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The “Central Park Karen” is suing her former employer for firing her.

I hope she wins. Karening is gross. But it’s not your boss’s business.

Amy Cooper became the object of an internet “two minutes hate” last year when she called 911 on a Black bird-watcher who asked her to leash her dog, per the rules, and told the police he was threatening her and her dog. Unfortunately for her, the guy’s cellphone video showed no such thing.

The viral video was viewed more than 45 million times. Cooper was internationally shamed as an emblematic wielder of white privilege used to oppress people of color. The shelter from which she adopted her cocker spaniel two years earlier took the animal away. She was charged with filing a false police report, a misdemeanor. She eventually got her dog back, and the charges were later dropped after she completed racial-sensitivity training. The birder, Christian Cooper (no relation), declined to cooperate with the district attorney’s investigation.

Amy apologized the day after her confrontation. “I don’t know if her life needed to be torn apart,” Christian explained about his decision not to help the DA, saying he released the video to make a broader point about white society’s scaremongering about Blacks rather than Amy specifically. Yet Franklin Templeton Investments, where she had been a head of insurance portfolio management, decided to do just that, joining the pile-on in an epic display of corporate cowardice. “We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton,” the company tweeted.

You don’t have to approve of Amy Cooper’s Karen act or consider the nuances of her exchange with Christian (“I’m going to do what I want, but you’re not going to like it,” he told her, which might well freak out a nicer person than Amy) to see the danger in allowing employers to become judge, jury and executioner for her conduct, which occurred outside work and was unrelated to her duties for Franklin Templeton.

Executioner is no exaggeration. A certain rabid segment of woke America believes that those who misbehave ought not to be allowed to hold a job and thus not be able to feed themselves or their children. Let them die.

Speech, they say — and behavior — has consequences. Indeed, they do. And it did for Amy Cooper. Her 911 call resulted in public shaming and a movement to get her banned from Central Park. For several weeks, she worried that she might never see her dog again. The legal system considered her crime, deemed prosecution unlikely to succeed and settled for reeducation. The appropriate venue for sanctions, if any, is the justice system, not the workplace. Firing her was inappropriate. It ought to be illegal.

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It is easy to imagine a case in which conduct off the job becomes fair cause for workplace cancel culture. Because the Associated Press had known and approved of news associate Emily Wilder’s online activism criticizing Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians before hiring her, they should not have fired her two weeks after she began in response to a write-in campaign by pro-Israeli Republicans. However, if the AP had not been aware of her stance and she had been assigned to cover the Middle East, a clear conflict of interest would have made it impossible for her to report credibly. In that theoretical situation, the AP should have reassigned her to a beat where she could be perceived as objective, or let her go.

All too frequently, workers are canceled by their bosses for engaging in speech that has no bearing on their job. A Berkeley, California, restaurant fired one of its employees because he attended the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. “The actions of those in Charlottesville are not supported by Top Dog,” read a sign on the hot dog joint’s door. “We believe in individual freedom and voluntary association for everyone.” Unless you’re a white supremacist. Then you’re supposed to be unemployed and homeless.

Bet that made the guy less racist.

The Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot prompted another surge of amateur detectives matching attendees to workplaces with the goal of getting them fired. An insurance company lawyer from Texas, an adjunct professor from Pennsylvania and a Chicago real estate agent were among many who joined the ranks of the jobless after their presence at the pro-Trump protest was unmasked.

Liberals have also been victims of livelihood cancellation. In 2004, Lynne Gobbell was famously fired by Enviromate, a company that made housing insulation, for driving to work with a John Kerry bumper sticker on her car. Because employment is at-will, neither Gobbell nor the right-wingers who have been canned over their politics had redress to the courts.

If the racist hot dog vendor and the rest broke a law (rioting, trespassing, etc.), let the authorities file charges. If the hot dog guy insults customers due to their race while at work, fire him. Except for egregious conflict cases — the Catholic Church shouldn’t have to keep you on the payroll if you blog that God doesn’t exist — employers should stay out of their workers’ outside-work activities. Free speech means nothing if you have to worry about losing your job, your health insurance and your home every time you open your mouth, carry a sign or say something on social media.

