Privilege Sure Is Sweet

« January 2010 »


I'd almost like to thank Brit Hume, in a way. It's rare that you get such a blatant, stark example of the privilege that comes with being part of the dominant culture in American Society. It's less rare to come across an even more astonishing indictment of the modern news industry than you've seen before, but it still only happens a couple times every week. So imagine the odds of combining both things in a single, glorious event? Incalculable*!

It all started last Sunday, when Brit Hume, whose name, coincidentally or otherwise, rhymes with "shit flume", offered the following observation on "Fox News Sunday":

"The extent to which he can recover seems to me depends on his faith. He is said to be a Buddhist. I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. My message to Tiger would, 'Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world."

Now, this is clearly a dick move on a number of levels. First, the idea that turning to Jesus can help you recover from a life of wild sexual escapades. I don't know how theologically sound this is. All I know is that if it does work, it only works retroactively, because it sure as hell doesn't prevent wild sexual escapades in the future.

But on top of that, Brit Hume is a news anchor. Not even the host of an opinion show, but a news anchor appearing on a venerated Sunday morning news program. And he's blithely dismissing the world's Buddhists, imploring a troubled public figure to convert to his own religion, and says that the very act of turning your life over to Jeeeeeeesus makes you a "great example to the world". Which makes him something less than a news anchor. It makes him, well, a Fox News anchor.

So far, all we have is the less than entirely shocking Fox News personality's teradouche moment of the day. It's what happened next that really shows how awesome it is to be a white Christian male in America, and how much more awesome it is to be a white Christian male with your own TV network to back you up. Because when Hume was rightfully asked by an incredulous society, WHAT THE FUCK, DUDE, he was able to go on Bill O'Reilly's show and answer softball questions like this. ACTUAL QUOTE TIME!

"It has always been a puzzling thing to me. The Bible even speaks of it, that, you know, you speak the name, Jesus Christ, and I don’t — and I don’t mean to make a pun here, but all hell breaks loose. And — and it has always been thus. It is explosive. I didn’t even say the name in that way. I simply spoke of the Christian faith. But that was enough to trigger this reaction. It triggers a very powerful reaction in people who do not share the faith and who do not believe in it."

Brit Hume doesn't have the slightest fucking clue about how what he did could possibly have been wrong. Because Brit Hume, as a member of the dominant culture, merely invited someone to join that dominant culture. Sure, he may have implied that it was Woods' lack of Christianity that led to his moral misbehavior, but what's wrong with that? It's what he truly believes, after all. As a Christian!

No, it's not his fault. He did nothing wrong. He just did something that pisses off the heathens, and that's the heathens' fault for being so damn sensitive all the time. He'll never think what he did was wrong, because there's a giant penis where his head should be, and that penis has been nailed to a cross, and he loves every second of it. They all do. It's what gets them up in the morning, as it were.

And he'll get away with it scot free, of course, because not only is he a proud member of the dominant culture, but he works for an organization dedicated to preserving that dominant culture against any brownish heathen who thinks they also deserve a seat at the table. Which is a shame, because nothing offers the kind of freedom and clear conscience that liberal atheism does. My message to Brit would be, "Brit, abandon God and Jesus and you can free up a lot of time, because on the off chance they exist, they've already abandoned you."

*In that I am not willing to try to calculate it.