The story in a new comic centers on a black teenager with a love of bird watching. His magic binoculars show him images of people who've died at the hands of police, when a woman walking her dog threatens to call the cops on him. If that sounds familiar, that's no accident.
“It's inspired perhaps by what happened to me in the park, but also by other things that have happened to me in the park," said Christian Cooper, the writer behind "It's a Bird."
What You Need To Know
- Christian Cooper wrote a comic inspired by his racist confrontation in Central Park over an unleashed dog
- "It's a Bird" is the first installment in a digital series called “Represent!” by DC Comics
- Cooper uses the deadly consequences of systemic racism as his story's theme, invoking the stories of people like George Floyd and Breona Taylor to make a point
It’s the first installment in a digital series called “Represent!” by DC Comics. The avid birder draws from what's now his infamous encounter with a woman in Central Park, who called the police after he asked her to leash her dog.
"I think the only reason or one of the main reasons why what happened to me had so much legs is because it happened mere hours before what happened to George Floyd, and people could make the connection and say ‘ok this is what systemic bias does,’" said Cooper.
He’s using the deadly consequences of systemic racism as his story's theme, invoking the stories of people like Floyd and Breona Taylor to make a point.
"Adding that magical realist element lets you bring all those things together and show how they're really interconnected and how that systemic racism percolates up and colors and distorts,” Cooper said.
It's a return to his love of writing comic books, the first he's written in 20 years and one he hopes will appeal to youth and those driving the current fight against police brutality.
"I think this is something that young people need to, of all colors, of all races, need to start to understand to grapple with,” Cooper said.
Hoping his story, which is available for free, and everything happening in the current moment will bring real change.
"We have to keep the focus on the ones that matter and don't let anybody change the conversation" said Cooper.