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Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Admits to Prejudice and Bigotry

Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Admits to Prejudice and Bigotry

Can anyone tell it like it is without being calling the “r” word?

Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is under fire for comments he made in an interview with Inc. magazine. In light of the recent situation with Donald Sterling and the LA Clippers, Inc. asked Cuban about his thoughts on the matter, and of course, Twitter summed up the entire interview in one solid quote:

“If I see a black kid in a hoodie on my side of the street, I’ll move to the other side of the street. If I see a white guy with a shaved head and tattoos, I’ll move back to the other side of the street.”

What’s the Twitter verdict? Insta-racist.

Okay, Twitter. Let’s be real.

If you’re walking down a dark alleyway alone, and you see anybody coming towards you, chances are you aren’t going to walk up to them to ask them out for a beer. White, black, purple, or yellow. If you feel uncomfortable around someone, for whatever reason, you have every right to remove yourself from that situation. As Cuban points out in the interview, we’re all guilty.

Homeless lady on the 4 train? Move to the next car. Tourist asking for directions when you’re running late for work? Turn up the volume and play with your phone. Young kids dancing on the train while you’re trying to go home after a long day. Close your eyes and go to sleep. Is it bigotry to feel disdain toward people based on their appearance and our own personal experiences? If so, where do you fall on the scale?

Here’s the Cuban quote Twitter should have ran with:

“We’ve come a long way, and with that progress comes a price. We’re a lot more vigilant and a lot less tolerant of different views, and it’s not necessarily easy for everbody to adapt or evolve. While we all have our prejudge and bigotry we have to learn that it’s an issue that we have to control…not just [kick] the problem down the road. It does my company to good. It does my customers no good. It does society no good.”

Racism and prejudice in the NBA is not a new phenomena. NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shared his feelings on the Donald Sterling issue in a recent interview with Time Magazine:

“Moral outrage is exhausting. And dangerous. The whole country has gotten a severe case of carpal tunnel syndrome from the newest popular sport of Extreme Finger Wagging.  What bothers me about this whole Donald Sterling affair isn’t just his racism. I’m bothered that everyone acts as if it’s a huge surprise. Really? All this [stuff] has been going on for years and this ridiculous conversation with his girlfriend is what puts you over the edge? That’s the smoking gun?”

What’s the point of all this? Bottom line none of us are perfect. Cuban sums it up beautifully during the interview saying, “I know I live in a glass house. It’s not appropriate for me to throw stones.”  Is it ever appropriate to throw stones? Is it no longer appropriate to have your own opinion in the Internet age? Racism and prejudice is not justified, but are we pure enough to make comments on Mark Cuban’s choice of words?

Check out the full interview in the player above and hit us with your thoughts in the comments section below.

Gyasi thinks the word “racist” is the new black, and can’t wait for Orange is the New Black season 2 so we can stop calling everything racist. Follow her on Twitter @thedominusg

  • al

    Cuban said all the right things. Those pictures of peoples tweets above frankly are dumb as shit because every single one of us would move away from someone we don’t feel comfortable around. Doesn’t matter what color skin you have, safety and cushion are extremely important and could save your life. Quit throwing the word ‘racist’ around so much. Not everyone is. Sometimes it’s variables other than skin color that make people get away from one another such as stupid ass personalities and other shit that has nothing to fucking do with skin color. People can tell when a person is truly a racist and fuck the people that are, but as a pakistani dude, I can attest to the idea (as a multiple time spectator) that when a white dude doesn’t agree with what a person of another skin color is saying, it doesn’t AUTOMATICALLY mean he’s racist and he probably isn’t. Quit scapegoating. Quit bitchin.

  • Anno Chrispin

    What he said.

  • LOGIC

    funny how he puts a “black guy in a hoodie” in the same category as a white tattooed skin head. Why is he so scared??? I’m a woman and wouldn’t cross the street to avoid either. BTW “Black in a hoodie” is so much less extreme than the white counterpart he created yet he compares them as equally threatening. To me it does sound racist, comparing black in a hoodie with white in a hoodie would have made more sense and come off less prejudice in my opinion.

    And @ AL I disagree I think his comments are all wrong. Judging people on their appearance alone seems like an immature way to assess situations. He’s old enough to know better. Some of the best people I know are covered in tattoos or wear hoodies, both are simply forms of comfort or self expression. I wear my hoodie on a regular basis because it keeps me warm. At his age he should use his logic and instincts to see who is a real threat because in all reality his biggest threats probably wear suits. Cuban sounds very sheltered!

    My last thought, if you hear “black in a hoodie” your first thought naturally is Trayvon Martin. He should not be used as a reference to make such a point. Trayvon Martin was murdered. He wasn’t shot in the arm, leg, stomach, foot, ass, he was shot in the chest in the heart by a scary white man wearing a button down shirt. Cuban maybe scared of tattoos and hoodies but I am much more scared of a much different attire.