 
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  1. Angharad says:

    Re: Amy Cooper – just like the infamous Rodney King video – the story was disastrously “edited”. The Negro in the bushes was is a homosexual trolling for gay sex in the bushes. He was trying to scare Cooper away. And considering the outrageous level of black on White crime – the robberies, assaults, rape rape rape and murder – ANY White woman is completely justified in a visceral fear at the sight of negroes. Amy Dindu Nuffin.

  2. I’m glad she got her dog back. She’s just lucky not to be in prison. She needs to get the fuck out of the city. The woke are agressive, vicious and proud of it.

    Good to know the bird watcher declined to join the lynch mob. The black guy and the dog are the good guys in this story.

    • Replies: @BuelahMan
  3. The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy:
    Thesis: __A___ hates me because I am __B___
    Rebuttal: As __A___, I do not hate you because you are __B___
    Thesis Resolved: You lie __A___, I, as ___B___ must destroy you __A___
    Resolution: __A___ becomes __A___, and destroys __B___
    Prophecy Fulfilled.

    • Replies: @goldgettin
  4. @Nahda Rielnaim

    Problem,Reaction,Solution is over 1000 yrs.old.It works.

    “Controversy equalizes fools and wise men,and the fools know it”.

    “A world of sheep,run by wolves.and owned by pigs”.

    The human condition…where few hearts survive.

  5. PJ London says:

    “Except for egregious conflict cases — the Catholic Church shouldn’t have to keep you on the payroll if you blog that God doesn’t exist”
    The God is Dead school of theology (the phrase was coined by Nietzsche in 1882), a subject of academic debate for several years
    In the 1960s there were long and very serious debates among multiple religious faiths including Catholics where the existence of God were debated.
    Educated religious leaders were inclined under the question;
    “If God exists and is omnipotent, omnipresence, how can allow the evil to exist?”, to believe and defend the view that God is dead.
    No one of any faith was excommunicated or forced from the religious community whatever their viewpoint.
    This cancel culture is a development for social control and was perfected by the Russian-East German and Chinese to control through coercion and not by force.
    It is inspired by he Frankfurt School of thought (and thought control)
    Frankfurt School (1941-6)
    1. The creation of racism offences.
    2. Continual change to create confusion
    3. The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children
    4. The undermining of schools’ and teachers’ authority
    5. Huge immigration to destroy identity.
    6. The promotion of excessive drinking
    7. Emptying of churches
    8. An unreliable legal system with bias against victims of crime
    9. Dependency on the state or state benefits
    10. Control and dumbing down of media
    11. Encouraging the breakdown of the family
    One of the main ideas of the Frankfurt School was to exploit Freud’s idea of
    ‘pansexualism’ ~ the search for pleasure, the exploitation of the differences between the sexes the overthrowing of traditional relationships between men and women.

    To further their aims they would:
    • attack the authority of the father, deny the specific roles of father and mother, and wrest away from families their rights as primary educators of their children.
    • abolish differences in the education of boys and girls
    • abolish all forms of male dominance ~ hence the presence of women in the armed forces
    • declare women to be an ‘oppressed class’ and men as ‘oppressors’
    ‘We will make the West so corrupt that it stinks.’

    Seems to me to be succeeding.

  6. The shelter from which she adopted her cocker spaniel two years earlier took the animal away.

    So in other words, the ones who are triggered by everything and who care more about everything than their target for today’s two minutes of hate didn’t consider the trigger they effected to the poor dog’s feelings when they tore it from the woman who had cared for it for two years.

  7. To the more informed than I -(which are most). Is it also getting to the point in uber-woke America that places of employment are inquiring if prospective employees hold certain opinions or not before being hired? What info do you have?

  8. Mr. Rall is wrong. Everything you do in your life on or off the job speaks to your judgment. A worker who shows poor judgment off the job will show poor judgment on the job. It is unfortunate that today we disallow all sorts of valuable questions in job interviews (about dating, marriage, religions) that show a person’s judgment. The Central Park “Karen” should be terminated from this job and no one ever again should employ her … except maybe to quietly work on a custodial crew late at night with minimal human contact. We would live in a better country if we moved to China’s system of grading people’s social conduct and limiting what they are allowed to do if they are bad citizens.

  9. meamjojo says:

    Actions have consequences. Perhaps she will think before she makes her next false accusation. I would have fired her also. I probably would have fired her previous to this incident because as Harry Huntington writes ” A worker who shows poor judgment off the job will show poor judgment on the job.”

