Billionaire NBA owner Mark Cuban created quite the stir during a conference hosted by Inc. magazine. Cuban touched on the subject of racism and bigotry in society. He was very honest in his response but he touched a nerve around mainly the sports world when he said “If I see a black kid in a hoodie, and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street. If on that side of the street there’s a guy that has tattoos all over his face- white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere- I’m walking back to the other side of the street.”
In light of the Donald Sterling controversy, Cuban was drawing mild comparisons to Sterling. His comments however, are not on the same level as the racist Donald Sterling. He was simply giving his honest views and trying to explain everyone is prejudice in their own way. His “black kid in a hoodie” comment, drew ire because of Trayvon Martin.
Cuban took to twitter to apologize to the Martin family while defending the comments he made. Cuban said, “In hindsight I should have used different examples. I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that. Beyond apologizing to the Martin family, I stand by the words and the substance of the interview.”
There shouldn’t have been much news about this Cuban story. Society is becoming way too sensitive, and this is even before Donald Sterling made his comments. Everyone has a right to their opinion, although Cuban used both a black kid and a white guy as examples of how he thinks prejudice, everyone focused on the black kid in the hoodie comment.
What Mark Cuban said was truth, we as a society all are prejudice, and majority of people who are walking alone at night will walk on the other side of the street if they see a “black kid in a hoodie”, or a bald white guy with tattoos on his face. It doesn’t make his remarks right, but perception is a big part of reality and how you look sometimes will determine others opinion of you.
Hearing Mark Cuban speak the truth is a bit refreshing. People, mostly white, are afraid to speak of racism with the fear of being hammered as a racist. Calling Cuban racist here would be asinine. He only stated the truth, he didn’t go on a rant like Donald Sterling. All he did was speak about who would make him cross the street if he were walking in the middle of the night. We are too sensitive about racism, rightfully so, but sometimes we take it too far. Mark Cubans comments were mostly harmless, his words were sincere, and about everyone. We all have our prejudice views, Mark said it out loud, and good for him.