Watch this Salem Radio love-fest between Eric Metaxas and Sebastian Gorka:
Most readers of the blog know Metaxas. He is a court evangelical, author, and host of the Eric Metaxas Show on Salem. Gorka’s brief and controversial stint as a Trump adviser landed him a radio show on the Christian network.
In this exchange, Metaxas and Gorka are discussing CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s recent profanity-laced outburst toward a man who was harassing him on a family vacation. The CNN celebrity took offense to this man calling him “Fredo,” a reference to the weak Corleone brother in The Godfather.
Cuomo claimed that “Fredo” is an ethnic slur against Italians. I am half-Italian and grew-up around a lot of Italian family members, but I have never heard the name of the late John Cazanale‘s character in The Godfather used as a slur–ethnic or otherwise. So on this point, Metaxas and Gorka are probably correct.
But Metaxas does not stop there. He says, “you would think that someone had called him [Cuomo] a ‘no-good guinea, wop;’ and even that’s funny in this day and age.”
I am sure Metaxas will think I am a snowflake for saying this, but calling an Italian-American a “guinea” or a “wop” is NOT funny–not even in “this day and age.” For many Italian-Americans, especially those of a certain generation, these terms still open-up old wounds. Perhaps Metaxas should study some Italian-American history.
Let me be clear. We Italian-Americans now enjoy white privilege. Today, the words “guinea” or “wop” do not have the sting that they once had. Things have changed over time for Italian-Americans. I would thus never equate the discrimination Italian-Americans have faced with the the plight of African-Americans in our history. (Although I know many Italian-American political conservatives who would make this kind of moral equivalence argument).
But many of us have also sat at the feet of elders who told us stories about the prejudicial treatment they once faced. Some of these stories are not pretty. A few of these elders are still alive. Some of their wounds have not completely healed.
It is also worth noting that Metaxas appears to defend Tucker Carlson’s recent “white supremacy is a hoax” line.
At one point in the conversation Metaxas says, “In America, we have the freedom to say stupid things.” Yup.