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Is Mark Cuban Right About the Pervasiveness of Prejudice?

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has ignited a firestorm with candid comments on his own biases. (Eric Gay/Associated Press)
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has ignited a firestorm with candid comments on his own biases. (Eric Gay/Associated Press)

 

(The Washington Post) – Another week, another NBA owner spouting off about race.

This time it was Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who, in discussing L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s recent racist remarks, managed to set off a firestorm of his own.

“I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways,” Cuban told an audience Wednesdayat Inc. magazine’s GrowCo conference in Nashville. “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 who has tattoos all over his face, white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere, I’m walking back to the other side.”

Too soon, Cuban, on that blithe reference to a hoodie, a sweatshirt suffused with symbolism since unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was shot to death in 2012 while wearing one.

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