In the middle of a lot, but according to a post that I came across on Jezebel, Anthony Cumia should have totally been fired because he’s a huge racist. Quoting him here for clarity:
“When you watch any of the footage of any of the Apollo programs over the years and you look at the control room of mission control, what do you see? Do you see diversity there? Honestly, let’s be honest. You’re seeing white males smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee at the console and putting people on the moon. How is this a horrible thing? How is this something to look at and say, ‘We need to change this by injecting people that do not pay attention to the laws of this country, do not assimilate to the cultures, do not work and contribute to this nation’?”
There doesn’t need to be much context given to this quote. It doesn’t really warrant much of one. Just like I talked about back when I wrote the post on the racism in Bioshock, there’s not really an easy line to draw between the excuses that people will use to justify what they think. Like the above quote by Cumia illustrates the racism and sexism of the time. Non-Caucasian men and all women were barred from holding many high level jobs. It’s not surprising that Mission control looked like it did. There was an entire institution of sexism and racism behind it.
Cumia is so far up his own ass that he doesn’t see that and that he defends his racism as a right because whites have earned it. The sad fact is this attitude is common and not all that surprising.