Many Americans concerned about our nation’s devolved state of public discourse contend that any conversation touching on the subject of race can now lead to unwarranted charges of bigotry. Honest dialogues, therefore, are too often replaced by measured, politically correct stances on the highly charged issue of race relations.
While L.A. Clippers owner Don Sterling was pilloried by the press and millions of Americans for apparently racist comments he made during a recorded private conversation, others are finding it impossible to weigh in on the subject without facing similar criticism.
For instance, fellow NBA team owner Mark Cuban was specifically asked recently to offer his take on the Sterling controversy. The Dallas Mavericks owner responded with candid insight into his own viewpoint that has since exposed him to some harsh allegations.
“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,” he began. “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.”
Though this seems to prove that Cuban is wary of suspicious characters in any race, many interpreted his comments as somehow racist or bigoted.
Damn, Mark Cuban racist too or I’m hearing wrong???
— DJ T.Lewis (@IamTlewis) May 22, 2014
I don’t know whether Mark Cuban is a racist or a bigot, but I do know he’s a douchebag. — C. Álvarez-Aranyos (@CAlvarezAranyos) May 22, 2014
Of course, plenty of others recognized his concern.
You’re ignorant if you’re calling Mark Cuban racist because you’re ignoring the message.
— Beni(Au)to (@iBenTheMan) May 22, 2014
If you think what Mark Cuban said is racist, get better. — Nicoal™ (@SeehawksWin) May 22, 2014
As for Cuban, he too used Twitter to explain his intention.
. @JPCavan You owe me an apology for calling me a racist. I have my failings and I mentioned those in the interview. But a racist I am not
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 22, 2014
View Cuban’s comments in context below and decide for yourself whether his opinion deserved the excoriation it received:
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This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom