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.
As Trump Leaves Office, Media Cites Ineffectiveness of Lockdowns and Democratic Leaders Display Eagerness to Reopen
Right on cue.
With President Donald Trump’s impending exit from the White House, many are starting to perceive pivots from Democratic leaders and the mainstream media on the ineffectiveness of lockdowns and the reopening of society.
For example, Newsweek ran an article Thursday titled “COVID Lockdowns May Have No Clear Benefit vs Other Voluntary Measures, International Study Shows.” The study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation, found through a mathematical model that there was “no clear, significant beneficial effect of [more restrictive measures] on [COVID-19] case growth in any country.”
This is just one study, of course, so it may not reflect objective reality any more than one study which concludes that lockdowns saved “millions of lives.” But after getting bombarded with messages from the media that lockdowns were necessary—with the opposite message found only on explicitly conservative outlets like Big League Politics—it may seem too coincidental to see such a story while the changing of the presidential guard takes place.
Not only that, it also comes at a time when some Democratic leaders appear to be chomping at the bit to reopen restaurants, bars, and schools—after several months of harsh insistence that they all must stay closed in the name of “safety” and “public health.”
On Monday, for example, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York called for the reopening of the state’s economy “smartly and safely.”
“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely,” Cuomo tweeted.
We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.#SOTS2021
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 11, 2021
Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot put out a similar call on Thursday, saying that bars and restaurants need to reopen “as quickly as possible” because it will help those businesses survive and reduce the number of large private parties and gatherings.
And incoming president Joe Biden recently pitched a $175 billion plan to return children to school, $130 billion of which would be for public elementary, middle, and high schools, the other $35 billion for colleges and universities. Many teachers unions stubbornly refused to return to in-person classes for the longest time, but now that Biden has come out in support of in-person classes, don’t be surprised to see them suddenly change their tune.
The left is so predictable, isn’t it?
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