Mark Cuban Lectures All White People As America Burns; 'We Need To Change'
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There must be an unwritten rule somewhere that says once you earn a certain amount of money you have the right to make generalized pronouncements about American society while lecturing everyone about what we must do in order to atone for some past injustice.
The latest billionaire lecturer of the national conscience is Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who is claiming that, following the unfortunate death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, ‘the country must change.’
Or, at least, white Americans do.
In a social media post where he retweeted a letter from Emerson College president M. Lee Pelton, Cuban wrote, “Dear White People: We are the ones that need to change. This is not one man's story. This is almost every black man's story. Which is why the problem is ours. We need to find OUR way to change what we do. There is no quick fix. It's a moral imperative.”
When asked specifically what he needs to change, Cuban said, “I used to think treating people equally meant treating them the same. Like it was a math equation. I was wrong. I’m learning that treating people equally means treating them with equal amounts of respect, for who they are and what they have experienced.”
Cuban is among the owners, players and coaches in the professional sports realm who have spoken out about racial injustice since Floyd’s death.
Floyd’s police-involved death last week kicked off widespread protests and unrest across the nation. Video showed Floyd was in custody when Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on the man’s neck. Floyd screamed for help and later died. Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, authorities said Friday.
One can only guess what it is that Cuban is really trying to say, but since he doesn’t speak for me, I won’t try to speak for him.
The fact is, though, as one Twitter user suggested, Cuban is in no position to make presumptions and judgments about every white person in America who, when you think about it, are becoming more and more persecuted after every unfortunate incident involving a white-on-black tragedy.
The assumption that every white person has to atone for what Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin did to George Floyd is absurd, insulting, and demeaning. Because the fact is, according to hard data and facts, what happened to Floyd, while heartbreaking, is exceedingly rare.
Former NYPD Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik wrote in January 2019:
Out of the 30-50 million interactions that the police had with the American public last year, 10 million people were arrested, and less than 0.01 percent were shot and killed by the police. Out of those 10 million people arrested, 47 of those shot and killed were unarmed, which equates to 0.00047 percent, 17 of which were black.
Remarkably, for the race baiting, cop hating, left-wing propagandists that promote the social theory that all police officers are relentlessly targeting and gunning down unarmed people of color, these statistics prove those claims could not be farther from the truth. The reality is that out of the 10,000,000 arrests made last year in the U.S., 17 black people shot and killed by the police were unarmed, which equates to 0.00017 percent.
Mark Cuban is certainly entitled to his opinion, but he’s not entitled to his own facts. And the only behavior he’s responsible for is his own.