CNN legal analyst and civil rights attorney Areva Martin may have just added a new definition for the term “colorblind.”
You see, Martin was debating on-air Sirius XM radio host and Fox Nation host David Webb on Tuesday about race and job qualifications, and Webb insisted that one’s qualifications are more important than skin color in determining who gets hired.
“I never considered my color the issue,” Webb told Martin. “I considered my qualifications the issue.”
With that Martin called out Webb for his “white privilege.”
“Well, David, you know that’s a whole ‘nother long conversation about white privilege and things that you have the privilege of doing that people of color don’t have the privilege of,” Martin told Webb.
Webb then inquired, “How do I have the privilege of white privilege?”
Seemingly a bit annoyed, Martin replied, “David, by virtue of being a white male you have white privilege” before saying it would be “a whole long conversation I don’t have time to get into.”
The bomb is dropped
Sadly we couldn’t catch the expression on Martin’s face when Webb gave her the bad news.
“Areva, I hate to break it to you, but you should’ve been better prepped,” the host began. “I’m black.”
There were a few seconds of silence before Martin said, seemingly without much embarrassment, “OK, then. I stand corrected.”
Webb then went to town, calling Martin’s assumption “insulting.”
“See, you went to white privilege,” he told Martin. “This is the falsehood in this. You went immediately with an assumption. Your people obviously, or you, didn’t look. You’re talking to a black man.”
Martin apologized, saying she was given “wrong information.”
But Webb forged ahead, saying “my family background is white black, Indian, Arawak, Irish, Scottish. It’s so diverse. I’m like the UN … This is part of the problem with driving the narrative around a construct like ‘white privilege.'”
Here’s the audio:
Sure, it helps if you can actually see the person you’re speaking to — and that usually makes figuring out that person’s color rather elementary.
But if you can’t look at said person in the eye during a conversation, it also helps to not assume that person’s color based on their sociopolitical stances.
This story was updated to reflect that Webb is a host of Fox Nation, not a Fox News contributor.
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