字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 - Hey, what's going on everybody? You know what's really interesting about what's happening in America right now is that a lot of people don't seem to realize how dominoes connect, how one piece knocks another piece that knocks another piece and in the end creates a giant wave. Each story seems completely unrelated and yet at the same time, I feel like everything that happens in the world connects to something else in some way, shape, or form. And I think this news cycle that we witnessed in the last week was a perfect example of that. Amy Cooper, George Floyd, and the people of Minneapolis. Amy Cooper was, for many people I think, the catalyst, and by the way I should mention that all of this is like against the backdrop of coronavirus, you know? People stuck in their houses for one of the longest periods we can remember, people losing more jobs than anyone can ever remember. People struggling to make do more than they can ever remember, and I think all of that compounded by the fact that there seems to be no genuine plan from leadership. Like, no one knows what's gonna happen. You know, no one knows how long they're supposed to be good, how long they're supposed to stay inside, how long they supposed to flatten the curve. No one knows any of these things. And so what happens is you have a group of people who are stuck inside, all of us, our society, we're stuck inside. And we then start to consume, we see what's happening in the world and I think Amy Cooper was one of the first moments that, you know, one of the first dominoes that we saw get knocked down post-corona for many people. And that was a world where you quickly realized that, while everyone is facing the battle against coronavirus, black people in America are still facing the battle against racism and coronavirus. And the reason I say it's a domino is because, think about how many black Americans just have read and seen the news of how black people are disproportionately affected by coronavirus, and not because of something inherently inside black people, but rather because of the lives black people have lived in America for so long. You know, coronavirus exposed all of it. And now here you have this woman who, we've all seen the video now. Blatantly, blatantly knew how to use the power of, of her whiteness to threaten the life of another man and his blackness. What we saw with her was a really, really powerful, explicit example of an understanding of racism in a structural way. When she looked, when she looked at that man, when she looked at Cooper and she said to him, "I'm gonna call 911 and I'm gonna tell them "there's an African-American man threatening my life." She knew how powerful that was. And that in itself is telling, you know? It tells you how she perceives the police. It tells you how she perceives her perception or her relationship with the police as a white woman. It shows you how she perceives a black man's relationship with the police and the police's relationship with him. It's, it was, it was really, it was, it was, it was powerful. 'Cause so many people act like they don't know what, what black Americans are talking about when they say it, and yet Amy Cooper had a distinct understanding. She was like, "Oh, I know. "I know that you're afraid of interacting with the police, "because there is a presumption of your guilt "because of your blackness. "I know that, as a white woman, "I can weaponize this tool against you, "and I know that by the time we've sifted through "who was right or wrong, "there's a good chance that you will have lost "in some way, shape, or form." And so, for me, that was the first domino. And so now you're living in a world where so many people are watching this video. So many people are being triggered, because in many ways it was like a, it was like a gotcha. You know? It was like a, it was like the curtain had been pulled back, aha, so you do this. 'Cause it's always been spoken about, but this was like, it was powerful to see it being used. And I think a lot of people were triggered by that, a lot of people were like, "Damn. "We knew it was real, but this is like real, real." You know? I think a lot of people were so angry that some of the outrage that came to her was because of her dog. And I mean, I get it, you know? But it was, it was, a lot of people felt like, a lot of people felt like it would have been great if the dog shelters had the same, I guess, power or if police departments were run by the people who run dog shelters because they seem to act like this, they didn't waste time. They were like, "Nope, we'd like our dog back, lady." Which, I'm gonna be honest, I think was, that's was a, that was a, I mean, that was a hell of a punishment. Her job is one thing, taking a white lady's dog. That was a nice dog. Yeah, so that was the first domino, you know? It was the first domino where I felt like you could feel something stirring. And all of this, again, is in the backdrop, backdrop. It's, it's coronavirus has happened. The numbers have come out. You know, the story of Ahmad Aubery in Georgia, that story has come up, all of these things are happening. And then the video of George Floyd comes out, and I don't know what made that video more painful for people to watch, the fact that that man was having his life taken in front of our eyes, the fact that we were watching someone being murdered by someone whose job is to protect and serve, or the fact that he seemed so calm doing it, you know? Oftentimes we're always told that police feared for their life, it was like a threatened, and you know what? You always feel like an asshole when, when you're like, "You didn't fear for your life. "How, why did you fear for your life? "How did you fear?" But now more and more we're starting to see that it's like, no, it doesn't seem like there's a fear, it just seems like it's, you can do it so you did it. There was a black man on the ground in handcuffs, and you, you could take his life, so you did. Almost knowing that there would be no ramifications. And then again, everyone on the internet has to watch this, everyone sees it, it floods our timelines as people. And, and I think, one ray of sunshine for me in that moment was seeing how many people instantly condemned what they saw. You know? And maybe it's because I'm an optimistic person, but I don't think I've ever seen anything like that. Especially not in America, I haven't seen a police video come out and just see across the board. I mean, even Fox News commentators and, and police chiefs from around the country immediately condemning what they saw. No questions, not what was he doing, not just going, no, this, what happened here was wrong. It was wrong. This person got murdered on camera. And then the police were fired, great. But I, I think what people take for granted is, is, is how much, for so many people, that feels like nothing, you know? How many of us, as human beings, can take the life of another human being and then have firing be the worst thing that happens to us?