Self-confessed racist rips-up Black Lives Matter signs while using homophobic slurs and declaring he lives in a ‘white town’
A man in Queens, New York, was caught on video ripping up Black Lives Matter signs, while using racist and homophobic slurs and proclaiming his neighbourhood a “white town”.
Dozens of Twitter users who either went to school with the man or know his family have identified him as Anthony Abicca.
Black Lives Matter protesters in Whitestone, Queens, had hung posters on an overpass, and Abicca was videoed ripping them down.
In the video, protesters asked him why he was doing it, to which he replied: “I don’t want you f**kers in my f**king town.”
When called a “racist” by protesters, he replied: “Yeah, and?”
peacefully protesting and putting up signs today about this kid Anthony who loved to talk how his grandparents would lynch people. pic.twitter.com/ofupaX9YR0
— chris…the photographer kid? (@chrisishh) June 2, 2020
A clip from Abicca’s snapchat account showed him walking alongside another man and seemingly addressing the earlier confrontation with Black Lives Matter protesters.
He said: “Today’s episode is going to be on direct action.
“If you live in a nice town like I do, well, it’s not that, it’s not that nice, but say you live in a nice little white town like Whitestone, right?
“And you see some obese… probably half-white with some n****r mixed in, he’s putting up Black Lives Matter signs on your f**king overpass, you can’t have that s**t in Whitestone.
“So you know you pass by, you call ’em dirty n****r-lovers and faggots and s**t.”
AIR THIS MANS NAME OUTTT he used multiple racist slurs. HIS NAME IS ANTHONY ABICCA FIND HIS UNIVERSITY AND SEND THIS TO THEM!!!! We cannot stand for this pic.twitter.com/fQZcGiUkps
— stay chillin (@destbarbz) June 2, 2020
The videos were widely shared and received thousands of views.
In response, even more protestors went to the same overpass, hanging more banners and posters.
WHITESTONE LETS GO ! WE OUTSIDE. pic.twitter.com/NRrwSyGF7A
— markanthonyflow. (@markanthonyflow) June 2, 2020
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One Twitter user posted a video of the overpass, and said: “I just want to say from the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who pulled up… look at this – we’ve got the whole block full!”
Although some on Twitter said that the man was a student at City College of New York, the college has now responded and said he is a “former student”.
Thank you to all expressing concern about videos of racist remarks by an individual since identified as a former CCNY student. The bias expressed does not represent CCNY, its values or its standards, which stand against racism. Learn more: https://t.co/0H8Ilj20a2 pic.twitter.com/uXKQNQVNUy
— City College of NY (@CityCollegeNY) June 2, 2020
It wrote on Twitter: “Thank you to all expressing concern about videos of racist remarks by an individual since identified as a former CCNY student. The bias expressed does not represent CCNY, its values or its standards, which stand against racism.