Knowing who you are being interviewed by seems like good forethought, right? This wasn’t the case for CNN legal analyst Areva Martin, who made a fool of herself when she failed to recognize the identity of her host, David Webb.
Webb is both a Fox News contributor and the host of his own SiriusXM radio show. After welcoming Martin to the show over the airwaves, they held a discussion that covered statements made Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that CBS had shirked hiring a representation of black journalists to cover the 2020 election.
As Martin agreed with AOC, claiming it was intolerable for any media outlet to claim there was not enough candidates of color to choose from.
Webb disagreed on that point noting that in he “31 years” of experience the diversity had actually increased.
Webb would eventually offer that the position should be awarded to an individual based on their capabilities rather than race. “I never considered my color the issue. I considered my qualifications the issue,” Webb said.
Thinking she could take a cheap shot to victory in the argument, Martin then asserted that Webb could make that claim because of white privilege.
“Well, David, that’s a whole ‘other long conversation about white privilege, the things that you have the privilege of doing that people of color don’t have the privilege of…” Webb rushed to declare.
Confused, Webb interjected, “How do I have the privilege of white privilege?”
An understandable reaction, seeing that Webb is also black. Webb pressed the attack calling out Martin as she ran out of steam.
“Areva, I hate to break it to you, but you should have been better prepped. I’m black … See, you went to white privilege. This is the falsehood in this. You went immediately with an assumption …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 for 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!”
Martin offered a clipped apology before weakly adding the excuse, “My people gave me wrong information.”
Racism is a two way street and all too often people attempt to indicate white privilege as a means to win an argument, which is a racist tactic itself.