A CNN contributor, Areva Martin, made an accusation in regards to Fox Nation and Sirius XM host David Webb in a radio segment that literally couldn’t happen on television on Tuesday.
In a segment about equal opportunity and fair hiring on live radio, Martin asserted that Webb had been the beneficiary of “privilege” within the context of his professional career, which “people of color don’t have.” Webb had spoken about how he had considered professional qualification the driving factor throughout his experiences in media.
Webb seemed initially confused by Martin’s accusation- justifiably so, as the individual she was accusing of possessing white privilege happened to be black. After asking her for clarification, Martin explained to Webb that “by virtue of being a white male, you have white privilege.” A surprised Webb went on correct Martin’s false assumption that she was speaking to a privileged white male.
“Areva, I hate to break it to you, but you should have been better prepped: I’m black.”
A corrected Martin would go on to explain that she stood corrected, offering her apologies to Webb for her incorrect perception of the person she was debating over issues pertaining to equal opportunity in American society.
Could we have seen a preview of the next innovation in progressive social justice from Martin? Perhaps you don’t need to be white to be a beneficiary of “white privilege” after all- opening up a path for progressives and liberals to apply the phrase towards right-of-center individuals of all racial backgrounds. In other words, all that could be required to be “privileged” is to be deemed inconvenient to the progressive left.
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