Why the “Amy Cooper” Bill Falls Short

Jacob Anthony Moniz

In June of this year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo showed support for legislation referred to as “the ‘Amy Cooper’ False Accusation Bill,” which would make it a hate crime to call the police and make a false accusation based on another person’s race, gender, or religion.

New York State Assemblyman Félix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn)1 introduced the bill in 2018. However, it gained traction in May after an incident involving a white woman named Amy Cooper who dialed 9–1–1 and claimed that she was being threatened by “an African-American man” in Central Park.2 […]

Why the “Amy Cooper” Bill Falls Short2020-09-01T14:32:27+00:00

To whom it may concern

Safeeyah Iverson

To Whom It May Concern,

To be blunt (because the time for propriety is long over), I am what a lot of you consider (and have said as much to my face) a different kind of black. I am what you are comfortable with. I represent what you think black people should be. I am the so-called difference between a black person and a nigger. But I am an adaptation. I am what my parents raised me to be so that I could survive in this country. And yet, when I see a police officer approaching me, I […]

To whom it may concern2021-01-07T22:30:11+00:00
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