Note to radio commentators: Before calling out someone for their white privilege, make sure they’re white.
CNN analyst Areva Martin learned that the hard way on Tuesday morning after mistakenly accusing Sirius XM radio host and Fox Nation host David Webb for his “white privilege” during a discussion on race, only to find out Webb is, in fact, black.
The awkward moment happened during a debate on whether race or qualifications should be an issue when hiring people for certain jobs.
After Webb said that expertise and experience are what matter, Martin interjected: “That’s a whole ‘nother 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 shot back: “How do I have the privilege of white privilege?”
“David… by virtue of being a white male you have white privilege.” Martin answered before Webb cut her off: “Areva, I hate to break it to you, but you should’ve been better prepped. I’m black.”
You can listen to entire the exchange here.