Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban is known for the controversial remarks his billionaire-status oh-so-affords him, but did he go too far this time?
In the video, Cuban claims we all are prejudice and bigoted in some way and therefore shouldn’t be hypocritical.
Though his comments are a bit brash, I’d have to agree with him.
Let’s face it; we all are victims to the 6:00 news in many ways. The images that are perpetuated of certain groups are what shape our perceptions and even though we cry-foul when a member of the opposite race speaks out like Cuban, the same fears and stereotypes are maintained cross racial lines.
Frankly put, if I saw a person, never mind the race walking towards me on a dark street wearing a hoodie, I might be inclined to cross the street or clinch my purse as well.
The irony is, I was the victim of purse-snatching years ago and the assailant was a Caucasian male. Even so, as a black woman, I’m probably more uncomfortable with the aforementioned scenario being a black male than would be seeing another Caucasian male approaching.
Sad but true, the power of the media is undeniable.
I know, most blacks in America are law-abiding citizens but because media coverage is so imbalanced, my mind may tell me otherwise at first glimpse.
In light of the recent Trayvon Martin case, Cuban tweeted a public apology to the Martin family saying,
“In hindsight I should have used different examples. I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that.”
He added, “Beyond apologizing to the Martin family, I stand by the words and substance of the interview.”
What are your thoughts?