Sean Hannity Hosted a Panel on White Supremacy. Can You Spot the Problem with His Guests?

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Twitter exploded on September 13 when the story of an ESPN host who called Donald Trump a white supremacist went viral.

Jemele Hill has since been scolded by her employer, her comments have been called “outrageous” and “a fireable offense” by the White House, and, of course, Sean Hannity held a whole panel about racism and white supremacy as a result.

But it wasn’t the fact that he held the panel that caught people’s attention. It was the members of the panel that everyone noticed.

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But she wasn’t actually fired for her comments. And that’s where this story takes off.

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The tweet was a response to a story about Kid Rock being mad that the media label him a racist. The same Kid Rock who was invited by Trump to the White House.

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After the domestic terror attack in Charlottesville, Trump very clearly defended white supremacists when he said there were “some very fine people on both sides.” While he walked back those comments, he later defended them again.

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It’s because he has. And those who don’t realize it probably don’t because they aren’t experiencing racism first hand. Because they’re privileged.

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Both Hill and ESPN have made statements expressing regret for the way in which she presented these comments, but the network so far has made no move to punish her further. But when Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about the incident a couple days later, she made some shocking, overreaching comments…

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Huckabee Sanders called Hill’s comments “outrageous” and a “fireable offense.” It started to get reported that the White House was calling for the firing of a private citizen who disparaged the president. While the “demand” part might have been overblown, it’s still an egregious abuse of power for the government to suggest that a private company fire an employee for insulting the president. Freedom of speech is one of the tenets of our democracy.

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Hannity put together a crack panel of experts to address the issues of racism and white supremacy that arose from Hill’s story. There was only one issue with that panel…

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Like, c’mon dude. Is this a joke?

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The panel, left to right, included conservative commentator Tomi Lahren, psychology expert Gina Louden, commentator Danielle McLaughlin, and “old potato” himself, Sean Hannity.

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It’s not even that the panel wasn’t diverse. It was three blond white women, all with similar haircuts. It was as opposite of diverse as you can get. Obviously, the jokes started pouring in. And they are savage

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In no world are these three women equipped to expound on racism in a comprehensive manner — they’ve never experienced it themselves.

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Just kidding. This tweet was obviously meant to be tongue-in-cheek.

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“The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it’s of no threat to you,” Hill wrote. “Well, it’s a threat to me.” People of color would have been able to contribute to Hannity’s conversation in a far more valuable way, but Hannity wasn’t up for the responsibility of having a real discussion on his show. Surprise, surprise.

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