Yep. On Thursday, May 22, NBA owner, Mark Cuban in an interview with Inc.com spoke openly (and accurately) on tolerance and prejudice when asked to comment on preventing Donald Sterling’s views in the NBA,
[Cuban later apologized to the Trayvon Martin family for the hoodie remark, “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.”]
“. . .this country has really come a long way, putting any type of bigotry behind us, regardless of who it’s towards, whether it’s the LGBT community, whether it’s xenophobia, fear of people from other countries,” Cuban said. “We’ve come a long way, and with that progress comes a price.
We’re a lot more vigilant… and we’re a lot less tolerant of different views,” Cuban said. “It’s not necessarily easy for everybody to adapt or evolve.
We’re all prejudiced in one way or the other. 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, and the list goes on of stereotypes that we all live up to and are fearful of. And so in my business it would 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, and so when I run into bigotry—in organizations I control, I try to find solutions…we have to learn that it’s an issue we have to control…”
But here is the real story—the Left fell over themselves excusing Mark Cuban for his admission of prejudice.
ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith defended Mark Cuban’s confession “. . . that he would cross the street late at night if he saw a ‘black kid in a hoodie’ or a ‘white guy with a shaved head and lots of tattoos’ needed to ‘grow up.’ ”
Smith said while on ESPN Thursday, “I took no issue whatsoever with what Mark Cuban said. He happens to be correct.”
Fox’s Geraldo made Cuban’s line regarding the hoodie about himself, reiterating that he believed the hoodie, “. . .killed Tayvon Martin as much as Zimmerman, because it fit the stereotype of every surveillance video of every stick-up of every 7-11 that we see time and time again in the local news programs. . .” Then Geraldo pontificates that there are definite stereotypes, “ [we] have a race reaction but that does not make us racist. There is a racial reality when it comes to law and order, crime and punishment that is undeniable. It’s not that Mark Cuban, George Zimmerman… Geraldo Rivera, invented it.” WHAT?
Then on The Five, committed Leftist, Bob Beckel says, “It’s normal to be afraid of black people and it’s time we admitted it. How about if it was six of them in black hoodies and you were up in Harlem on Saturday night?”
Katie Pavlich took what I’d consider a somewhat scripted defense, “I thoroughly reject this idea that we all have our prejudices and we’re all bigoted in some way. I completely reject that. But I’m gonna use the example that he gave. If I see a black kid in a hoodie walking down the street, late at night, and I’m walking down the street? I cross the street because I feel unsafe. Same thing with the tattoos on the guy with the face and the bald head. …I’m not being a bigot or being prejudiced it’s about simply putting my safety first.”
Andrea Tantaros then weighed in pointing out to Pavlich, that she would be “prejudging” the person on the street in that scenario. She seemed to agree. But Pavlich said moments earlier, “I thoroughly reject this idea that we all have our prejudices and we’re all bigoted in some way. I completely reject that.”
Fox News is my TV default channel. It’s on all day, and most of the night. It’s my background sound not unlike those who play music all day. So when I tell you that all day long, this streamed theme that Mark Cuban is not racist—that the points he made are legitimate—that being “fear driven”, “safety driven”, that “we all prejudge” is not to be equated with racism were echoed through-out Fox’s coverage—I am not exaggerating.
Rush Limbaugh played a montage of the “noted media figures immediately coming to Mark Cuban’s defense, admitting, ‘Hey, he’s a good liberal. He’s down for the struggle. We know he’s not a racist. But he is now officially under suspicion.’ ”
I’ll yield to Limbaugh’s judgment that Cuban will be under suspicion from now on by the Left. What I do know, that if anyone else said what Cuban said, he’d be lamb-basted. Why? Because Cuban spoke the truth regarding a human condition called prejudice. It is absolutely involved in the human process of thinking. He was not only forthcoming—he is one hundred percent accurate. And that may be the reason he got the support from the Left and the denial that what he said is a form of racism. Cuban is prominent and respected, he is traditionally educated, but his work ethic is all American. When you learn to value a dollar and fight to make a buck as he did from childhood, there is an intellectual level—an understanding that comes no other way. And when you speak the truth, there is an inherent power in it to prevail.
In Part II I will cover why prejudice and bias are normal and how the Left perverts this normal brain function to garner votes by maintaining a permanent victim mentality in their base and to further the socialistic cold war in America.