Mark Cuban Says He's Scared of Black Kids in Hoodies, Sets Internet Aflame

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Mark Cuban has taken a thoughtful, nuanced approach to the Donald Sterling controversy, at once condemning the unapologetic racism the Clippers' owner expresses on a leaked audiotape, and expressing deep discomfort with the precedent it sets to punish someone so severely for expressing his personal beliefs in private.

Thoughtfulness and nuance don't play well on the Internet, though. So when Cuban continued the conversation with Inc. yesterday, this admitting that he would cross the street to avoid a black kid in a hoodie late at night, the Internet blew up. So, too, did Cuban, who's spent the morning Twitter feuding with sportswriter Bomani Jones, among others, accusing them of taking the hoodie comment out of context.

Here's what Cuban actually said to Inc.:

In this day and age the country has really come a long way in putting any type of bigotry behind us regardless of whether it's the LGBT community, whether it's xenophobia, you know, fear of people from other countries. And we've come a long way, and with that there's a price where we're a lot more vigilant in what we do. We're a lot less tolerant of different views, and it's not so easy for everyone to adopt or adapt or evolve.

We're all prejudiced in one way or another. If I see a black kid in a hoodie late at night, I'm walking to the other side of the street. If, on that side of the street, I see a guy with tattoos all over his face -- white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere -- I'm walking back to the other side of the street. And the list goes on of stereotypes that we all live up to and are fearful of.

So in my businesses, I try not to be hypocritical. I know that I'm not perfect. I know I live in a glass house, and it's not appropriate for me to throw stones. And so, when I run into bigotry in organizations I control, I try to find solutions. I work with people, or I'll send them to training, I'll send them to sensitivity training because I want to give them a chance to improve themselves, because I think that helping people improve their lives, helping people engage with people they may fear or may not understand, and helping people realize that while we all have our prejudices and bigotries, we all have to learn. It's an issue we have to try to control, that it's part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it instead of kicking the problem down the road.

It does my company no good, it does my customers no good, it does society no good if my response to somebody in their racism and their bigotry for me to say it's not right for you to be here, go take your attitude somewhere else.

Cuban's broader point -- that racism is a problem that can't be solved by drumming out the Donald Sterlings of the world, and should be addressed head-on in a substantive way -- seems right. It's the hoodie comment people are getting caught up on. Jones' critique is one of the more thoughtful ones, inasmuch as a string of tweets can be thoughtful:

Cuban disagrees:

Surely, though, Cuban could foresee that deploying a symbol as fraught as a black kid in a hoodie would inevitably obscure whatever larger point he was hoping to convey.

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Catbird
Catbird

"knock-out game" was invented for whites trying to prove they aren't racists by giving the hooded droopsters the benefit of the doubt. the chumps deserve what they get. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz

Compare this to Eric Nicholson's reaction, which is of course to not only NOT cross the street but to actually descend to his knees in order to best perform fellatio on the hooded black man. 

Got2-B-Real
Got2-B-Real

The new Funky Chicken-Shit dance can be seen in full and foolish form within these comments.Hiding behind distracting verbiage and hate filled retorts they are able to alternate between spewing crap back pats and counting their number of LIKES.Yet even with years of dance lessons starting with the election of Obama, our locals dancers lack the skills for prime time.The couldn’t funky chicken their way out of white paper hood. Their current version of a white cloak is a pseudonym and their dagger is their keyboard.

If this weren’t transparent enough, they now play the VICTIM card.How DARE you call me a racist you fucking libtard idiot?I have black friends blah blah blah blah fucking blah.And I am not sure where they pulled the notion that Elitst are not racist should look no further than any and all Republican debates.They fund your cause.

And as far as the journalist here being elitist or anti-racist?Come on.Open your eyes and just a bit of your mind.They provide the meat here daily to feed your bigot mouth.Plus they NEVER moderate even the most blatant bigoted comments, so why bite the hand that feeds you and provides this forum for you to hijack?

It is clear these comments do not apply to everyone here.It is also clear who they do belong to. Since this is no longer a blog just for people in Dallas, I would like to see more people of colorbe part of our conversation and maybe my sharing some of the comments made here with other blogs in other states might help us better understand our differences.

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas topcommenter

I have several black friends; some I've known since college. But, a couple of them are so steeped in "victimhood" that if I said, "It sure is dark outside tonight", they would consider it racist.

That's not just wrong; it's debilitating to them and others.

If I accidentally and genuinely offend someone, I'll generally apologize. But, in candid conversations about race, there should never be the need to apologize for expressing an opinion in a civil and respectful manner!.

EdD.
EdD.

If Mark Cuban sees a pair of biracial young men with face tattoos and hoodies, each walking down the sidewalk on opposite sides of the street, where does he go?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Myrna, as I've often said, there is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas topcommenter

Mark Cuban also said,

"In hindsight, I should have used different examples. I didn't consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that.  Otherwise, I stand by the words and substance of the interview and I urge people to watch the full interview."

Cuban also said emphatically, that he is NOT a racist, doesn't think that way, and was trying to be honest, candid, and responsive to a reporter's interview question.

