Fired for Racism, Amy Cooper Sues Former Employer for, Well, Racism

Remember when Amy Cooper, a White woman, had her dog off the leash and Christian Cooper (no relation), a Black man, asked her to put her dog back on the leash? This was a perfectly reasonable request, and it all escalated to Ms. Cooper calling the police on Mr. Cooper and, well, it didn’t turn out as Ms. Cooper expected, did it?

Her employer, Franklin Templeton, acted swiftly.

Note a key phrase here: “internal review.”

Ms. Cooper is now suing Franklin Templeton, claiming that she’s a victim of racial discrimination. If she weren’t White, Ms. Cooper claims, they would have conducted a thorough investigation rather than terminating her so quickly.

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13 thoughts on “Fired for Racism, Amy Cooper Sues Former Employer for, Well, Racism

  1. -_-

    Once again for the people in the back, white people cannot experience racism in a white supremacist society that is set up to favor them. Racism is systemic oppression. Yes, white people can experience prejudice (and that’s not surprising, coming from people we’ve oppressed for centuries), but not racism.

    New York is an at-will employment state. Being racist is not a protected class. I am not a lawyer, but this lawsuit has no merit I can see other than proving that she’s a huge racist.

    1. If you consider us a “white supremacist society” then you have bought into the “Critical Race Theory” nonsense and are therefore racist yourself. People who expect all races to be treated identically are the non-racists.

      1. Well, Amy Cooper certainly didn’t “expect all races to be treated identically.” She knew full well that calling the Police and falsely claiming that Christian Cooper was assaulting her could, conceivably, lead to his death, and that his race made that outcome multiple times more likely than had they been the same race. White privilege dies hard.

      2. If by “treating all races equally,” you mean the police reducing the rate at which they murder Black suspects to the same rate at which they murder white suspects, I would be OK with that.

    2. I have heard that definition of racism before, but the first dictionary definition in Merriam-Webster just states –
      1 : a belief that race is a fundamental determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.

      It’s also not how the word “racism” is commonly used, which is usually just “discrimination based on race.”

      So I think it’s a weird argument to then say, “white people cannot experience racism” when the way it is normally used, and also the dictionary, both agree that they can.

      I think you mean to say, “Identity politics is trying to redefine the definition of racism, the new definition is pretty popular, and by this new definition only white people can be racist.”

      I also do not live in the USA. Does that mean that only black people in my country can be racist? Hardly. We have racist people of all colours. Lucky us.

      1. The law does, in fact, say that discrimination against someone because they are white (or any other color) is racism. And there’s case law that says it means what it says (and the US Constitution requires it under the equal protection clause).

        From what I’ve seen in other sources, her lawsuit isn’t based on a claim of an insufficient investigation on the part of the company, it’s based on a claim that she was treated differently specifically because she is white – that a black employee would have gotten a more thorough investigation. The claim, on its face, has legal merit. (Whether or not she can back it up is up to the jury, and I suspect it’s a steep hill to climb.)

        1. No, the law does not say that “discrimination against someone because they are white (or any other color) is racism.”

          The law says discrimination based on race is illegal. It says nothing about what racism is or isn’t.

          Someone needs to tell Ms. Cooper that the best thing to do when one finds oneself in a hole is to put down the shovel and stop digging.

      2. The definition of racism she was using is the one used by social scientists, who insist that — without a power disparity present — you can have racial bias, but not racism. And, no, it has nothing to do with so-called identity politics or falsely claiming that only white people can be racists. Any time a dominant group oppresses a subordinate group based on race, that’s racism, regardless of the race of the oppressors.

      3. Thank you, that is the best explanation I have heard so far and this definitely has been a journey. It does not matter where on this globe you live, that dictionary definition of racism is universal, genderless, ageless and colorless.

  2. Granted this woman is hardly a model of unbias opinion but in terms of the letter of the law, versus perceived meaning, an argument can be made for her point about the process of the termination. She’s definitely not going to get the position back but she could get some compensation as to the timeline and whether they had all paperwork in a complete lineup in her work file. Even though New York is a right-to-work state, even those states need certain write-ups (reasons) in place to terminate an employee.

    1. No, read Suzanne’s comments – all the company has to do legally is demonstrate their honest belief that her behavior reflected poorly on the company, and consistency in punishment. Unless they neglected to fire someone else for similar behavior, given the video, this is a no-brainer.

  3. Wow. I guess after the past few years in the US, I shouldn’t be surprised that there are people who will defend this woman, but – I am still surprised that there are people who think racism is OK.

    (But then – there are white people who benefit enormously from racism, so there’s that.)

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