MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts told contributor Mike Barnicle that his three sons have hit “the American trifecta of privilege” that Trayvon Martin and other minority children have not, National Review Online first reported.
Mr. Barnicle lamented the fact that he never had to teach his children about the appropriate behavior to use around law enforcement, “but if you’re a black person, you do that … it’s part of raising your children.”
The anchor interjected, saying it’s because Mr. Barnicle’s children are a product of privilege.
“With all due respect, I mean, your three boys have hit the American trifecta of privilege,” he said on “Morning Joe,” to which Mr. Barnicle emphatically agreed.
“They are white, straight males, presumably … and from there, we go downhill,” Mr. Robert’s continued. “So, if you are an ‘other’ in this country — and that means if you are an LGBT, if you are Hispanic, if you are black, if you are a woman right now — we are fighting to prove why ‘other’ is not bad, and why we are due the value of our American rights.”
“Trayvon’s rights were obviously violated,” he added. “Stalked, followed, presumed to be suspicious from the get-go.”