A Queens man is under fire after he was caught on video ripping down a Black Lives Matter sign, calling his neighborhood a “white town” and using racial and homophobic slurs.
The man, identified as Anthony Abicca by nearly two dozen Twitter users, many of whom went to school with him and shared yearbook photos of him, was captured engaging with Black Lives Matter protestors in Whitestone this week and admitted to being a racist, video posted to Twitter shows.
“Why are you doing that?” an activist can be heard asking Abicca as he rips down a black lives matter sign hung on a highway overpass, video shows.
“I don’t want you f–kers in my f–king town,” Abicca replies in the video.
“You’re racist,” one of the activists says, leading Abicca to answer “Yea, and?” the video shows.
In another clip posted to Abicca’s Snapchat account and shared on Twitter, Abicca is caught using racial and homophobic slurs.
“Today’s episode is going to be on direct action,” Abicca says in the video as he walks alongside another man.
“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-s–c, 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,” Abicca continues, seemingly referencing the aforementioned confrontation with protestors.
“So you know you pass by, you call ‘em dirty n—er lovers and f—-ts and sh-t.”
In response, activists swarmed the area Tuesday where Abicca had torn down the sign and posted up new black lives matter signs, video posted to Twitter shows.
People who claim to know the man identified him online after the videos surfaced, shared yearbook photos of him and divulged their own stories of alleged racist vitriol he’d been caught saying in the past.
Some identified him as a student of the City College of New York and reached out to the publicly funded school demanding action, emails posted to Twitter show.
A Change.org petition to have him kicked out of the school, and fired from his job, was started late Tuesday afternoon. At press time, nearly 1,400 people had signed the petition, which is seeking 1,500 names.
Abicca did not respond to messages left at two numbers listed for him.