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Mark Cuban: "I'm A Prejudiced Bigot"

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  • Center Left
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    Dallas, TX
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    Let's clear the air on the topic of Dallas Maverick's owner Mark Cuban addressing Donald Sterling and racism. He is getting a lot of heat for an interview he did with Inc. Magazine, talking about his view on things. The media has taken a few lines from an almost 3 minute answer he gave during a video interview to make it appear that Cuban is possibly racist. Or at least that Cuban is saying that some racism and prejudice is okay. While I do think there is a modicum of truth to their insinuations, hopefully when I present the quote in full, contrasted to what the big news outlets are running as headlines, it will be clear that CNN and the like are blowing this quote out of proportion so they can continue to have the heated debate over racism and Sterling. (The title of this forum is an example of what I'm talking about; I copied it from The Young Turks to prove a point.)

    Here's the partial quote from the Cuban interview that CNN and the like are debating (if its racist or not):

    "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 (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."

    And here's the quote in full he gave in the interview to Inc. Magazine, on the question of what he does to combat the bigotry and racism he comes across as a manager and an owner:

    You know, in this day and age, this country has really come a long way putting any type of bigotry behind us, regardless who it's towards. Whether it's the LGBT community, whether its xenophobia, fear of people from other countries.. We've come a long way, and with that progress comes price. We're a lot more vigilant and a lot less tolerant of different views. And it's not necessarily easy for everybody to adopt, or adapt, or evolve.

    I mean we are all prejudice in one way or the other. If I see a black kid in a hoodie and its late at night, I'm walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street there's a guy that has tattoos all over his face, white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere, I'm walking back to the other side of the street. And the list goes on of stereotypes that we all live up to and are fearful of. And so, in my businesses, I try not to be hypocritical. You know, I know that I'm not perfect. I know that I live in a glass house, and it's not appropriate for me to throw stones.

    And so when I run into bigotry, in organizations I control, I try to find solutions. I'll work with people, I'll send 'em to training, I'll send 'em to sensitivity training. I'll try to give them a chance to improve themselves, because I think helping people improve their lives, helping people engage with people they may fear or may not understand, and helping people realize that while we all have our prejudices and bigotries, we have to learn that it's an issue that we have to control. That it's part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it, not just to kick the problem down the road because it does society, it does my company no good, it does my customers no good, it does society no good if my response to somebody and their racism or bigotry is to say "It's not right for you to be here. Go take your attitude somewhere else."


    While you may gravitate to the part of the answer that CNN and the like did (and I don't blame you), it's unfair to only focus on just that part, and not the answer in its entirety. But I guess that's the shortfall and problem with 24-hour news sensationalism; they have to blow things out of proportion to get viewership, and to give their guys and gals something to have heated debates over. Racism is always good for heated debate. Dissecting a comment ad nauseam, even if sort of out of context is another thing these big networks do.

    Cuban was honest. And while I think there is somewhat of a story here, it really annoys me to see something so obviously twisted for the sake of headlines. You know, for a 24 hour news network to not run the full 2 minute and 43 second Cuban response is irresponsible, if you are going to engage in legitimate debate. You have 24 hours! Run the whole damned clip guys. Be fair. Did Cuban make you uncomfortable with that comment? Do you not agree that we all see the world with our own prejudices? While its not a popular thing to say out loud, it is mostly true. The word prejudice distilled down to its dictionary definition (void of connotation) means to pre-judge. We all pre-judge. That is a fact. I believe that was all that Cuban was attempting to point out here. Although, like Cuban always does, he stuck his foot in his mouth and gave the media just enough of a headline to run with. ...It's up to everyone to rise above our base nature to pre-judge everything, and be open-minded. I think that was the sentiment he was going for.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Yes I agree; here in Ft. Myers area, 80% of crimes are committed by "colored" people; so what are you supposed to think?
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Lots of people think the same thing--they just would never admit it like Cuban did.

    Cubans problem was that he told the truth instead of giving the politically correct answer (lies) like most people would.

    Cuban is rich and famous and his mouth has gotten him in trouble many times before. And he's paid plenty (millions) in fines.

    At least he's honest...unlike most people.
  • Center Left
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    Charlotte, NC
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    "Do we all see the world with our own prejudices" YES. 110%. If someone... Anyone says they are not prejudice, or biased, they are lying. You cannot control how you concisely think about a person or situation. You CAN most of the times control how you portray that physically or verbally. With mainstream media and Corporette America getting ahold of every little thing turning it all into a sideshow of feelings, we will NEVER get passed the things that bother everyone.

    It's amazing how much effect television and video editing has on the world today. Has everyone forgot we are PEOPLE?! Human beings. Thats it. We should not cry when someone says something we do not like. Why not cry? Because you are a GROWN MAN, or GROWN WOMAN. Not a 6 year old child who was just called "stupid" in school.

