Recently Mark Cuban, the owner of the NBA Dallas Mavericks, made an honest observation about race. He said, “If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street, there’s a guy that has tattoos all over his face — white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere — I’m walking back to the other side of the street.”
Well some of the “unthinking” folks on social media, as well as those in the press immediately went into an uproar as they salivated over hearing from the newest “Donald Sterling” on the block. But as I read the entire story, I had to remind people of someone else who made a similar remark — years back.
“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.” —Jesse Jackson.
Hmmm! How can this country move ahead in terms of race if it is the subject that no one wants to discuss? President Obama made a speech on race in 2008 but it hasn’t been a real national agenda item although it remains the unspoken “elephant in the room.”
Mark Cuban’s experience is showing why many don’t want to bring up any controversial issues for discussion. I am at a point where I find too many people who are quick to enforce their “thought police” tactics on everyone else. They want to silence any opposing or dissenting view. If you don’t support gay marriage, you’re a homophobe. If you don’t support illegal immigration, you’re anti-Hispanic even if you never mention the country of origins. If you’re black and recall how you once hated white people like Michael Jordan recently did, it becomes a story for a moment and then is forgotten. But if you’re white and say what Mark Cuban did, then you have to be racist and it will linger forever. If you have Dr. Ben Carson on as a guest on The View and he espouses opinions that don’t agree with the liberal host, then they do what Whoopi Goldberg did and cut him off with a diatribe about people not wanting to be on food stamps and refer to her use of them probably 40 years ago with no clue that in 2014, there is no shame in using a LINK Card. Even able-bodied men go and collect their benefits.
Now we have the latest and greatest new soapbox being touted. What is it? The nursing mother. There was a story a couple of days ago where the woman took her 10-day-old infant to the no-children-admitted-under-the-age-of-16 Restaurant Show. She had the infant hidden in some sort of sling, and when the infant was finally seen and she was asked to leave, she immediately proclaimed it was because she was a “nursing mom” that she was kicked out of the show. Breaking the rules was laid to the side so she could be portrayed as a victim.
We are now getting story after story of mothers who want to ignore rules and then claim it was their “nursing” status that was the issue. Well, I nursed two children in the 1980s and never encountered a problem, simply because I didn’t make it one.
The restaurant show situation reminded me of one that occurred over 40 years ago when a woman complained that she and her husband weren’t allowed into the drive-in movie because their infant was in the car and the X-rated movie was for ages 18 and up.
Right now we are in the teenage years of Internet news where stories that would have never been given an inch of precious newspaper space, or were buried in the back of the paper, now makes online news headlines simply because the space is limitless.