"Erin Burnett is an example of white privilege and white supremacy, as is CNN," declared Peniel E. Joseph, a professor of history at Tufts University and the author of Waiting ‘til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America, in a HuffPost Live conversation on Thursday.
The activist was speaking in reference to Burnett's Tuesday interview with Baltimore city councilman Carl Stokes, in which she dubbed rioters "thugs." Enraged, Stokes fired back that she might as well "just call them n-----s."
While Obama was met with scrutiny for also using the word "thug," Joseph argues that Burnett's language carried more tangible bigotry.
"Erin Burnett was particularly damaging because ... of the fact that she has a bully pulpit to basically call all of us n-----s on national television," he said. "And I love that Carl Stokes is a strong enough race man to call her out on it, because this is disgusting."
For this, Joseph feels adamant that the OutFront host should be fired.
"She should not be on television. If you said this about any other ethnic or racial group in America, you would not have a job the next day," he concluded.
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