For anyone who lives in an urban area, thoughts like Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban voiced are, I think, unavoidable at times. He’s known for being blunt and outspoken. Me, I’d be more leery of the (potential) white thug than a black kid in a hoodie, since hoodies are so common. My age and skin color does protect me. Older white males get attacked less simply because there are generally more consequences for doing so, if caught. What do you think about Cuban’s comments?
“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.”
However, Cuban may be wrong about one thing. Going to the other side of the street could be deemed as weakness or as an insult. I used to live in Venice CA, and once went jogging through the Oakwood area, which was not particularly safe then. I rounded a corner and saw three big, rough-looking black guys standing on the sidewalk on front of me. I didn’t go to the other side, and just ran past them. Later, I heard about another white jogger in Oakwood who, faced with the same situation, went to the other side of the street. The black guys felt offended and beat the crap out of him.