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What Should We Take Away From The Interview That Mark Cuban Did With Inc. Earlier This Week?

Submitted by on May 23, 2014 – 10:39 amNo Comment
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Early yesterday morning, Mark Cuban made a ton of headlines when an interview that he did with the magazine Inc. earlier this week started making the rounds online. During the interview, Cuban was asked about Donald Sterling and, rather than duck the question, he faced it head-on with a very open and honest answer. He candidly revealed that “I know I’m prejudiced and I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways” and then proceeded to explain some of his shortcomings as a person.

“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,” he said. “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.”

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And just like that, Cuban’s name was everywhere with people instantly becoming outraged by his interview. But if you went out and found the actual interview (as seen above) and watched Cuban’s response, it wasn’t anywhere near as controversial as it sounded. On paper, his quotes sounded racist. But in actuality, Cuban was actually very thoughtful in his response. Rather than simply write off the question or provide a cliche answer, he tried to explain that everyone uses stereotypes and prejudices in their everyday lives. It’s something that, unfortunately, everyone deals with. And in order to truly rid the world of things like bigotry—or at the very least, eliminate it for the most part—we need to bring those stereotypes and prejudices to light and stop pretending that they don’t exist. Otherwise, we’re never going to be able to fight them head on.

Unfortunately, some of Cuban’s message—a lot of his message, really—was immediately lost in translation. And he quickly discovered that trying to start a discussion about race on the Internet is not easy. But if there’s one thing that people should take away from Cuban’s remarks, it’s this: The world isn’t going to get anywhere with regards to things like racism, bigotry, and sexism if we don’t get to a point where we’re comfortable enough to talk about them openly. We’re simply going to continue spinning our wheels and pretending like those issues only affect other people. So we need to move beyond the uncomfortableness that they bring and be as open and honest as Cuban was during his interview. Or else, those issues are going to continue to be issues for years to come.

Did you like the point that Cuban tried to make in his interview with Inc.? Or do you think he could have and should have gone about trying to make it in a different way?

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