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Mark Cuban, Post-Sterling, on Combating Racism: 'We All Have Our Bigotry'

For Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, recognizing internal prejudices is the first step to overcoming them.

Mark Cuban found himself on the sidelines of controversy last month, when the NBA banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life over racist comments. Now in a video interview with Inc., Cuban weighs in on what he does to combat the bigotry and racism he comes across as a manager and an owner.

That’s an internal battle as well, he acknowledges: "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," he says.

“I know that I’m not perfect,” he adds. “While we all have our prejudices and bigotries, we have to learn that it’s an issue that we have to control, that it’s part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it, not just to kick the problem down the road.”

Last month, the often-outspoken Cuban condemned Sterling's comments as "abhorrent" and "obviously racist." He initially opposed calls to ban Sterling from the NBA, saying it would be a "very slippery slope" if the league forced an owner to sell the team.

For a clip from my interview with Cuban at Inc.'s GrowCo Conference in Nashville, watch below.

Mark Cuban's Shockingly Honest Take on Racism Today

The veteran entrepreneur opens up about his own views on racism and what he calls the "price of progress".

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Last updated: May 21, 2014

MARIA ASPAN | Staff Writer | Senior Editor

Maria Aspan is a senior editor at Inc. magazine.


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