'Make the change' - Christian Cooper speaks to kids about racism in America

Christian Cooper, the Black man a white woman called police on while bird watching in Central Park, spoke to students about the incident and gave them tools to help create change in my world.

News 12 Staff

Jun 10, 2020, 2:19 AM

Updated 1,446 days ago

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Christian Cooper, the Black man a white woman called police on while bird watching in Central Park, spoke to students about the incident and gave them tools to help create change in my world.
In video of the incident, Christian Cooper asked Amy Cooper to leash her dog. She called police and claimed an "African American man" was threatening her.
Christian Cooper is now using the incident to teach and discuss racial issues in our society.
"That racial bias that was involved in that little incident with me, is the same racial bias that got Eric Garner killed, it's the same racial bias that a few hours later got George Floyd killed," Christian Cooper said.
He said that Amy Cooper did not like that he was filming the confrontation and as it escalated, he kept recording. But most importantly, he kept his cool, which is one of the three main pieces of advice Christian Cooper gave the students.
"The person who remains calm wins," said Christian Cooper. "You do you and with great power comes great responsibility. Do it, go out there, make the change that you want to see in the world."
Christian Cooper also gave the students a breathing exercise he uses to help calm down and told them even during these difficult times, they have an incredible opportunity to make a change.


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