Why Fani Willis Pays with Cash

Spoiler alert: It’s a Black thing.

Marlon Weems
The Journeyman.
Published in
7 min readMar 8, 2024


Fulton County, Georgia Fani Willis. Photo credit: Alex Slitz/AP/Bloomberg via Getty Images | Design via Canva

Back when I worked in Arkansas, I dropped by the home of an aunt and uncle for lunch. The pair lived across the Arkansas River in a town once called Argenta, now known as North Little Rock.

The trip was a five-minute drive from my job, and the ham sandwich and syrupy-sweet glass of tea that…