Cowboys Jerry Jones addresses photo being part of group of white students blocking black students
‘I had no idea what we were doing’: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones addresses a controversial photo of him among a group of white teenagers barring African-American students from entering his Arkansas high school in 1957
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has addressed a controversial photo of him recently uncovered by the Washington Post.
In the photo, Jones can be seen standing in a group of white students trying to stop six African-American students from entering and integrating the school.
After the Thanksgiving game against the Giants, Jones commented on the image saying, ‘That was 65 years ago. When I arrived I had no idea what we were doing. It’s just a reminder to me how to improve and do things the right way.’
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones further addressed the controversial image discovered of him in a group of white students blocking a group of African-American students from entering and integrating Arkansas’ North Little Rock High School.
Defiant white students at Arkansas’ North Little Rock High School block the school gates, denying access to six African-American students enrolled in the school on September 9, 1957. Moments later, the African-American students were pushed down a flight of stairs and to the sidewalk, where city police broke up the altercation. IN A CIRCLE: Jerry Jones, 14
Jones had previously admitted it was him in the 1957 picture, saying: “I don’t know if I or anyone anticipated or had a history of knowing… what was involved,” he said. It was rather a curious thing.
In the image, Jones is clearly watching a group of older students from behind, and it is unknown if he played a larger role in the incident.
What is known, however, is that not all of the students in the crowd were there for the sole purpose of curiosity.
As one black student, Richard Lindsey, explained, a white student put his hand on the back of his neck as he announced to the crowd, “I want to see what a ***** feels like.”
New enrollees decided not to attend school.
This view, taken from the gates of North Little Rock High School, shows students rushing to stop six African-American boys from trying to attend the first day of school, on September 9, 1957. The boys had enrolled in the school before. At the gate, the white students blocked the entrance and managed to push the black students back.
Jones hasn’t spoken much about race since he bought the Cowboys in 1989, unlike a fair number of his fellow owners over the years.
He has also expressed questionable views on race-related league issues in the past.
Jones voiced his objections to the NFL’s Rooney rule, which requires teams to interview at least one outside minority candidate for top jobs, and has never hired a black head coach or chief executive.
Jones opposed protests during the 2017 NFL season, when many African-American players took a knee to raise awareness about racist police practices. He finally took a knee with his entire team in September 2017 (pictured) in a choreographed demonstration that took place while the national anthem was not playing.
The Cowboys owner also opposed protests during the 2017 NFL season, when many African-American players took a knee to raise awareness about racist police practices.
He finally took a knee with his entire team in September 2017 in a choreographed demonstration that took place while the national anthem was not playing.
“Our players wanted to make a statement about unity and we wanted to make a statement about equality,” Jones said at a post-game news conference.
‘They were well aware that the statement, when made or attempted as part of the recognition of our flag, can not only generate criticism but also controversy.
‘It was very easy for everyone in our organization to see that the message of unity, the message of equality was being, as it were, pushed aside or diminished by controversy.’