I completely agree on all points and in fact had a lot more to say but 
Robin's succinct message gets to the heart of the matter. Robin, thank 
you for putting it so well.



On 5/26/2020 8:29 PM, Robin Cisne wrote:
> Magnus, your last paragraph linking unleashed dog-walking to the 
> depravities of colonialism is an ambitious overreach, and an 
> outrageous conjecture unsupported by fact.  I assume you meant to type 
> "setting their /dogs/ on birds and people."  No evidence has been 
> offered, either in this forum or by Christian Cooper, that any owners 
> of unleashed dogs have deliberately sicced 'em on innocent bird 
> watchers.  You are not a victim.
>
> I am a birder and the responsible, unarrogant owner of a frequently 
> unleashed dog who is not permitted to bother people (and generally 
> ignores them anyway).  The great outdoors is big enough for all of us, 
> even for people eager to police others.
>
> //
>
>
>
> On Tue, May 26, 2020 at 7:40 PM Magnus Fiskesjo 
> <magnus.fiske...@cornell.edu <mailto:magnus.fiske...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
>
>
>     Connecting to the recent discussion here, about arrogant
>     dog-owners, this case in Central Park, NYC is relevant.
>
>     The sister of the birdwatcher in the incident sent around his
>     original film, which is going viral and reaching millions now:
>     https://twitter.com/melodyMcooper/status/1264965252866641920
>
>     The BBC reports: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52759502
>
>     But, because the birdwatcher who reminded the woman she is
>     required to have her dog leashed in the park, was a Black man,
>     Christian Cooper, most attention has understandably turned to her
>     astounding attempt to call in the police on account him being a
>     Black person -- and less attention seems to be paid to her
>     arrogance against our feathered friends ... which is why he told her.
>
>     Some people online have tried to highlight the guy's identity as a
>     birdwatcher also.
>
>     Here is Christian Cooper the man talking about the excitement of
>     birdwatching:
>     https://twitter.com/JoshuaPotash/status/1265338098256424973
>
>     Also his friend said this - turns out he's a TV host, “Birds of
>     North America”:
>     https://twitter.com/JasonWardNY/status/1265353355150450690
>
>     All in all, I think this incident actually brought out how the
>     arrogance of the dogowners setting their down on birds and people,
>     is actually intimately related to the deeper history of
>     colonialist appropriation (the "I, me, mine" selfishness of
>     grabbing, owning, excluding others), and the racism that goes with
>     it ... and apraently lurks right under the surface, consciously or
>     not.
>
>     (ps. I live in both Ithaca and NYC and often birded in Central
>     Park, and I often have chatted with fellow birdwatchers while
>     waiting for birds in the Ravine and other places. I think I may
>     have run into Cooper a few years ago)
>
>     --Sincerely,
>     Magnus Fiskesjö, PhD
>     Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University
>     McGraw Hall, Room 201. Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
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