Am I Supposed to Be Upset?
Greetings! It has been some time since I’ve written. Things have been hectic around this way. From working 15-hour days, to working on a house and prepping for a baby, I’m worn out. More than anything, I’m worn out from the constant media overload to every minute and minuscule story that drapes it way across the interweb.
If you haven’t heard by now, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made “controversial” comments regarding stereotypes, bigotry and racism. In the interview, which was taped as a part of a piece done by Inc. Magazine at their Grow Conference (GrowCo.), Cuban, who was being asked about Donald Sterling and bigotry in the NBA, mentioned that he himself has prejudices. In his candid response, he stated that he would cross the street if he saw a “black kid in a hoodie, at night” walking towards him, he’d go “to the other side of the street.” He also stated that he would do the same if he say a “white guy with a shaved head and tattoos all over.” Going further, Cuban also stated how race, age and gender play a part in the fear that would push him to make such a decision. Cuban’s position is that he
As you would expect, the media – both social and established- took this story and ran. Some brought up the fact that the reference of “a black kid in a hoodie” immediate struck a nerve with those still thinking of the Trayvon Martin murder and verdict. Some have taken to twitter to rant about how Cuban is being bigoted, which he readily admitted to being. The interesting part is that many people are missing the part where Cuban admits to being biased, because…WE ALL ARE! All of us have preconceived notions about people, based on the stereotypes we assume are true regarding said person. He makes the point that it would be tough to vote to ban Donald Sterling, while himself holding prejudices and biases.
Since the interview, Mark Cuban has apologized to the family of Trayvon Martin for using the hoodie reference, stating that “In hindsight, I should have used different examples. I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that.”
Here is what it boils down to; Mark Cuban gave an honest opinion about human nature. We all have biases and prejudices. To say that you don’t would be dishonest and foolish. Maybe his wording wasn’t great. That’s fair. But what is not fair is to act as though Cuban’s comments point to a startling revelation. We all have biases, but it is how we respond and act out those biases that show our true character.
Until next time…