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05/22/2014

Mark Cuban is a profiler, not a racist

Cuban-003His basketball team has been out of the playoffs for a few weeks, but Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban receives a tip of the cap for making himself relevant again. Because Cuban does not want to address the Donald Sterling issue at all, he did.

Speaking Wednesday at the annual GrowCo conference in Nashville, Tenn., Cuban made some serious headlines by speaking his truth. Click here for the full story from The Tennessean by Shelley Dubois (sdubois@tennessean.com).

Cuban warned the audience he would go "full Mark Cuban", and he didn't fail to deliver.

"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."

Cuban's words blew up the Internet, as this quote painted the picture of an African American wearing a hoodie conjured the image of the late Trayvon Martin. Not Cuban's best choice of words, but do not let that deter you from hearing his message.

UnknownTo make such a strong comment so soon after Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling made so many friends by re-offending the world with his racist comments was brave, maybe tone-deaf, and very Cuban-like.

Cuban's comments are going to be taken as racist, because that is the easy thing to do, but basically he admits to what all of us do consciously or subconsciously - profiling. Time, date, place combined with appearance and the "temperature" of an area affects the way we gauge people. He says he is judging based on stereotypes.

It is one thing to be open-minded, fair and decent, and quite another to be stupid. There is that line.

Cuban has a big mouth with a track record of not exactly showering his employees, other than players or coaches, with money, but he has no resume that suggests he is some racist, bigot a la Sterling.

Considering the three-digit heat that Sterling's comments generated on the never-ending debate of race and fair treatment of all in this country, this is the ideal time for Cuban to make these statements.

There may not will never be a fair and equitable solution to this highly-sensitive issue, but it goes nowhere if people are not at least a little bit honest about their feelings. Cuban was. Don't kill him for it.

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Comments

godzilla

You write good articles. Well done.

Randy Frame

Self preservation doesn't make you a racist. Can't say that I would move over to the other side just for a hoodie or bald and tattoos though. I'd need some other thing to give me a bad vibe, because that's just not enough for me.

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Adam Baum

The problem has been the focus on irrelevant arguments – some of which are actually unsupported by the evidence.

1. ‘George Zimmerman (GZ) racially profiled Trayvon Martin (TM)’ There is no evidence of this.

2. ‘GZ disobeyed an order by the police’ * The civilian dispatcher, Sean Noffke, testified that he did not give GZ an order and, in fact, he, like his fellow dispatchers, are trained not make comments that sound like commands. * Noffke also testified under cross that, as a result of his asking GZ which way TM was going, GZ could have reasonably interpreted this as being asked to follow Martin. * It is also not a crime in Florida to disregard a comment made by a civilian dispatcher.

3. ‘GZ got out of his car’ Not a crime on public property and not negligent either.

4. ‘GZ followed TM’ Again, anyone can follow anyone on a public street unless the followee has obtained a restraining order against the follower and even there, the RS only places time, place, and manner restrictions on the person enjoined.

5. ‘GZ wasn’t really injured’ * Under Florida’s self-defense laws, one doesn’t have to be injured AT ALL to use deadly force * No one is required to refrain from defending himself while another is engaged in or attempting to commit a felony.

6. ‘TM is dead through no fault of his own’ * If you believe that TM assaulted GZ, then he IS dead as a result of his own actions.

7. ‘GZ could have left’ * Under Florida law, there is not a duty to withdraw rather than use deadly force * TM was straddling GZ so how the latter was supposed to leave the scene is unanswered.

8. ‘GZ was armed and TM wasn’t’ * One’s fists can be considered weapons and can result in severe bodily harm or death. * GZ was legally carrying a weapon * There is no requirement under the law that the same weapon be used by the assailant * A homeowner can kill an intruder whether or not he has been threatened * Those that attack cannot feign surprise if they are met with superior firepower.

9. ‘Stand Your Ground!’ * SYG is NOT at issue in this trial. * The defense is a classic self-defense case.

10. ‘Black men NEVER get to use SYG!’ * Wrong http://tinyurl.com/nboht35

11. ‘GZ is a man and TM was a boy!’ * As if ‘boys’ don’t commit murder, rape, and assault everyday in this country.

Sam

Funny how when a man talks truth about real issues the self righteousness in some people comes out , the truth is all people at one time in their lives have felt the way Mark feels. Everyone has said the N word or called a Mexican a derogatory term or done the same to a white person because we are all imperfect and make mistakes and we all can prejudge a person based on color of skin...no one is innocent of prejudice not cops not writers not politicians.

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