A White female Fort Lauderdale-area television producer was fired from her job at a local news station for using the N-word in reference to her neighbor’s son’s girlfriend during an argument that was caught on tape, according to The Miami Herald.
Robin Cross, 49, a WSVN-Channel 7 producer and a South Florida news figure for most of her adult life, (she also worked as a producer at WPEC-Ch. 12 in West Palm Beach, as an editor at WTVJ-Ch. 6 in Miramar and as an assignment editor at WFOR-Ch. 4 in Doral, according to her Linkedin profile) was placed on leave last week when the neighbor’s son sent the station a letter and video about the incident. The footage went viral, and WSVN terminated her in less than a week.
On Monday, WSVN released a statement that Cross is no longer employed at the North Bay Village station.
“After conducting a thorough investigation, WSVN has terminated the 7 News producer who was caught on cellphone video using a racial slur,” said Lily Pardo, a station spokeswoman. “WSVN will not tolerate any kind of discriminatory language or behavior.”
Cross and her neighbor Robert Fenton began squabbling over a longstanding issue involving parking on their street. The two have reportedly argued about this for years, and it finally came to a head.
On the evening of Feb. 6, Cross’ neighbor Robert Fenton shot video of her during a dispute about parking on Isle of Venice Drive.
Fenton’s son, Avery Fenton, said his father had asked Cross not to block his driveway with her car.
“Cross is heard telling Fenton after he told her she is blocking his driveway,” writes the Herald. “Standing next to her car, she then launches into a tirade about how street parking is illegal anyway, but Fenton also parks there when the space is open.”
“You don’t f**king own the road…Yes, I used the word f**king if you haven’t heard it before,” she says in the video. “Except for your f**king son, who’s dating a f**king ni***r…I said it out loud, finally.” (See video below).
At the end of the 50-second video, Cross can be heard saying: “Yes, I used the word f–king if you haven’t heard it before. Except for your f–king son who’s dating a f–king n—-r.”
“Finally, I said it out loud,” Cross says as she walks away.
It’s unclear why Cross invoked Avery Fenton and his girlfriend.
Avery Fenton said the pair had visited his parents’ house but had never met Cross.
“When we visit my parents’ house we just park the car and walk inside, it’s not like we are spending an extensive amount of time outside,” the younger Fenton told the New York Daily News.
“My girlfriend and I have never spoken to this woman and the fact that we were even brought up in the conversation doesn’t make sense,” he said.
Avery Fenton said his father and Cross have twice argued over parking in front of the Fenton home.
The reason Black Westchester ran this story, accompanied by the Young Turks video, it goes to show much of what we have been saying for awhile about the portrayal of Blacks and the biases of those reporting the news. This is nothing new but it goes to show whether is purposely done or unconsciously done dues to the systemic racism in this country, it is a problem in this country and needs to be spoken about. While every white person does not feel this way, Robin Cross’ outburst speaks to the general feel of many white people in America and the current president has emboldened them to not worry about being political correct anymore but let their true feeling fly, “FINALLY!”