Mark Cuban Apologizes To Trayvon Martin Family For "Black Kid In A Hoodie" Comments


(AllHipHop News) Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban created a stir this week with comments he made during an interview with Inc. In the aftermath of the Donald Sterling controversy, Cuban addressed the issue of race and bigotry in the video Q&A. He suggested everyone prejudges others, including himself.

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“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,” said Cuban. “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.”

While some praised the Shark Tank star for openly admitting his own prejudices, the statement also drew criticism for what was seen as an unbalanced equivalency of being fearful of an African American child wearing an article of clothing as compared to a white man with face tattoos.

The comments also upset others, because it seemed to reference the sensitive subject of the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin. Cuban took to Twitter to apologize to Martin’s family, but stood by the rest of his statements.

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