Earlier this week, a viral video of a white YouTube employee calling the police on a Black man waiting for his friend at a San Francisco condo sparked a national conversation about racism.
However, the discussion was not only centered around the man’s decision to dial 911 on a Black man for nothing but also focused on the little boy begging his father to hang up the phone.
On July 4, software engineer Wesley Michel was waiting for his friend when Christopher Cukor approached him and demanded to know if he lived in the building. In the video recorded by Michel, Cukor persistently asked Michel the name of his friend, and when he refused to give it, Cukor called 911.
Meanwhile, Cukor’s young son was seen begging his father not to call the police on Michel.
“Daddy, please don’t. I agree with him, daddy. Please don’t! I don’t like this. I don’t like this. Let’s go,” Cukor’s son said.
The child’s ability to understand this was a situation of racism and his determination to stop his father was immediately noticed by people on social media.
However, some people couldn’t help but worry about the discriminatory behavior Cukor was teaching his son firsthand.
In this particular instance, the son stood up to his father and attempted to mediate the situation, even though he is a child, but many wondered if there will be other situations wherein Cukor’s bias will be passed down to his son.
What’s more, people could not believe the only person who sensed Michel was not an actual trespasser was a kid.
After the video was published to Facebook and Cukor was called out for his racist behavior, the YouTube employee published a Medium post apologizing to Michel and explaining his side of the story.
Cukor said he called the police because in 2012 his father was tragically murdered while confronting an unknown man outside his home in Berkeley, California.
“For my child’s safety, my safety and that of the building, I felt it was necessary to get help in this situation,” Cukor wrote. “Furthermore, I’ve encountered trespassers in my building and we’ve been robbed several times.”
Cukor said he didn’t mean to continue in the “terrible pattern of people calling the authorities regarding people of color for no other reason than their race,” and he apologized to Michel for making him feel “unfairly targeted due to his race.”
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