Hannity Displays His Privilege

Sean Hannity provides with a textbook example of white privilege, the hallmark of which is the false assumption that my experiences define reality for everyone. He simply can’t understand why anyone would have a problem with cops, if they’d just handle things the way he does.


Sorry Sean, but what happens to rich white men driving a Mercedes is not the same thing that happens to a black man far too often. This is the essence of privilege in all its forms, the idea that since you aren’t mistreated or marginalized, no one else must be either.

Hey, I’ve never been disowned by my family, so it’s absurd to think that a gay person would be.

I don’t have to walk to my car at night with a can of mace in my hand, so what are women so uptight about?

I’ve never been called a slut or a whore if I have sex with someone, or a frigid prude if I choose not to, so quit your whining, ladies.

I don’t have to worry about where my next meal is coming from, so anyone who does must be lazy and shiftless and deserving of their situation.

I don’t suffer from social anxiety or depression, so anyone who does must just be weak, and it’s all in their head anyway, amirite?

Bring privileged does not make one a bad person, but it does create an obligation that we pay attention to the experiences of those who don’t play the game of life on the easy setting. It means we need to listen more and talk less. It means we need to advocate for those who aren’t so fortunate. Failing to do so? That’s what makes you a bad person.

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  • Pierce R. Butler

    He simply can’t understand …

    … more things than most of us could list.

  • addiepray

    It’s not just being white and rich– he’s also a famous face/celebrity. You think he’d at least recognize that such a thing might affect his interactions, even if he’s too boneheaded to recognize that rich + white changes the equation.

  • Michael Heath

    Two other privileges immediately come to mind:

    1) I don’t have problem showing a driver’s license as proof of my identity, so everyone should have to do the same if they want to vote.

    2) My church told all of us we’re sinners deserving of unimaginable eternal suffering in Hell. So why should I do antying about my church telling [gay] kids its a sin for them to desire a life-long gay monogamous sexual relationship and carrying out such a relationship by marriage? (Related only to those churches who discriminate against gays).

  • b8ovin

    Authorities wouldn’t be authorities if they weren’t always right. Suspects wouldn’t be suspects if they hadn’t done something wrong. Chances are good, using this logic that unarmed citizens shot or otherwise killed by police had it coming.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    It`s not White Privilege. There`s no such thing. If anything, all that extra attention Urban Americans (*wink wink*) get is really Black Privilege. Look, it`s really quite simple; if African Americans don`t want to be treated like the violent thugs that they are, all they have to do is be white people.

  • wscott

    I don’t have to worry about where my next meal is coming from, so anyone who does must be lazy and shiftless and deserving of their situation.

    Or its cousin: “I started out poor and I better myself and pull myself out of poverty so anyone who does must be lazy and shiftless and deserving of their situation.” I actually hear that version far more often.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    “I went to school and had a summer job, paying off my student loan shortly after graduating and landing a job at my father’s car dealership, so I can’t see why The Kids These Days complain about student debt.”

  • equisetum

    Shorter Hannity: Why can’t they just do what I do? Be white.

  • matty1

    I find the idea of privilege is often misrepresented as either “if you are in a privileged group your life will be better in every way than the lives of people outside that group”, the example is usually Oprah Winfrey versus a homeless alcoholic white man, or “if you are in a privileged group that means you are evil and want to oppress people”.

    These misunderstandings are so common I’m starting to think they come from deliberate attempts to shut down debate.

  • lorn

    That, of course, works both ways. I agree that wealthy white males need to stop assuming that their experience and treatment is the same as all other groups. People are treated differently and they frame the events quite differently.

    Notice Hannity’s deference and empathy toward the police. He anticipates what the police worry about, In this case guns and hands. But he also implicitly trusts the police, or more specifically he trusts the police to color within the lines. If and when he feels something is not handled correctly he trusts in the system and his ability to ‘settle it in court’. He assumes he will be listened to and he pretty much knows that wealth and celebrity, and the ability to hire high powered lawyers and an existing media pulpit, mean that he will always be given a fair shake. Money, power, media exposure, and a team of lawyer, go a long way toward smoothing any rough spots.

  • magistramarla

    Here’s another one to add:

    My doctor always listens to me when I describe my symptoms and writes prescriptions or referrals to the proper specialist without every telling me that “it’s all in my head” or accusing me of drug-seeking.

    I don’t know what those women are whining about.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    I rather doubt Hannity has ever been pulled over, much less that it’s a common enough occurrence that he has a standard protocol for it.

    Real privilege is getting to pretend out loud over the radio what you think you would do if you ever had an unhappy run-in with the cops.

  • felidae

    Sean Hannity

    Spouter of inanity

    Purveyor of right wing insanity

    So how can it be

    Anyone listens to

    this pile of shit called Hannity