Christopher Cukor

14 Jul 19
News Directory

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12 Jul 19
Equal Justice Society

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12 Jul 19
Nappy Newz

Screenshot: Wesley Michel (Facebook) None of us know Christopher Cukor well enough to make cuckold jokes, but trust me, I know we all want to. Cukor was thrust into the African-American zeitgeist the way that most white people throughout history have thrust themselves into African-American history: by minding other people’s business.

12 Jul 19
Other People's Videos

It’s about how we look at each other, of which race is only a part.

11 Jul 19
CW33 Dallas / Ft. Worth

[ooyala player_id=”f5c333b0ed234aa5859d68a57e0c8177″ auto=”true” width=”1920″ height=”1080″ autoplay=”true” pcode=”p5YTUyOvPTemQ78J8E5WHrwY2NY9″ code=”U4NWc1aTE6Oal_Y_LTLEKTWXij53p6wR”] Christopher Cukor has apologized after calling the police on a black man outside a San Francisco apartment building.

11 Jul 19
AFROINSIDER

The white man who called police and accused a Black software engineer waiting for his friend of trespassing says race had nothing to do with his decision to call the cops.Christopher Cukor was filmed calling police on a Black man who “refused to identify himself” while waiting for a friend outside a Bay Area apartment […]

11 Jul 19
Comments From The Peanut Gallery

Christopher Cukor of YouTube sorry after calling cops on Wesly Michel Should’a listened to your kid, dipshit. And no, your father’s tragic end does not give you the right to be a self-important racist ass. Your self-important racist bullshit does have consequences though. Have fun trying to hold on to your job at Google!!!

10 Jul 19
WTRF
A California man who called police on a black man outside his san Francisco residence on the Fourth of July is telling his version of the story. Tuesday — Christopher Cukor identified himself as the man in this video shared by Westly Michel– It’s garnered more than a million views. In the video, a young boy cries and pleads with his father not to call the police on Michel — who is black — for “trespassing” in their building… But Cukor does anyway. In a statement posted on medium… Cukor spoke of his encounter with Michel. He said he did not intend to target Michel based on his race… And for that he was sorry. Cukor also said his own reaction was based on his past history– his father was killed when he confronted a trespasser outside his home. As for Michel, a 35-year-old software engineer, he said he was just waiting for a friend that lives in the building. He said the incident, quote “mirrors the experience that African Americans endure daily where we are questioned on whether we belong.” Police did not appear to respond to the scene.
10 Jul 19
News One

Usually, in the aftermath of a “Living While Black” incident, the pale perpetrator is so engulfed in a fury of backlash that they are almost forced to speak out.

