Thursday, May 22, 2014

Cuban Speaks the Truth!

The NBA is still dealing with the fallout of Donald Sterling's private comments to his bi-racial girlfriend and will soon have a hearing to decide if Sterling violated the NBA Constitution by comments made.

One of those owners that will vote on the future of Sterling is Mark Cuban the owner of the Dallas Mavericks. Cuban is no stranger to fines by the NBA and brash or controversial statements. In an interview with Inc. Magazine Cuban stated, "I mean, we're all prejudiced in one way or another. If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it's 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."

What does the media take from that statement? Cuban is a racist because he moves across the street way from the black kid in a hoodie. Totally ignore the fact that he just said he cross back to the other side if he saw a bald headed, tattoo white guy. Cuban went on to explain further, "And the list goes on of stereotypes that we all live up to and are fearful of. So in my businesses, I try not to be hypocritical. 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."

Mark Cuban is not alone as no one person is perfect, no one person is free of prejudice. Prejudice is how our brains discern from friend or foe, safe or dangerous, right or wrong. People are naïve to believe that racist rants, racist comments, use of slurs are the monopoly of one class or race in society. Every race, class or group of society has their prejudices of other groups.

Trouble is no one wants to be honest about this topic. Instead we must bully those that make an off-colored comment, joke or assumption. And if you don't cowtail to the PC Police we will make life hell until you do....btw that is being a bully. We don't want bullying going on in school but we are all for it when dealing with people, companies or groups we disagree with.

Take a moment and do your own inventory of your prejudices. Everyone has them. Right or wrong there exist.