If Mark Cuban was trying to defend Donald Sterling yesterday, he failed.
Suggesting that we shouldn’t throw stones at the LA Clippers owner for his racist comments, Cuban said, “I know I’m prejudiced. I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways. 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.” Sorry, Mark Cuban, but you are not — at least to judge by that sentiment — a bigot.
In fact, you’re in good company. Jesse Jackson once famously acknowledged, “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery and then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.” Former Spelman College President Johnnetta Cole has written that in her many conversations with black women, “One of the most painful admissions I hear is: I am afraid of my own people.”
No, Mark Cuban. You’re a rational person making a set of reasonable calculations about your safety based on available information.
The tragic fact is that blacks commit a disproportionate amount of violent crime. They are about 13 percent of the population, but between 1976 and 2005, blacks committed more than half of all murders in America.