(Sounds reasonable, contrite, and sincere to me.)

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Youth wear hoodies on a 100 degree day in Dallas because they think they look tough.  

this isn't solid fuel rocketry.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

My mother and I were driving back through the port of entry at Presidio from Mexico and I warned her, "I don't care how crowded this place is, they always waive me over to a stall and search the car".

"it's because you look scary"

So I got on a DART rail train yesterday with my bike at the Arts District station, hung my ride, and plopped down next to some utes in hoodies.

they moved to the next car.

I smelled my armpits. Nope!

bigots.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has apologized for a portion of an interview in which he spoke of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments and his own prejudices.

Specifically, Cuban apologized to the family of Trayvon Martin, the teenager who was wearing a hoodie when he was shot to death in Florida in 2012. ---Washington Post, Today

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

@Got2-B-Real

I would like to see more people of colorbe [sic] part of our conversation  

Is that because all people of color think the same way (or are all right) and all people "not of color" think the say way (and they are all wrong)?


Isn't that kinda.......what's the word I'm looking for?  Oh, yeah.... racist?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@noblefurrtexas "I have several black friends ..."


The opening rationalization of racists and bigots everywhere.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@noblefurrtexas "He apologized because he was advised to do so to end this charade of political correctness disguised as offensive disgust."


Your words, not mine.  But, I'm glad to see you have corrected your error and accept that Cuban's words were sincere.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz ... he should have used Youthful White Pierced Goth Punks on Dope in Long Matrix-style Trenchcoats ...


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noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz He really didn't need to apologize; he did nothing wrong. But, it's easier than going through many more days of his being personally attacked by the Jesse Jacksons, Al Sharptons, or other race-baiters of the world.

He was honest and expressed a sentiment held by a number of white people, black people, Latinos, and others.  It wasn't racist; it referred to situational security precautions.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@donkeyhotay

...racists and bigots everywhere.

The opening rationalization of the racialist witch-hunt anti-Amercan totalitarian whose only real power in life come from anonymity on the internet, where he can sit in judgement of SCUMBAGS. Waaaaaahhhhh!

Chances Donkey-boy has ever had black buds - very low. Chances Donkey-boy affects white-Ebonics when dealing with a black man - very high. Chances Donkey-boy voted strictly on skin color - 100 percent.

Black people don't need your help, poseur fool. The best thing you can do for the black man is STFU.

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @noblefurrtexas A simple and honest statement of fact - at least in my case. But, you need to read and understand the rest of it to grasp what I was saying....having NADA to do with rationalization of anything.

Reading is fundamental. 

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @noblefurrtexas Let's try this one more time.

It is my utter speculation that Mark Cuban was advised by professionals he trusts to apologize for certain of his remarks used in the interview. Once he decided that's what he would do, he probably wrote the verbiage for the apology, and was genuine in his phrasing.

He didn't need to apologize.  But, what surprised me was that he apologized to Trayvon Martin's family because he used the word "hoodie".  THAT is ridiculous, especially given that Trayvon Martin was a juvenile criminal and gangsta wannabe, and actually proved-up Cuban's concerns.  

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@noblefurrtexas  Cuban thought he could speak for the Human Race and he now regrets it.  Don't speak for Cuban.


"In hindsight I should have used different examples. I didn't consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that."---Mark Cuban

casiepierce
casiepierce

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @noblefurrtexas Oh my lord would you GET OFF IT?!?!? YOU are the ONLY one on the planet who thinks MC was "speaking for the human race." Just because you repeat it a zillion times doesn't make it true.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@noblefurrtexas Myrna is a cat walking you in circles making you chase her tail.  Please forgive her, she is a little lost this morning.  She has been stuck on Cuban speaking for everyone for 28 hours now

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @noblefurrtexas Again, I don't speak for Cuban.  He generally speaks quite well for himself without any trouble.

But, I also understand how these dust-ups get out of control, and what it sometimes takes to adopt the notion that 'discretion is the better part of valor'.

Until we can get far beyond the contrived racial manipulation and hyper-sensitivity in today's world, we're going to be stuck in the unproductive and destructive version of social Ground Hog Day.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@noblefurrtexas  No.  You attempted to dismiss his apology by saying he was advised to apologize.  You're not doing Cuban any favors here by speaking for him.

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @noblefurrtexas No.  I think his original comments were quite honest and candid, are views held by many people of different races, and needed no apology.

But, Mark Cuban is also a corporation, and his "brands" and public reputation are important.

If his PR people advised him to apologize and move on down the road, I'm sure the words were his, and spoken in the spirit of being honestly contrite for having thrown red meat to the race baiters.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@noblefurrtexas  You say he was advised to apologize.  So, then you say Cuban's apology was insincere and meant to cover his behind?

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @noblefurrtexas Reading is fundamental.  I wasn't speaking FOR Cuban, but about him and in his defense.

He apologized because he was advised to do so to end this charade of political correctness disguised as offensive disgust.

Mark Cuban speaks for himself, and if he felt he needed to apologize, then he did so for whatever motivated him to do it.  But, my point is that it wasn't necessary; he didn't nothing wrong.

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