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Mark Cuban apologizes to Trayvon Martin’s family for ‘bigotry’ statement that never made sense

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Mark Cuban caused a stir when attempting to address racism and bigotry. During an interview with Inc., Cuban addressed the Donald Sterling situation by saying that everyone has their own prejudices.

“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.”

Many individuals voiced their displeasure with Cuban on social media because of the specific language used in his statement. The “black kid in a hoodie” quote reminded some of George Zimmerman’s acquittal of the murder of Trayvon Martin. Cuban retracted his statement by saying, “In hindsight I should have used different examples. I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family and I apologize to them for that.”

But while Cuban caught backlash for the “black kid in a hoodie” statement, his entire argument was flawed and misplaced when considering Sterling’s issue.

Cuban also said, “It does no good to respond to racism or bigotry by telling them to go take their attitudes somewhere else.”

But crossing the street when approached by someone you don’t know is a lot different than being a billionaire and affecting lives through discrimination. Of course, most people are often uncomfortable with individuals who they’re unfamiliar with in certain circumstances.

But for three decades, Sterling has a record of creating hostile environments that were predicated on race. The housing discrimination that he and his wife enforced to keep out black and Mexican tenants, and the racism that was described by former Clippers’ GM, Elgin Baylor, are clear examples of bigotry in action.

This is why Cuban’s entire statement didn’t make much sense when considering Sterling and his past and presence. It’s beyond the thought of being scared of a black kid with a hoodie or white guy with tattoos.

When someone is in a position to control the lives of others, that’s when the racist ideas and bigot thoughts are most harmful.

On June 3, Cuban and other NBA owners will vote to force Sterling to sell the Clippers. Throughout the ordeal, Cuban has referenced that ousting Sterling could be a “slippery slope” and appears to be on the fence about the idea. Let’s just hope that other NBA owners realize why it’s imperative for the league to get rid of Sterling completely.

 

 



4 Comments

  1. thomasms on May 23, 2014 at 10:32 am

    true is true

  2. butter bean sugar on May 23, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    i been saying for ever that mark cuban is a racist .. i think he is a new age racist one who can give excuses for racism rather than solutions .. he is a fearful racist iwth all kinds of issues in his head .. he bought that NBA TEAM WITH 90% BLACK MALES .. AND IT WAS like putting a bird in a cage with lions .. he has a ovious fear of black people .. he is rich and probably has never had very many black businees assosciated or friends … you never hear of him with black associates other than the players .. he has a look in his face that shows he is indifferent to people .that statement he made bout a man in a hoody dont apply if the man in the hood was white of course it dont !! he is a lier when he said a tatooed skin head would make him cross the street .. boy that is classic white people lier they tell … only if you black will any of them cross a dam street .. make cuban is such a narcasist … he is pretentious and elusive in comments . he make no sense even dragging rreyvon martin in this .. he made it clear that treyvon martin was not the issue here its more of whites wanting blacks to babysitt them and move on pass a horrid pass of raciism in america how can we forgetthe pass when we still got zimmermans and cuban spewing hate … mark cuban knows nothing bout black history accept he owns slaves on a basket ball court PLANTATION… THAT IS WHAT HE SEES .A JEW OWNING SLAVES HOW BOUT THAT > MARK CUBAN

    • Mike Lammers on May 23, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Wow. Slaves on the court. I guess all those multi million dollar athletes including the white ones, are slaves now. Wish I cuda been one. The problem is that these days everyone is a racist at some point. Race card gets pulled if u disagree w/ Obama. Unless ur black guy like me, then of course , ur an Uncle Tom. All of us, have pre-conceived ideas abt. Other races. Some accurate and some not. But I don’t meet hardly any one who believes in the superiority of one race over another. That’s the true definition of a racist. So I seriously doubt if Cuban falls into that category.

      • butter bean sugar on May 28, 2014 at 6:05 pm

        whites started the whole race war thing , if their ancestors had come to africa and bought us back by choice , offering jobs and money family support , they still could have cropped their fields and fed their babies , they didnt have to do what they did , now look who pays the consequences for their bad choices their children children ,, some of us are white by blood line and dont even know it .. or care to know it … america has skelletons , and whites like things in a manner of turn your back and only be concerned about whats in your own backyard .. just like they didnt miss the opportunitie to slave our people we want miss the opportunitie to remind them of it … mark cuban whole thing is we should not remember the pass ,, how do you better the future if you dont remember the pass ., the pass was a lesson in better….. he need to shut up his racist flag is flying , call him a good ole boy .. did you for get he is in racist ass texas too lmao

        RACIST OLE DALLAS TEXAS … THE MOST RACIST OF ALL THE STATE CITIES AND THEY STILL DRAGGING BLACKS BEHIND TRUCKS LIKE THEY USED TO DRAG NIGG…ERS BEHIND HORSES … SYMBOLIC HUH ? OKKKK
        SO dont pay mark cuban no mind lett him struggle with his own racist doubts …
        i said the NBA NFL PLAYERS ARE SLAVES CAUSE THE NCAA.. is made up of abunch of whites , most of those teams are owned primarily by whites … they buy those players like they auctioning slaves off .. yes they pay them but to me its not but 3% of what the slave owner makes .. some of the slaves in the 1800s got payed but they were still treated indifferent .. and laughted a t

        stevino is laughing at a people who helped him to be as wealthy as he become ,not funny now .. as you see . NO ONE CARES IF THEY MAKE MILLIONS , HUH I WOULDNT WANT HIS MILLIONS IF HE HAS TO GIVE IT TO ME ….. IF HE JUST SEES ME AS A SLAVE ANY HOW
        if you said that cool just pay me my millions . the house nigg.rs said hang the man from the tree just as long as i get my hogg scraps i will help built the fire to burn him .. no problem massa . food to the slaves meant the same as a million to a nigro chasin a ball okkkk
        if you DONT GET THAT POINT ITS YOUR BUSINESS .. IF YOU DONT STAND FOR SOMETHING YOULL FALL FOR ANYTHING fredrick douglas 1778