Fox News pundit Katie Pavlich verified that the conservative network is still having difficulty understanding simple concepts like racism and white privilege. On Tuesday’s edition of The O’Reilly Factor, Pavlich told Fox host Bill O’Reilly that the idea of “white privilege” was racist and that she dealt with her burdensome whiteness by “going to the tanning salon.”
The segment began with O’Reilly complaining about a three-day retreat the University of Vermont held to give students more awareness about white privilege. The segment quickly turned into a joke when O’Reilly asked Fox Business host Kennedy Montgomery and Pavlich if they had “confronted their white privilege background.”
Montgomery sarcastically said:
“You didn’t give me a trigger warning before you asked me about my whiteness! I don’t even know what it means to confront one’s whiteness. I have never cashed in on my white privilege.”
Assisting Montgomery in proving that white Republicans are nearly incapable of understanding and accepting that institutionalized racism in America exists, Pavlich added:
“To me, especially in the Northeast, confronting my white privilege is going to the tanning salon.”
Then Pavlich said white privilege was “racist” and “anti-American.”
“Look, we’re talking about this white privilege issue, and yes, it’s funny and it’s easy to laugh at, but I actually think it’s quite racist, and I think we have to talk about it in those terms. You’re being prejudiced towards people based on the color of their skin, and I reject this idea that only white people can be racist when white students on these university campuses are now being ostracized for the color of their skin.
It’s anti-American, we’re not allowed to have free speech on these college campuses. Or pitting students against each other based on race. It really is quite alarming.”
You can watch the segment below:
The complete lack of self-awareness Fox hosts and contributors have on subjects like racism and white privilege is painful. Despite their impassioned assertions that they’re being judged for the color of their skin, they have absolutely no idea what real discrimination is, or what it feels like to live every day within a still-racist country.
Racism has become a heated topic in recent years surrounding police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, and many conservatives have taken education about white privilege and systemic racism as an attack on white people. Last year, feminist and social justice blogger Gina Crosley-Corcoran explained white privilege perfectly, stating that the concept does not threaten anyone, but merely acknowledges certain advantages. She wrote:
“Recognizing privilege doesn’t mean suffering guilt or shame for your lot in life. Nobody’s saying that straight, white, middle-class, able-bodied males are all a bunch of assholes who don’t work hard for what they have.
Recognizing privilege simply means being aware that some people have to work much harder just to experience the things you take for granted (if they ever can experience them at all).”
It’s a simple concept, but it’s apparently too complex for the people on Fox News.
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