10 Jul 19
East Bay Times
The YouTube employee filmed calling police on a black man visiting a friend at a San Francisco condo building last week said Tuesday that he had approached the situation with a “unique history”: His father was killed in 2012 by a trespasser outside his parents’ Berkeley home. In a statement posted to Medium late Tuesday, Christopher Cukor — who is white — both apologized for making Dictionary.com software engineer Wesly Michel feel “unfairly targeted” for his race and defended his own actions in the July 4 incident captured in Michel’s now-viral video. The recording shows Cukor, accompanied by his young son, confronting Michel outside of the condo building on Van Ness Avenue and demanding to know who he is visiting in the building, then subsequently calling police to report a “trespasser,” while his child tearfully begs him to stop. From behind the camera, Michel implores Cukor to “listen to your son,” and warns “you’re going to be the next person on TV.” The video spread rapidly across social media, with over 1.6 million views on Facebook and 3.5 million views on Twitter as of Tuesday night. With many critics casting him as the latest white person caught calling 911 to report an unsubstantiated threat by a person of color, Cukor said Tuesday that the video did not tell the full story of what he titled the “incident in a San Francisco doorway.” “Here’s where the complexity begins,” 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.” As this news organization reported at the time, Cukor’s father, Peter Cukor, was bludgeoned to death in the yard of his Berkeley home on Feb. 18, 2012, after the police did not respond to his call reporting a trespasser on his property. In the wake of Peter Cukor’s death, the Cukor family filed a lawsuit against the city of Berkeley, blaming police for failing to respond to Peter Cukor’s call to a non-911 “emergency number.” Transcripts of the call obtained by this news organization that showed the 67-year-old requesting urgent assistance to deal with an apparently mentally ill man who was trying to get into the Cukors’ house. Peter Cukor, 67, of Berkeley, was killed Feb. 18, 2012, outside his home. “We find this very disturbing — that a citizen’s call for emergency help can go unanswered and lead to his death is not a mistake?” Christopher Cukor told reporters here in 2012. “My father should be alive.” The family withdrew the wrongful death suit after the city agreed to make changes to its emergency response system. In his statement Tuesday, Christopher Cukor does not go into detail about his father’s death. He added that he had previously encountered trespassers in his building — a Nob Hill highrise where two bedroom, two bathroom condos sell for upwards of $1.5 million — and that he has been robbed several times by “bad actors” of “all different colors.” Cukor did not say whether he raised any of these concerns with Michel prior to calling 911. He does note that he later learned Michel was visiting a guest of a resident of the building, and says that “the building resident was not expecting Wesly.” Attempts to reach Michel for comment on Cukor’s statement were unsuccessful. Cukor has similarly not responded to multiple requests for comment. In a statement Monday, the San Francisco Police Department confirmed that officers had responded to the July 4 altercation, and after interviewing both men involved, determined no crime had occurred. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”6190391″]In his statement Tuesday, Cukor closed by apologizing to Michel, acknowledging the “terrible pattern” of white people calling 911 to report black people for seemingly trivial or nonexistent crimes. Stories and videos of these racial profiling incidents have proliferated across the internet in recent years, after a recording of a white woman calling police on two black men barbecuing near Oakland’s Lake Merritt went viral. “The last thing I ever intended was to echo that history — and I’m sorry my actions caused Wesly to feel unfairly targeted due to his race,” Cukor wrote.
10 Jul 19
The Mercury News
The YouTube employee filmed calling police on a black man visiting a friend at a San Francisco condo building last week said Tuesday that he had approached the situation with a “unique history”: His father was killed in 2012 by a trespasser outside his parents’ Berkeley home. In a statement posted to Medium late Tuesday, Christopher Cukor — who is white — both apologized for making Dictionary.com software engineer Wesly Michel feel “unfairly targeted” for his race and defended his own actions in the July 4 incident captured in Michel’s now-viral video. The recording shows Cukor, accompanied by his young son, confronting Michel outside of the condo building on Van Ness Avenue and demanding to know who he is visiting in the building, then subsequently calling police to report a “trespasser,” while his child tearfully begs him to stop. From behind the camera, Michel implores Cukor to “listen to your son,” and warns “you’re going to be the next person on TV.” The video spread rapidly across social media, with over 1.6 million views on Facebook and 3.5 million views on Twitter as of Tuesday night. With many critics casting him as the latest white person caught calling 911 to report an unsubstantiated threat by a person of color, Cukor said Tuesday that the video did not tell the full story of what he titled the “incident in a San Francisco doorway.” “Here’s where the complexity begins,” 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.” As this news organization reported at the time, Cukor’s father, Peter Cukor, was bludgeoned to death in the yard of his Berkeley home on Feb. 18, 2012, after the police did not respond to his call reporting a trespasser on his property. In the wake of Peter Cukor’s death, the Cukor family filed a lawsuit against the city of Berkeley, blaming police for failing to respond to Peter Cukor’s call to a non-911 “emergency number.” Transcripts of the call obtained by this news organization that showed the 67-year-old requesting urgent assistance to deal with an apparently mentally ill man who was trying to get into the Cukors’ house. Peter Cukor, 67, of Berkeley, was killed Feb. 18, 2012, outside his home. “We find this very disturbing — that a citizen’s call for emergency help can go unanswered and lead to his death is not a mistake?” Christopher Cukor told reporters here in 2012. “My father should be alive.” The family withdrew the wrongful death suit after the city agreed to make changes to its emergency response system. In his statement Tuesday, Christopher Cukor does not go into detail about his father’s death. He added that he had previously encountered trespassers in his building — a Nob Hill highrise where two bedroom, two bathroom condos sell for upwards of $1.5 million — and that he has been robbed several times by “bad actors” of “all different colors.” Cukor did not say whether he raised any of these concerns with Michel prior to calling 911. He does note that he later learned Michel was visiting a guest of a resident of the building, and says that “the building resident was not expecting Wesly.” Attempts to reach Michel for comment on Cukor’s statement were unsuccessful. Cukor has similarly not responded to multiple requests for comment. In a statement Monday, the San Francisco Police Department confirmed that officers had responded to the July 4 altercation, and after interviewing both men involved, determined no crime had occurred. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”6190391″]In his statement Tuesday, Cukor closed by apologizing to Michel, acknowledging the “terrible pattern” of white people calling 911 to report black people for seemingly trivial or nonexistent crimes. Stories and videos of these racial profiling incidents have proliferated across the internet in recent years, after a recording of a white woman calling police on two black men barbecuing near Oakland’s Lake Merritt went viral. “The last thing I ever intended was to echo that history — and I’m sorry my actions caused Wesly to feel unfairly targeted due to his race,” Cukor wrote.