Cutter, a 53 year old white male earning $94,000 a year as an insurance broker, said “There’s no inequality that I can see.” Cutter made this comment from his Collierville home’s second story balcony overlooking the family’s pool.
“I work with two black guys, Paul (Goodson) and James (Elliot). They're my homies, you know? How could they have their jobs if racism still existed?” Cutter asked. "It's just a matter of taking the opportunities available, right?"
Cutter then proceeded to rattle off the names of several prominent African American politicians and entertainers whose very existence prove that racism has been dead in this country since “somewhere around 1994.”
To bolster his argument, he indicated that Paul Goodson “agrees with me on this,” and used the phrase “I’m not a racist, ask anyone” six times during the course of the conversation.
Records indicate that Cutter has not socially interacted with any African Americans making under $30,000 a year in the past eight years.
Time moves in one direction, memory in another. — William Gibson
This week, an old friend sent me a photo of myself, circa 1978. In the picture, I was thin, long-haired, and standing barefoot on the porch of an old farmhouse where we lived, just outside of Columbia, Missouri. It was a shock to see it. I don't remember my friends and I taking many photographs, and I didn't remember this moment ...