    She should have been put in public stocks where people could taut her and throw rotten fruit at her. Then she should have been made to wear a scarlet “K” for a few weeks or months whenever she left her home.

  10. Rahan says:

    Soon, social darwinism will select for people who, when random blacks jump out of the bushes, instantly shoot those blacks, and then pretend nothing happened and just go on with their lives.

    Because trying to react by following the law will be self-selection into oblivion.

    As an increasing number of Asian grannies viciously attacked by “white supremacist” blacks are currently finding out, if you believe mainstream media and the system as such, this is a death sentence.

    Believing mainstream media and the system has become not just bad for your health, but actually lethal. If you live your life according to the worldview system they peddle, you get mugged, raped, and stabbed.

    And that’s not even counting the larger context of what happens if you believe their “believe science” stuff about the food you eat and the meds you are overprescribed. Which also selects for a painful protracted demise of the credulous.

    But if you are visible and vocally skeptical, the system also crushes you. So the selection is for “the quietly and invisibly cynical”. Not really healthy, but that’s the system right now.

  11. Anonymous[269] • Disclaimer says:

    Amy Cooper is a stupid person but I think it’s a safe bet that Franklin Templeton DOES tolerate racism on the part of its black employees.

  12. Roger says:
    @Harry Huntington

    “Everything you do in your life on or off the job speaks to your judgment.” Right.

    “A worker who shows poor judgment off the job will show poor judgment on the job.” Also right.

    “Mr. Rall is wrong.” Wrong.

    I do not usually agree with Ted Rall, but in this instance, I am with him 100%. No one should be fired from a job because of extra-curricular activity unless that activity affects workplace productivity, either directly or indirectly. Political leanings and personal opinions should have no place in the relationship between employer and employee unless they create a verifiable discord and tension at work. The only thing that should matter to an employer is whether an employee performs the work, while on the clock, according to the requirements the job position entails.

    An employer could stipulate that outside activity which detracts from the company’s image is forbidden and might lead to firing, BUT that stipulation would have to be presented at the time of hiring or spelled out, prior to the offense, so that the employee knew, beyond shadow of doubt, that the actions could lead to termination. IF this was not done by the employer, then there would be no grounds for firing and a lawsuit for wrongful termination would be in order. However, in the case of “at-will” employment (where either the employer or the employee can terminate the contract for any reason), there is no recourse to legal action and the parties just move on, no matter how egregious the reason.

    Personal judgment and discretion are individually gained by making mistakes AND learning from them. I dare say this woman has learned a lot and will never repeat that particular error, making her a better person. All of us have been there. All of us have had to admit wrong. All of us become better by changing the way we interact with others. Does this mean that we should live in fear of our job? Does it mean that we should be subject to a system, Chinese-style, where we are afraid to do anything which is not socially “acceptable” and we are “graded” on our behavior by others who may or may not know us? Does this mean that society becomes a bland mass of uniformity? Absolutely no black sheep allowed! Did I just make a “racist” statement?

    Rall is right. This was a matter for law to settle, as it apparently was. She should not have been fired because she was a “bad person”, but because she was a bad employee.

    “Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?” — Luke 6:41

  13. anon[374] • Disclaimer says:

    “Because the Associated Press had known and approved of news associate Emily Wilder’s online activism criticizing Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians before hiring her, they should not have fired her two weeks after she began in response to a write-in campaign by pro-Israeli Republicans. ”

    Chickens are coming home to roost . They always come. I am neither happy nor sad over the fate of Amy Copper .

    Invisible scale of justice works for the society and for the nation the way the society nor the nation wants .

  14. Wow! Ted is actually sane!!? He is actually against totalitarian cancel culture? Can this possibly be true?

    Can monkeys fly out my ass?

    I am astonished that Ted is actually able to think straight for once in the last 10 years.

    Should we celebrate? What can we do to support Ted’s return to some semblance of sanity?

    Suggestions anyone?

  15. Yee says:

    Are you insane?

    Any boss who stupid enough to keep her should prepare to get framed up sexually assault if he dare to give her an unfavorable annual appraisal…

  16. The Police State the US has become wants people to keep their mouths shut and their opinions to themselves. What is freedom of Speech if you lose your job (and your family’s health coverage) if you say or text something unpopular? We now have social media censoring impolite speech at the behest of Congress; a clear violation of the First Amendment. Once lost, such rights never return.

