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Anthony Cumia, formerly one-half of radio team “Opie and Anthony”

White privilege means that whatever you do, the act is not so bad. In some cases, it’s not bad at all. If you’re the person that screwed up, and you’re white, you’re not a bad person. You made a mistake. You’re still human. You’re still a nice person. You are forgiven and, depending on the deed, are given a second chance…or two or three.

This is especially true whenever white men’s racism goes ratchet. There will be those who will defend those fools. The ones responsible will either deliver a fake apology or deliver tired excuses. If a person of color is a target of their bigotry, and this is definitely the case when it comes to African Americans, it’s okay. Mistakes and free speech trump over the emotional, psychological and even physical damage done onto the victim and the community, which are never seen as “true” victims. Instead, the white racist ends up getting that distinction.

Why am I saying all this? Recently, one-half of the SiriusXM radio shock-jock team Opie and Anthony, Anthony Cumia, lost his job due to his string of racially and misogynistic charged tweets. What set him off was during an alleged confrontation with a black woman while taking pictures in Times Square. According to him, the black woman didn’t want to be in those pictures and proceeded to fight him. And the rest is Twitter history:

Im fucking livid. If I was an illegal savage I’d have shot her. The I are violence in her was so predictable. I hope she gets killed.

— Anthony Cumia (@AnthonyCumia) July 2, 2014

It’s a jungle out in our cities after midnight. Violent savages own the streets. They all came 2 defend this pig. I had to yell like at dogs

— Anthony Cumia (@AnthonyCumia) July 2, 2014

Savage violent animal fucks prey on white people. Easy targets. This CUNT has no clue how lucky she was. She belted me 10 times. I had a gun

— Anthony Cumia (@AnthonyCumia) July 2, 2014

The cunt animal kept walking into my arm I had up as a block saying “DONT TOUCH ME!” Then would hit me. I hope a home boy beats her to death

— Anthony Cumia (@AnthonyCumia) July 2, 2014

Great pic of the CUNTRAG bitch fuck animal pig face worthless meat sack shit pile stink crotch ass stain rot bung… pic.twitter.com/ZJSxldxGZX

— Anthony Cumia (@AnthonyCumia) July 2, 2014

An image of two of his list of racist, misogynistic tweets. He referred to the woman as “it” and an “animal”. 

As of yet, there hasn’t been any word as to her side of the story. It’s hard to say if she will ever have a say in this. And even if she has that opportunity, I doubt some will take her view into account. In this country, what black folks think and feel are irrelevant. We’re supposed to just shut up and do better. The only victim seen here in Cumia, another victim of black pathology and black racism.

I doubt that she was the true catalyst of the supposed skirmish. I believe that Cumia was the one that started the whole confrontation. After all, he has had a long history of racism. And yet, he was able to land a cushy job as a shock jock for a corporate media outlet. That is, until he unleashed his inner Klansman spirit on social media with no regrets. SiruisXM, for some reason, didn’t want to be associated with this. (Why did they decide now is anyone’s guess.) And they closed the book on Opie and Anthony.

See what I’m saying?

As expected, fans are livid about Cumia’s firing. They cancelled their subscriptions with SiriusXM and tweeted about it, of course. They thought that Cumia’s firing was unfair, because he was just “being himself”, that the whole move was “fascist” and a Facebook page with over 65,000 supporters was created urging people to boycott the company.

Cumia is but one of many white folks in the media landscape that is either definitely or suspected of being racist. His tirade on Twitter was his own undoing. Yet, he was being a racist prick for while and got paid for it. I think it would be far from exaggerating that bullying black people and making fun of their issues is something the media drools over to make big money. From black-on-white crimes to black out-of-wedlock childbirths to black violence, the white male dominated media wants to keep white supremacy alive in a way that is not easy to spot by average people. Cumia slipped up, and so he paid the price.

But, white men like Anthony Cumia will find other career moves and there will be companies that will give him a hand and much support. He will not go under. He will still make money and be loved by many who share his views. Hell, if Maury Povich, Bill Cunningham, Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh were to get fired, they will still be paid and loved.

There will be an audience who will support the media’s bullying and exploitation of Black Americans and the issues they face. Sadly, some people in that audience will be black themselves, and they will support those images as well. Ladies and gentlemen, Jim Crow is part of our regularly scheduled programming.

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