Mark Cuban’s Remarks on Race Made for Good TV

The wealthy entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner inspired some pretty hefty debates on prime time.

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Mark Cuban Remarks Prove Fodder for TV Food Fights

Two CNN panelists really went at each other on Friday night over Mark Cuban‘s comments about prejudice,” Josh Feldman wrote for Mediaite, referring to the tech millionaire and owner of the Dallas Mavericks.

“Author Tim Wise duked it out with conservative commentator Crystal Wright over exactly what the crime rate is in the black community, with both of them yelling at each other for citing misleading statistics and scolding each other for lecturing. Wright said Cuban’s comments — that everyone’s a little bit prejudiced and we have to come to terms with that — are spot-on. And the use of ‘hoodie’ didn’t bother her as racial because, she argued, the hoodie is viewed as a ‘costume of menace’ and while people have the right to dress how they want, ‘I have a right to protect myself.’. . . ”

Matt Wilstein of Mediaite wrote that on Thursday on “CNN’s OutFront,” “Don Lemon and Marc Lamont Hill had very different reactions to Cuban saying he would cross the street to avoid a ‘black kid in a hoodie’ (as well as ‘a white guy with a shaved head and tattoos’) . . . .”

J.A. Adande, What Cuban is really talking about

Charles M. Blow, New York Times: Rebutting Mark Cuban on Bigotry 

Ian Crouch, the New Yorker: Mark Cuban and the “Price” of Progress

Michaela Angela Davis, CNN: Bias vs Bigot: Cuban is no Sterling

Joshua DuBois, Daily Beast: Thank You, Mark Cuban, for Speaking Up

Michael Eric DysonStephen A. SmithSkip Bayless and Cari Champion, ESPN: Discuss Mark Cuban comments on society’s challenges with racism. (video)