Mark Cuban on Donald Sterling: We All Have Prejudices and Bigotries (Video)
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has a reputation for being a hot head who says things out loud without really considering (or maybe just disregarding) what the consequences will be when other people hear them. However, not everything Cuban says is brash. Sometimes he provides interesting insights that are worthy of consideration.
The comments he recently made at the Inc. Magazine GrowCo conference about Donald Sterling, racism, and bigotry certainly fits this description.
Here are the excerpts of his remarks that are now floating around on the internet, courtesy of the The Tennessean:
On whether or not he will vote to oust Clippers owner Donald Sterling: You’ll find out. I know how I’m going to vote, but I’m not ready to comment on it.
On how to keep bigotry out of the NBA: You don’t. There’s no law against stupid.
On stupidity in general: I’m the one guy who says don’t force the stupid people to be quiet – I want to know who the morons are.
On bigotry in general: I know I’m prejudiced and I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways. 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. If I see a white guy with a shaved head and tattoos, I’ll move back to the other side of the street. None of us have pure thoughts, we all live in glass houses.
Some people are going to call his comments “controversial,” and they’re going to take these quotes out of context to help manufacture that controversy. Mark Cuban says he is bigoted! Mark Cuban says he’s afraid of black kids in hoodies! Mark Cuban doesn’t categorically proclaim Donald Sterling the worst person alive! Everyone, quick, get outraged!
Don’t buy into this nonsense. Don’t be a reactionary. Use your brain.
Here’s a video with some of these remarks that gives more insight into what Cuban is getting at:
Cuban does say that he is bigoted, and he does talk about being afraid of black kids. But he also talks about being afraid of white guys with tattoos. His point is that such stereotypes are irrational, wrong, and often hurtful, but that many or even most people have them anyway and don’t realize or admit it. Those were just two examples he gave to demonstrate his point.
And by the way, he is totally right. We all have stereotypes of one kind or another because that is how the human brain works. Mark Cuban is not justifying racism. He is trying to explain it and open up an honest dialogue about race that dispenses with dogma.
But go ahead. Call his comments “controversial.”
Hat Tip – [Bleacher Report]