In response to protests over the killing of George Floyd, nationally syndicated conservative radio host Michael Berry used racist stereotypes to dismiss the concept of white privilege. During a June 2 show, Berry asked, “What is this white privilege we keep hearing so much about?” He suggested white people shouldn’t be embarrassed because “our parents got married before we were born” and “we don't roam the streets,” then suggested white privilege is “a strong nuclear family and a strong work ethic.”
A Texas-based host and former Houston City Council member, Berry is a longtime personal friend of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Cruz has appeared on The Michael Berry Show multiple times this year. Berry has also interviewed Vice President Mike Pence. According to the talk radio trade publication Talkers magazine, Berry has an estimated 3.5 million weekly listeners.
Berry has previously referred to Black teenagers as “jungle animals” and has stated that “Black people don’t believe Black lives matter.” In an infamous recurring segment on his show, Berry mocked victims of gun violence in Chicago before he was forced to cancel the segment due to public outrage. Berry has also previously stated that “Black people don't know how to exist without white people around to blame their problems on” while promoting “White History Month” in 2015.