Sometimes people on the radio say things that are so ridiculous that you have to back up and wonder if they really believe the nonsense they are spouting. There was a blatant example of that on the David Webb show on Tuesday during David Webb’s interview with CNN analyst Areva Martin. For those of you not familiar with the David Webb Show, David is a black conservative who hosts a very low key, informative show. The Daily Caller posted the story yesterday.
The article reports:
Sirius XM radio host and Fox News Contributor David Webb brought Martin onto his radio show to discuss diversity in media, and he noted that he has always considered his accomplishments to be more important than his skin color when applying to jobs.
“I’ve chosen to cross different parts of the media world, done the work so that I’m qualified to be in each one. I never considered my color to be the issue — I considered my qualifications to be the issue,” Webb explained.
Martin, apparently unaware that she was talking to a black man, said that Webb’s approach to media came from a place of white privilege.
The article continues:
“That’s a whole other long conversation about white privilege, which assumes that you have the privilege of doing what people of color don’t have the privilege of,” Martin said.
“How do I have the privilege of white privilege?” Webb asked with an air of confusion.
“David, by virtue of being a white male, you have white privilege,” Martin replied.
Webb paused for a moment and then dropped a metaphorical bomb on Martin’s argument.
“Areva, I hate to break it to you, but you should’ve been better prepped. I am black,” Webb asserted. “You’re talking to a black man who started out in rock radio in Boston … that’s actually insulting.”
Martin apologized for her comment and insisted that her team gave her incorrect information about Webb’s race.
Webb refused to let Martin off the hook, explaining that it was unacceptable for Martin to make assumptions about any person or his or her level of privilege because of his or her skin color.
I think all of us would do well to get rid of our pre-conceived notions and stereotypes about race. This conversation was hilarious to anyone who is familiar with David Webb.