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Stephen A. Smith's Response

Updated on May 23, 2014

"Stephen A. Smith Ain't Black"

Mark Cuban Said It, Stephen A. Smith Is Attacked

The light Maverick's owner Mark Cuban shed on a shared fear of so-called unsavory individuals should have opened up a conversation among the races about the sense of safety we have as a country. Instead, many messages over social media flooded ESPN anchor Stephan A. Smith's timeline. He has been belittled by his due to voicing his agreement with Cuban, and many have labeled him a traitor. His honesty was rewarded with reprimand.

For some reason the fact that suspicious-looking characters are shunned by everyone is a shock. People are not able to do extensive background checks on every person they pass on the street, so typically the snap judgement is what we use to survive. If you have an uninviting appearance coupled with a unwelcoming demeanor, no one knows why, and no one has time to figure it out.

Hoodies Don't Warrant Murder

Avoidance of a potential threat is acceptable; attacking because of a perceived threat is not.
Avoidance of a potential threat is acceptable; attacking because of a perceived threat is not. | Source

Hoodie Is A Buzzword

I do not believe the assumed characterization of people dressed a certain way was seen through the discussion because the word hoodie was used. This word is inevitably associated with Trayvon Martin, and since it is in the American lexicon due to the controversial case, it is a buzzword in the Black community. As a resident in the South, I see signs posted at the front of stores asking patrons to remove their hoodies before entering, since the hood conceals a persons identity in surveillance footage in the event of a crime. Most people wear hoodies because it's cold or a fashion statement, but this simple rule keeps confusion down. It is not based on race. Just as this rule has nothing to do with race, avoiding a shadowy figure who may be dressed in a way to execute some illegal plot is not based on race. No one has the time to weigh out if they are offending a stranger. It is simply human nature to avoid potential dangers.

Judging A Book By Its Cover

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Thugging

There has been a stigma attached to the hip hop culture based on fashion choices. Many of the fashion choices did indeed evolve from the street culture of gang banging, but a lot of the fashion is strictly that, fashion. Many kids from good homes who are outstanding students dress like their favorite artists. The artists often own clothing labels and the kids often have limited understanding of a lifestyle they hear about in lyrics but do not know about personally. The issue arises when the so-called thugs and the average kids are all wearing the same uniform. As the world continues to evolve, those of us who are in the workforce are more and more separate from the underbelly of society, and we don't know what the signs are. We just know when something doesn't seem right, we dodge it.

Roc-A-Wear: Appearance Is Everything

Rap artist and entrepreneur Jay Z started this clothing line in tandem with his music.  The imagery coupled with the music were a recipe for success.
Rap artist and entrepreneur Jay Z started this clothing line in tandem with his music. The imagery coupled with the music were a recipe for success. | Source

What Makes A Good Person?

Are you any less of a sincere individual if you admit to being uncomfortable around strangers? I have moved my wallet from my purse to my pocket when I knew I would be walking down the street in an area I was unfamiliar with. Does that make me an Uncle Tom? I don't reserve a particular distrust for Black or White people, and though I cannot speak for others, I believe many people would agree with me. I am staunchly opposed to being intolerant of a person because they are different or do things in a way I am not used to. I do not believe an outfit gives just cause to kill a person who has to be chased in the process. I do not, however, believe I should have to drop my guard and pretend to be comfortable in order to prove I am not intolerant or racist. I have a child to live for, and I am not about to succumb to some stranger's agenda.

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      RealestMotherDear 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Right! I'm a mutt. My granny is pale, my mother is dark, we look like tan Skittles.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Interesting and interesting. Try being Black Irish --- no one cares :-(