There really is no excuse and this video that recently went viral is a perfect – albeit horrible – example of just that.
A man since identified as Christopher Cukor called the police on Michel (a black man) after he saw him waiting outside his apartment building, waiting for his friend to let him in.
Michel explained that he was waiting for a friend and could buzz them to let him in since they were out and he was waiting for them to get back. Cukor was having none of this, however, and called the police. Meanwhile, Cukor’s son cried and begged for him to leave, saying he trusted Michel.
It’s a pretty harrowing watch and utterly despicable that things like this still happen.
Horrible stuff, but somewhat brilliant when Cukor realises how terrible he’s been.
When the police did arrive, Cukor tried to claim that Michel threatened him with physical violence, but this was quickly dispelled when the video was played. No one was charged.
Christopher Cukor, according to his LinkedIn, is a YouTube executive and his since closed his social media accounts. In light of the shameful video, he wrote:
“My father was murdered outside his home by a trespasser who he confronted alone. For my child’s safety, my safety and that of the building, I felt it was necessary to get help in this situation. Furthermore, I’ve encountered trespassers in my building and we’ve been robbed several times. This is not uncommon in San Francisco and the bad actors are all different colors.
I now realize that Wesly was reacting based on his unique history as well. Unfortunately there is a terrible pattern of people calling the authorities regarding people of color for no other reason than their race. The last thing I ever intended was to echo that history — and I’m sorry my actions caused Welsy to feel unfairly targeted due to his race.”
Obviously the victim in this story is Wesly and the racism he was subjected to is and was absolutely deplorable, but you have to feel for Cukor’s son.
He seems like a very smart and commendable young man, begging his father to leave Michel alone, saying he trusts him.
Hopefully this is the last time I write about a story like this.
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Alfie Powell joined as an apprentice and was probably hired because he was likely the only person who applied. He's been blagging his way through writing articles for four years now and he's definitely showing signs of slowing down. When not writing for The Hook, Alfie finds time to indulge in his favourite hobbies, such as drinking and sitting down.Follow