Mark Cuban Under Fire for Admitting He’d Avoid ‘A Black Kid in a Hoodie’
Not sure this was the best time to have said this. But it is still a true statement.
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban came under fire on Thursday for honestly admitting that he would cross the street late at night if he saw a “black kid in a hoodie” or “a white guy with a shaved head and a lot of tattoos.” Some of Cuban’s critics had not even seen video of his full remarks before they blasted him.
“I also try not to be a hypocrite. I know I’m prejudiced. I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways,” he said on Wednesday, according to the Sporting News, at Inc’s GrowCo. Conference in Nashville. “I’ve said this before. If I see a black kid in a hoodie at night on the same side of the street, I’m probably going to walk to other side of the street. If I see a white guy with a shaved head and lots of tattoos, I’m going back to the other side of the street. If I see anybody that looks threatening, and I try not to, but part of me takes into account race and gender and image. I’m prejudiced. Other than for safety issues, I try to always catch my prejudices and be very self-aware.”
Cuban also said that when he runs into bigotry in his companies, he tries to “find solutions… work with people,” send them to training, and give them a chance to improve themselves. He mentioned that “none of us have complete pure thoughts” and mentioned people he encountered that were prejudiced against foreigners or the LGBT community.