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Gazette Premium Content Mark Cuban: I'll cross the street if I see 'a black kid in a hoodie' or 'white guy with a shaved head and tattoos'

The Big Lead Updated: May 22, 2014 at 11:58 am

Mark Cuban spoke at the GrowCo conference in Nashville this week, and The Tennessean’s Shelley Dubois transcribed some snippets that are sure to be recycled in the news cycle.

It would be pretty useful to see the full context behind these quotes. Beyond that, the instinctual voice inside one’s head can be quite impure before getting defeated by the more reasonable portions of the brain. That being said, it goes without saying at this point that the bigoted voice inside Donald Sterling’s head manifested itself in the Clippers owner’s sustained behavior.

While it’s not as though Cuban displayed lopsided racial prejudice — he explicitly mentioned being scared of a certain brand of white appearance — the “black kid in a hoodie” quote elicits imagery of Trayvon Martin, and the connotations of that could be a sticking point in the way that these quotes spread.

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