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This Mark Cuban Story is Too Good Not to Share – HotAir

Credit to Twitchy which got to all of this about an hour ago (as I write this). The basic story is as follows. Billionaire Mark Cuban has spent weeks arguing online arguing on behalf of DEI with anyone who will listen. Why he’s decided to do this, I don’t know but he has clearly decided he wants this fight. So, earlier this month, he was fighting with Elon Musk.

It continued:

You may not agree, but I take it as a given that there are people of various races, ethnicities, orientation, etc that are regularly excluded from hiring consideration. By extending our hiring search to include them, we can find people that are more qualified. The loss of DEI-Phobic companies is my gain.

1a. We live in a country with very diverse demographics. In this era where trust of businesses can be hard to come by, people tend to connect more easily to people who are like them. Having a workforce that is diverse and representative of your stakeholders is good for business.

Anyway, jump forward a few weeks and yesterday Cuban highlighted a story published by NBC News about conservative complaints about airline DEI efforts. This brought a response from an account called The Rabbit Hole.

It continued:

Given the weak nature of your defenses of DEI, I suspect there is no real rebuttal to the criticisms myself and others have raised. The only hope is to keep moving the goalposts and pretending the evidence doesn’t exist.

The alternative would be doing the brave thing of acknowledging you were wrong – although this would do a lot of good, it does not seem you’ve arrived at this destination yet.

The Rabbit Hole continued to argue for hiring based on merit not on race, regardless of the race involved. That led TRH to offer this statement of principles:

It continued:

I’ve answered plenty of your questions so can you do one for me:

Title VIl of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. Have you have hired people on the basis of demographics on the belief that doing so better positioned your companies to succeed?

Thank you 🙏

Cuban responded:

You can click on his tweet if you want to read his challenge back to The Rabbit Hole. But far more interesting is what happened next. This morning, Andrea Lucas, commissioner of the EEOC, entered the chat, so to speak.

Wowza! I don’t think Mark saw that coming. In fact, his admission that race and gender are part of the equation when he hires someone seems pretty clearly like an admission to violating the law.

Not a great look. People could potentially sue him based on his statement if they thought they might have been adversely impacted for hiring. Cuban went quiet for a while but a few hours later he was asked about the EEOC Commissioner’s comments and he offered this response.

You may notice that’s not at all what he said a day earlier. You can scroll up and see his tweet for yourself but here’s what he said:

I’ve never hired anyone based exclusively on race, gender, religion.

I only ever hire the person that will put my business in the best position to succeed.

And yes, race and gender can be part of the equation. I view diversity as a competitive advantage.

That’s his actual position as opposed to the one he came up with hours after what I assume was an eye-opening chat with his attorneys.

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