Mark Cuban Says Sorry for ‘Black Kid’ Remark | 2014
“Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban found himself at the center of a social media beat-down Thursday after telling an interviewer at a conference a day earlier, “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.”
Later Thursday, Cuban issued an apology to Trayvon Martin’s family on Twitter.
“In hindsight I should have used different examples,” Cuban wrote. “I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that.”
He added that he stood by the substance of his interview.
“We’re all prejudiced in one way or the other,” Cuban 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. And 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. And the list goes on of stereotypes that we all live up to and are fearful of.”
The Associated Press reported that Miami Heat player Chris Bosh cringed when he was shown the controversial portion of Cuban’s Wednesday interview.”
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– So Donald Sterling was forced out of the NBA for making racist, bigoted remarks, but Mark Cuban gets to stay? What’s wrong with this picture? /CJ
Mark Cuban is honestly offensive in his words on black kids in hoodies
– LA Times
“The words were filled with context and steeped with insight. The words came from a respected businessman with no documented history of bias.
But no how much you dressed them up, they were still words of racial stereotyping. Coming from the owner of a professional sports team, particularly in this current Donald Sterling-shrouded climate, they were words that should not go unchallenged.
Less than a month after Sterling rocked the sports world with racist remarks, Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has openly acknowledged his own prejudices.
In an videotaped interview with Inc. Magazine Wednesday, Cuban casually tossed out stereotypes as if discussing the weather. He said he was just bringing honesty to our national discussion on race, but since when does honesty give someone a free ticket to ignorance? One hopes NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will ignore the intentions of the messenger and focus on the danger of the message.”
….Continue reading @ LA Times
– And this is the person Hillary Clinton gave a front row seat to at the first presidential debate of 2016? /CJ