An Open Letter to Christian Cooper from your Black Brothers

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Dear Christian,

Your heart is in a high place.  Your manner in the heat of the moment in Central Park, and the grace with which you have carried yourself in the media is exemplary.  Every now and then, certain people come along who are just too big to lead in their time. Which leads me to your statement that you will not cooperate with the Manhattan DA’s office because Amy Cooper has suffered enough since the May encounter.   Justly so, she has only herself to blame for her damaged career and reputation.    While we do not disagree that most people in a medium like Twitter or cable news want to exact vengeance for ratings and more likes, your principled call for mercy is missing one thing – we were all victims. Amy Cooper violated you and endangered all black men.  The tragic demise of our brother George Floyd hours later in Minneapolis bears this out.  The statistics reveal thousands of Black males being threatened without a camera and this case cannot get dropped.  The National Registry of Exonerations confirms that most Americans framed and exonerated for crimes are black men.  This is a serious plague that has gone unvaccinated for far too long.

Furthermore, the people of New York City were also defrauded of their police service’s resources.  This act was both fraud and defamation.

Let us appeal to you from the lens of our brothers and sisters in South Africa who underwent the Truth and Reconciliation Commission post-Apartheid.  It was a successful, retrospective venue, that helped the country propel into the future.  America is not there yet.  Amy Cooper and her lawyers are still vacillating between her guilt and the truth.  Your central virtue is that you understand we need reconciliation.  But the public’s laws have to operate, and Ms. Cooper needs to be sanctioned and held accountable  for that to occur. 

There are three audiences.  Black men who need these false accusations stopped.  Mendacious whites who need to know they have no privilege to treat people like that.  And prosecutors around the world, who need to see the example of applying the law here.  The law is a social contract that we all have to follow, and all have to support.  Amy Cooper broke the law against you, but the law belongs to the public.  And we plead with you to do your part to enforce it.

Kevin A. Pemberton, MBA

Teka E. Thomas, Esq.