Mark Cuban: I’m a Bigot, “If I See a Black Kid in a Hoodie on My Side of the Street, I’ll Move..”

by / May 22, 2014 Black News 179 Comments

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban may own a team of mostly black men, but outside of his Mark_Cubanposition as NBA owner, he admits to being bigoted where black men wearing hoodies are concerned.

During a GrowCo conference on Wednesday, Cuban admitted that he’s sometimes racist and even went so far as to give examples.

“I know I’m prejudiced, and I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways,” Cuban said.

“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 (on the side he now is on), I’ll move back to the other side of the street. None of us have pure thoughts; we all live in glass houses.”

Cuban was trying to make the point that everyone has a bias and no one is immune from making decisions based on stereotypes.

Cuban says although he’s not ready to comment on the Sterling affair, he knows how he will vote on June 3. Regarding keeping bigotry out of the NBA, Cuban says there’s really no way to do that.

“You don’t; there’s no law against stupid,” Cuban said. “I’m the one guy who says don’t force the stupid people to be quiet. I want to know who the morons are.”

Cuban’s comments stirred controversy and among the first to come to his defense was sports commentator  Stephen A. Smith, who went on air to defend Cuban. This is curious considering that in 2012, Cuban spent the first half of an interview on ESPN’s First Take trashing co- hosts Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless.

Dr Boyce Watkins, who often speaks on racial issues in the United States, says that Cuban’s comments probably have an agenda.

“I get the sense that Mark is seeking to subtely vouch for Donald Sterling,” says Watkins. “He didn’t have to do that interview and he didn’t have to admit that he was racist.  Also, Stephen A. probably should never have defended Cuban’s remarks.  There’s a difference between being a bigot in the privacy of your own home vs. spending 30 years keeping black people out of homes and jobs.  Cuban should not be defending Mark Sterling and he shouldn’t imply that black men can’t wear hoodies without being scary monsters.”

Dr Watkins says more about Cuban’s remarks in this video.

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  3. em11965; so what if you saw a white man with a suit and tie! Then would you be afraid? !!!!

  4. You notice how every positive response for Cuban either came from ignorant black women or brothers who toot their own horn. This is not by chance, but by something known as the “SLAVED MIND”! RE – read what they said and analyze what they said!

  5. I agree

  6. At least he is honest.

  7. Mark Cuban saying he would walk to the other side of the street, is hardly his problem here, he showed his racist side, when he came out supporting Donald Sterling, and since he did that, what he said about Trayvon Martin, only proves he was racist then, and surely before Trayvon. So all the black folks saying no harm done, because he would go to the other side of the street, should not be the main problem here for the racist, but it certainly add more weight to many claims he is a racist. He is a racsit, he said so himself. What about his support for Sterling, talking about it is a slippry slop, because the audio was illegal, okay, so it was illegal, what does that mean? It shows him supporting a racist, therefore he is a racist.

  8. I just got through doing some research on Mark Cuban. At a game with Cuban team and the Nuggets, Kenyon Martin of the Nuggets mother was in the stands, she was cheering and called Cuban team thugs, now we all know when we say this, it is only a metaphor, but Cuban heard her say these things, and told Kenyon Martin's, mother, that includes your son. Days later told her directly to her face, Kenyon Martin was a thug, and a punk. He was serious. This was a few days before mother's day. When the media told Kenyon Martin about Cuban showing disrespect to his mom, he said, "Don't worry, I will take care of it". So when Kenyon Martin saw Cuban at a game, he cursed him out. You do not have to believe me, google Mark Cuban, yelling at Kenyon Martin mother.

  9. This debate is stupid to me….you will never be able to control what someone else perceives, all of of have perceptions of racism, and misunderstanding of other races , that is never going to change. And for those who want to pretend that this is not reality, or says that this need to be fully changed, that is on realistic. Reality is as long as we live in a world thats has multiple races, there will be racism, stereotyping, and misunderstanding, and to expect people to walk around and keep those beliefs and thoughts completely quiet is more dangerous then allowing then to have their beliefs and thoughts.

  10. Well said……Thank you

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  13. In his scenario, the white guy needed visible tattoos to his FACE! The equivelant I his mind was a black guy in a hoodie. Switch races? See the problem with this scenario? Does he switch sides for a white guy in a hoodie? I doubt it. This black guys “skin was his sin”.

  14. I wouldn’t spend another dime with this guy even if it cost me more to support the equivilant of anything that he didn’t benefit from.

  15. Is this guy trying to gain street cred for being a basketball fan by mentioning OKC? From my perspective he doesn't know the team or doesn't keep up with basketball or doesn't know basketball by making that statement…I didn't even watch games 1 and 2 because I heard Ibaka was injured but I've been watching since I was 5 y/o. Also it's ok for this guy to say those things about black people because? I found that funny…this is clearly a rant and he self promoted himself lol, for what? This guy is not a lawyer. Maybe what Cuban meant was we are all ignorant in some way.

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