CNN legal analyst and civil rights attorney, Areva Martin, had to apologize on Tuesday after she accused a black radio host, David Webb, of enjoying “white privilege.”
Martin was live on air on Webb’s Sirius XM radio program, “Patriot,” discussing the importance of experience over race when it comes to getting a job.
Webb gave his two-cents on the issue, pointing out that throughout his foray in different parts of the media world, he has always considered his qualifications, and not color, to be the issue.
Martin’s response implied that she believed the Fox Nation host was white. That's a whole, another long conversation about white privilege,” she said. “The things that you have the privilege of doing, that people of color don't have the privilege of.”
Baffled, Webb asked: “How do I have the privilege of white privilege?” to which Martin replied:
“David, by virtue of being a white male you have white privilege.”
Webb then took his time to school the legal professional.
“You see, you went to white privilege; this is the falsehood in this,” he began, adding:
“You went immediately with an assumption. Your people, obviously, or you didn't look. Areva, I hate to break it to you, but you should've been better prepped. I'm black.”
The journalist also used the opportunity to drive home further his point, using his personal experience of climbing the ranks.
“You're talking to a black man... who started out in rock radio in Boston, who crossed the paths into hip-hop, rebuilding one of the greatest black stations in America and went on to work at Fox News where I'm told apparently blacks aren't supposed to work.”
“But yet, you come with this assumption, and you go to white privilege. That's actually insulting,” Webb, a vocal supporter of President Trump, scolded.
Martin immediately owned up to her mistake, saying:
“It is and I apologize. I was given wrong information.”
Although several media outlets report that Martin’s reps have declined to comment on the issue, Webb mocked the mishap on his Twitter page, posting pictures of himself alongside white men and using the term “white privilege.”
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