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. If I see a white guy with a shaved head and tattoos (on the side he now is on), I’ll move back to the other side of the street. None of us have pure thoughts; we all live in glass houses.
(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. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.) [emphasis added]
Cuban felt forced to give a special apology to the family of (black) Trayvon Martin, who sometimes wore a hoodie, as if the Martin family owns the copyright on that particular article of clothing.
I have absolutely, positively no problem whatsoever with what Mark Cuban had to say … There was nothing remotely offensive with what this man had to say. Now, I understand that me being a black man, an African American, that people are going to be rubbed the wrong way by those statements. They will need to get over it. [emphasis added]
Apparently Smith’s prediction was correct, because he was railed against for defending Cuban and also for sharing his own analysis of how a person’s choices about personal “presentation” (i.e., tattoos or hoodies) sometimes can negatively affect how others react.
Here’s what I find particularly hopeful: After being pressured publicly as well as privately, Smith doubled down instead of caving in.
This is what it will take. All of us need to stand up together against political correctness, accusations of racism where none exists, and the plague of bogus “offense” taken when somebody merely speaks the truth about “reality” or dares to speak common sense. As Smith said,
[Not] every single issue is race related. Sometimes it is about how you represent yourself.