Central Park “Karen” “pulled the pin on the race grenade” when she called the cops on black bird-watcher Christian Cooper, he said in a new interview.
“She was going to tap into a deep, deep, dark vein of racism – that of racial bias – that runs through this country and has been done for centuries,” said Harvard educated Christian scientist. told Gayle King in a “Justice for All” special on CBS News.
“She basically pulled the pin on the race grenade and tried to grab it at me,” he added.
The white dog walker, whose real name is Amy Cooper, went viral after she was filmed calling the cops, telling the bird watcher she was going to “tell them an African-American man threatening my life.”
Their confrontation on May 25 sparked mass outrage over racism – just a day before the video of George Floyd’s police-custody death that finally sparked international anti-racism protests around the world.
“I don’t know whether it’s a racist or not,” Christian said of Amy, who is no relation. “I don’t know her life. I don’t know how she lives it. That act was unmistakably racist even if she knew it in the moment. “
“Not sure one’s life should be defined by 60 seconds of poor judgment,” he continued.
Christian said “a little bit of irony” was that their initial confrontation “had nothing to do with race” as he just wanted her to leash her dog in the park’s Ramble.
“It was just a conflict between a dog-walker and a birder,” he said.
Video of the exchange led to Amy getting called a “Karen,” a social media shorthand for overreacting white women. Mayor Bill de Blasio called it “racism, plain and simple.”
Amy – who later apologized for the incident – was fired from her job at the Franklin Templeton investment firm, while the Central Park Civic Association also called for her to be banned from the park.