    I was watching a video on 'Youtube' a few days ago with a favorite actor of mine Ron Pearlman. He was at the air port, no crowd around, with his dog trying to get on a plane. A man was video taping him in a strange fasion, so Ron asked him at first to stop taping him. The man declined so Ron reached for the camera slowley and the "man" proceeded to say "DON"T ASSAULT ME".... Are you kidding me? Don't assault me? What the hell happened to one man having respect for another?

    The church goers in my town are hold their head up high while they judge every one else. I've personally seen it, it's well known. But yet if word starts to spread they are OPENLY (keyword-OUT IN THE OPEN) judgemental then WHOAH! No no no! Leave our church and we will slander your name! Even though they preach that everyone else will go to hell "Except us yall! Were Good"

    The reporters for pretty much all news media, report on how bad bad bad these people like Donald Sterling are, yet they themselves CAN NOT say they have never thought those things or said them. CAN NOT. It is impossible to not have those feelings in your head. It is human nature.

    These thoughts naturally fly into your head in a fraction of a millisecond. You brain is a data base filled with life experiences. If one of those experiences that you connect to are negative, and include someone of another race (or for the sexist out there- Man or Woman) Does that make you a racist or prejudice? NO! That makes you a normal human being with a functioning brain. AGAIN. It is up to you if you would like to verbalize it.

    If you do verbalize it, that leads back to the point of who's going to cry about it. Why?... Why cry? We have all of these channels, tv shows, events, etc, etc celebrating African Americans, but yet it would be RACIST for the white man to do the same. Why? Because mainstream America SAYS SO! News media, movies, songs, literature, says so.

    Oprah Winfrey walked into a store about a year ago to buy a purse, the WHITE clerk asked her if she could help, and Winfrey said yes. "I would like the purse on the top shelf". Apperantly the clerk went on to tell Oprah that it was a 12,000 dollar purse, and she had a cheaper one that looked the same. Oprah declined and went on the purchase the more expensive purse. NOW... The media got a hold of this.... The young clerk lost her job temporarily (maybe permanently) for being a RACIST, and swarms of hypocritical people came to the rescue with their OWN PERSONAL NEGATIVE JUDGEMENTAL COMMENTS.

    What actually happend was normal. The clerk was friendly and tried to inform her there was a cheaper purse that looked the same. Being it is a 12,000 dollar purse. Oprah said the clerk wasn't rude and laughed when asked if she was racist "Of course not, she was doing her job". Do you honestly think someone would decline Oprah... of ALL people, to purchase a expensive purse because she is African American?

    The answer is no. Media got ahold of it and saw a racism story... Pathetic... If racism wasn't in the news 24-7 and everyone would stop talking about it, guess what, it would go away. If there's a group of bully's in high school that their only weapon is calling hurtful names, what do you do? Well, what the logical thing to do is STOP LISTENING TO THEM! If that is what is in there arsenal, take their arsenal from them! But, if lets say 10 people out of 100 still continue to cry and throw fits everytime they don't like what the bully says, then what happens? The bullies stay alive and thrive. It's simple and sad.
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    Agreed with everything said here thus far. Only exception, check out Don Lemon over on CNN. He is actually going to bat for Cuban, making the very clear and lucid argument that Cuban (in his own way) is "starting a conversation" on prejudice and racism, a conversation worth having. Honest and open debate.

    I've always liked Lemon. He is one of the few TV journalists that seems not afraid to be himself AND has intelligent insights that are a lot of times unpopular to voice. Don't get me wrong, I've seen Lemon do the normal, silly CNN story reporting that takes him down a few notches (like every anchor on that station). But at least he displays correct integrity when he feels a side is not being represented fairly.
  • Liberal
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    If any of you are ever in a situation in which everything has been taken away from you including your freedom...... along with accepting that you are no longer relevant (de humanization)

    Now, you are forced to not only live with strangers, but with other races......LIFE gets real simple. You may be a predator on one day and prey on the next, Then and only then will you realize just how racist we all are. racism exits in all economic classes. The only thing constant in a situation like that is emotion.

    You see.. in prison,,,the inmate I feared is the man with the most to fear. you'll be surprised what you're capable of in there when you're scared.
    you start observing the behaviors of all races and it verifies why you feel the way you do.

    I remember a black inmate asked me in Leavenworth...."why are you guys from LA the way you are??? (we don't deal in any way with blacks)

    I replied, :you seem to be an alright person,,,but its not for you to understand


    I am not a racist...but in there...I was

  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    I watched Stephen Smith on ESPN and heard his reply to Mark Cuban"s statement, and it is a really well thought out and intelligent reply, devoid of all knee jerk comments and it deserves a much larger audience to hear him.