  17. BuelahMan says:
    @WorkingClass

    If what Angharad said above is true, this guy may have reason to NOT pile on, as to have his real motives illuminated.

  18. saying he released the video to make a broader point about white society’s scaremongering about Blacks rather than Amy specifically.

    It’s not scaremongering when statistics on rape and violence show black males are a menace to Whites, and especially to White women.

    A. Cooper should’ve left the area immediately.

    And FTW for whinging over this incident while Cannon Hinnant and Cash Gernon are memory-holed.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  19. @meamjojo

    Wow. You sound like lots of fun at parties.

    Seriously, have you never done anything foolish? Are there any incidents in your past life (or your future!) which might result in other people finding your actions offensive?

    • Replies: @meamjojo
  20. America has changed.

    In the 1970’s the Confederate Flag was fine. Confederate statues were fine. Ex-soldiers of the Third Reich were just ‘former soldiers of a past war’ and nothing else. People looked to the future instead of obsessing with the past, because it released us from the chains of guilt, regret, and spite.

    America used to be the land of liberty, where people let bygones be bygones. Forgiveness of others was forgiveness of ourselves and mankind.

    This new paradigm of measuring everything against perpetual injustice and injury is a sickness of the soul. It reeks of foreign origin.

  21. meamjojo says:
    @Bizarro World Observer

    What she tried to do wasn’t “foolish”, it was STUPID.

  22. @Sick of Orcs

    It’s not scaremongering when statistics on rape and violence show black males are a menace to Whites, and especially to White women.

    Black homos aren’t a danger to white women. Neither of the Coopers are worth listening to. The dog is the only credible witness. If the dog didn’t lunge at him, Mr C gets the benefit of the doubt. As she had called the police, he had every right to record the incident in his defense.

    However, firing her for her overreaction is itself is a far worse overreaction on the employer’s part. Three wrongs don’t make a right. The employer should get a taste of this cancel culture. Whatever one may think of Dinesh D’Souza, his readers made Costco feel real pain for pulling his book from their shelves. We should be doing more of the same.

  23. In future reparations will have to be paid to victims of the WoKe Klux Kan

  24. The “Central Park Karen” is suing her former employer for firing her.

    I’m curious what the legal theory of this lawsuit is. Is it a defamation suit that she was wrongly denounced as a racist? Then it’s not really for firing her, but for making a gratuitous and false statement about the firing. Is it a contract dispute over her employment contract’s termination clause? If so, then it won’t have much relevance to normal people who work without contracts.

    I ask because while there is some agreement that people’s non-work lives shouldn’t be under the omniscient jurisdiction of their employers, what would such protection look like? After all, to the extent that freedom of association still exists, it applies to employers too. If Amy Cooper’s employer couldn’t fire her for extracurricular Karening, they could still just fire her without saying why. Perhaps that would nevertheless be an improvement: less virtue signalling by employers.

  25. @Harry Huntington

    We would live in a better country if we moved to China’s system of grading people’s social conduct and limiting what they are allowed to do if they are bad citizens.

    We now already live in that country (except that since we’re Americans, the grading and punishment is outsourced to the private sector). Is the country better now?

  26. @Harry Huntington

    To me what you say is self-evident. And most important if a “white” ethic culture is to be restored or maintained to allow actual “whites” or other civilized people to survive without their being sitting ducks for the new barbarians. What one does off the job one does on the job for sure. To take a very classical example, you cannot be a mafioso doing some drug traffic to complete your revenues off the job without being such a mafioso on the job, without privileging the same contacts on the job and helping the same bandits to be hired as you deal with them off the job. You cannot be a communist during your leisure time only. America is now subject to rampant jewish supremacism because it one believed one could be a perfect citizen of the American republic on the job while being a Jewish supremacist everywhere else in your life.

  27. Resartus says:
    @Harry Huntington

    We would live in a better country if we moved to China’s system of grading people’s social conduct and limiting what they are allowed to do if they are bad citizens.

    Makes you wonder, how that large group of Lefties in the 90s, who wanted to tell the Government what the Feds could or could not, spend their money collected in taxes on…..
    Would be treated today, especially with the proposed tax increases….

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