Yesterday we reported on comments Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made to The Tennessean. In an interview, Cuban admitted to being “prejudiced” and “bigoted,” arguing that all people make negative assumptions based on how others look. After the interview, Cuban took to his Twitter account to apologize to Trayvon Martin’s family after saying that he’d cross the street if he saw a “black kid in a hoodie.“
Cuban even revealed some of his own prejudices in the interview with Inc. magazine, and said he believes everyone has “prejudices and bigotries” on some level. But after his words — which came with the NBA still dealing with the fallout over racist remarks made by now-banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling — created a stir in social media and other circles, Cuban took to Twitter to offer his apology.
“In hindsight I should have used different examples,” Cuban wrote. “I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that.”
It seems that Cuban is the latest person to use “black kid in a hoodie” as short hand for “threatening” or “scary.”
Thoughts on Cuban’s apology?
Would using a different example have made things “better”?
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