Yesterday, The Five discussed Mark Cuban's comments about prejudice by continuing the Fox News tradition of whitewashing animosity toward minorities as "honesty" and "candor." I'm willing to bet Katie Pavlich suffers no ill consequences on the network for admitting she crosses the street when she sees "a black kid in a hoodie." Certainly none of the co-hosts seemed to mind.
In case you missed it, Mavericks owner Cuban said, "We're all prejudiced in one way or the other. 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."
Of course, Cuban's remarks are reminiscent of the Trayvon Martin shooting. During The Five's discussion, it was announced that Cuban had apologized to the Martin family for choosing the "hoodie" example. Perhaps not surprisingly, nobody on The Five set seemed to think of that.
Bob Beckel, the purported liberal said, "I think it's a pretty honest statement on his part. Later, he said, "I think it's very much about safety."
Surprisingly, it was Eric Bolling who was the most sensitive. He said, "I love Cuban, he's a great guy. "I don't think that represents everybody. No, I don't. ...I will tell you unequivocally, a black kid in a hoodie doesn't make me cross the street."
Beckel, however, deliberately pushed the "It's normal to be afraid of black people and it's time we admitted it" meme. He said, "How about if it was six of 'em in black hoodies and you were up in Harlem on a Saturday night?"
"Maybe. I don't know," Bolling answered. He said he would probably move away if there were six "anyone."
Fox's Katie Pavlich picked up the meme and ran with it. She said, "I thoroughly reject this idea that we all have our prejudices and we're all bigoted in some way. I completely reject that. ... But I'm gonna use the example that he gave. If I see a black kid in a hoodie walking down the street, late at night, and I'm walking down the street? I cross the street because I feel unsafe. Same thing with the tattoos on the guy with the face and the bald head. ...I'm not being a bigot or being prejudiced it's about simply putting my safety first."
But here's the thing: There's nothing particularly menacing about a hoodie. Everybody wears them, black, white, gangmembers and, probably, choirboys. Yet nobody, except Bolling, seemed to notice. Even worse, Geraldo Rivera took Cuban's comments as validation for his own attacks on African Americans who wear hoodies.
“Pavlich is a dingbat.”
Hey Antoinette: by any chance, are you insinuating that Katie Pavlich is just like “Edith Bunker” (played by the late Jean Stapleton) from that classic 1970s sitcom “All In The Family”? Just in case you don’t know (or have forgotten), “dingbat” was the nickname “Archie Bunker” (played by the late Carroll O’Connor) sometimes called her.
Good thing you do, Katie — you never know; that kid could be armed with (gasp!) Skittles and (horrors!) iced tea . . .