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.
*Mark Cuban walks dwn the street, sees white girl walking yorkie *yorkie unzips himself revealing he's a black dude in a hoodie *stabs Cuban
— Johnny Crash (@JohnnyCrash5) May 22, 2014
Walking down the street with Mark Cuban sounds exhausting.
— Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) May 22, 2014
We live in a post-Trayvon Martin world. #MarkCuban's comment about young black men in hoodies is insensitive…AT BEST.
— Tejado W. Hanchell (@TWH_PhD) May 22, 2014
I highly doubt Mark Cuban walks anywhere. So I'm giving his hypothetical a pass.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) May 22, 2014
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.”
“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