Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently caused a bit of an online commotion with his comments on bigotry; pretty much that we all are to some degree.
He illustrated his point by saying that if he saw a black kid in a hoodie or a bald white guy covered in tattoos that he would cross the street. Cuban has since apologized for the parallel that many people drew to the Trayvon Martin case, but has stuck to what he said.
Sure enough—he is not alone.
Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Osi Ummenyiora tweeted his take on what Cuban had to say:
Guess what Mark Cuban? If i see a black man wearing a hoodie in the middle of the night, I'm crossing the street also!— Osi Umenyiora (@OsiUmenyiora) May 22, 2014
Both Cuban and Umenyiora touched on an important aspect of the issue. Admitting that they hold the prejudice is honest and important, but what is also important is that they recognize them and try to deal with them in an appropriate manner.
We all have prejudices. That's just being honest. It's how we address them that seperates us.— Osi Umenyiora (@OsiUmenyiora) May 22, 2014