scared for her life.

In return, Christian started recording, and the rest is history.

It got the lady fired and she lost her dog, too

Image credits: FTI_US

Police said that by the time they responded, both of them were gone.

In the fallout, investment firm Franklin Templeton quickly announced it had fired Amy Cooper, saying, “We do not tolerate racism of any kind.”

A group called Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue said it had custody of her dog for the time being. The pet could be heard coughing in the video after she clenched it by the collar with its front legs off the ground.

“One would think that after the original Permit Patty video and the many other viral videos that came after, these white people who tend to call the cops on harmless black people would’ve learned by now on why that’s not a good idea,” Arisukwu said. “As a black man, it angers me. As a logical human being, it’s downright perplexing.”

However, the artist is happy — and most importantly relieved — that Christian Cooper was able to walk away with his life. “Too many of my brothers and sisters have been wrongfully murdered due to racism. The most recent names of those we’ve lost are Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.”

“We need justice,” Arisukwu added. “We need change.”

Here’s how people reacted to the whole ordeal

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Amy Grant
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why no one is talking about the fact, that calling cops can be life threatening. They are like assassin service in some dictatorship country or what? Who gives them right to harm other citizen at all? What kind of twisted coutry it is?

Martha Meyer
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I agree. In the US even if there was reason I would really hesitate to call the cops on any black people. They might wind up dead!

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Ayça Güneş
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a 36 year old woman i really do not understand why skin color so much matter like this. Giving such importance to skin color is the most important sign of ignorance.

Hans
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As an European, I also do not get why "African American" is even mentioned in the video. What really infuriates mevis how she treats the dog. It would protect her from real danger, but she treat it like a piece of fashion.

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TheHerplover
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She is chocking the dog, only a sharp tug of the leash should be used to discipline a dog, and only when it is attacking a human being. She isn't using a leash, the dog was not doing anything wrong.

Laugh Fan
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know - that poor dog didn't do a damn thing wrong and that is what she does to some creature she is supposed to love? Is supposed to be so concerned gets exercise? As for the rest of her appalling behaviour - yeah she felt so 'threatened' she went charging up to this poor man and got so close he had to ask her to back off! Then really acted up a storm while on the phone. Repugnant human. I am so glad he got all this recorded.

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Amy Grant
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why no one is talking about the fact, that calling cops can be life threatening. They are like assassin service in some dictatorship country or what? Who gives them right to harm other citizen at all? What kind of twisted coutry it is?

Martha Meyer
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I agree. In the US even if there was reason I would really hesitate to call the cops on any black people. They might wind up dead!

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Ayça Güneş
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a 36 year old woman i really do not understand why skin color so much matter like this. Giving such importance to skin color is the most important sign of ignorance.

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As an European, I also do not get why "African American" is even mentioned in the video. What really infuriates mevis how she treats the dog. It would protect her from real danger, but she treat it like a piece of fashion.

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TheHerplover
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She is chocking the dog, only a sharp tug of the leash should be used to discipline a dog, and only when it is attacking a human being. She isn't using a leash, the dog was not doing anything wrong.

Laugh Fan
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know - that poor dog didn't do a damn thing wrong and that is what she does to some creature she is supposed to love? Is supposed to be so concerned gets exercise? As for the rest of her appalling behaviour - yeah she felt so 'threatened' she went charging up to this poor man and got so close he had to ask her to back off! Then really acted up a storm while on the phone. Repugnant human. I am so glad he got all this recorded.

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