Trayvon Martin Family Given An Apology By Mark Cuban

Posted: May 24 2014, 3:15am CDT | by , Updated: May 24 2014, 4:34am CDT, in News | Latest Celebrity News

Trayvon Martin Family Given an Apology by Mark Cuban
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Mark Cuban said some offensive and offhand words regarding a black kid in a hoodie recently. He has since made an apology to the family of Trayvon Martin.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently made a few remarks which reeked of racism. He was criticized for the off-the-cuff comments about a black kid in a hoodie.

Cuban had said that no matter who we were, we were all guilty of a little racism. He went on to say that if he saw a black kid in a hoodie, and it was late at night, he would walk on the other side of the road.

Mark Cuban spoke at a business conference, hosted by Inc. magazine, in Nashville this week about racism and bigotry in society in the aftermath of the Donald Sterling controversy.

Cuban said, “We’re all prejudiced in one way or another. 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. 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.”

“I know that I’m not perfect,” he adds. “While we all have our prejudices and bigotries, we have to learn that it’s an issue that we have to control, that it’s part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it, not just to kick the problem down the road.”

Of course, the “black kid in a hoodie” remark had obvious parallels with Trayvon Martin. Cuban thus apologized to Trayvon’s family on his Twitter account. It was a very mean and meaningless comment to have passed and indeed the family of the Black American must have been very hurt.

Mark Cuban said that he didn’t have Trayvon Martin’s case in mind when he passed those comments. He sought the pardon of Trayvon’s family and said he never meant to pass judgment on them.

But he also spoke of how he still stood firmly by the basic gist of what he had said. He said that we all ought to try to improve our lives and help one another understand our erroneous zones better.

"In hindsight I should have used different examples. I didn't consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that. Beyond apologizing to the Martin family, I stand by the words and the substance of the interview," Cuban wrote.

"I think that helping people improve their lives, helping people engage with people they may fear or not understand, and helping people realize that while we all may have our prejudices and bigotries, we have to learn that it's an issue that we have to control. that it's part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it.?"

After all it was an imperfect world and though there should not be any discrimination there also ought not to be any reverse discrimination. Cuban said that it was his job as a hero of economic life to seek solutions to such issues.

While the United States had been through a lot, and finally attained a status of tolerant haven, it still had a long way to go. Stereotypes still existed and there were a lot of things which needed to be settled before justice and peace would reign over America. But that didn’t mean they weren’t slowly working towards the goal.

Source: NYDailyNews

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