with gratitude LeBron James at least it’s not about the pictures that you’re trying to go there.
Perhaps more accurately, it’s not just about photography. Fixing it is a deflection tactic for some who sincerely want to paint everything a white person does before the age of 30 as just childlike innocence (if only). Tamir rice or Emmett Till or George Stinney, were all children and had the same consent). It shows the ignorance of others who haven’t taken the time to read it thoroughly. Good story from the Washington Post About how the past is almost always connected to the present.
Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones claimed that on the morning of September 9, 1957, he was just a curious kid, curious enough to see the six black students who had been forced into North Little Rock High School by a gang of white teenagers. He ran to the top of the stairs to get the best view. Whether we want to believe him or not is not for us to talk about.
That one photo of Jones scrambling to get the best view doesn’t come close to telling the whole story of what happened that morning.
“As we walked [toward the school], the gathering became more intense. They told us over and over and over again, “You shouldn’t be here.” Go home. “Go back to your school,” Richard Lindsey, one of the black students, said of that day. As they walked down the sidewalk toward the school and turned to go up the stairs, “Someone put your finger right on the back of my neck and they said, ‘I just want to see how a person feels.'”
Black students did not integrate North Little Rock that day with little help from school officials. The school was not desegregated for another seven years.
Jerry Jones is the most influential person in one of the most influential corporations in the country today.
Jerry Jones today does not condone the behavior of white mobs in 1957, nor does he apologize for his participation, either by word or deed, and most importantly, he is a much different person today than he was before. a”little headIn the Post, he said he defied his football coach to watch a group of white kids make fun of a group of kids who were about to enter his school.
I’m guessing Washington Post reporters Sally Jenkins and David Maranis told Jones ahead of time what they were going to ask. And when two reporters from America’s most widely read news outlet found out he was being recorded, they apologized to the victims and the public and couldn’t express their remorse. If he really was a curious child, wouldn’t the adult be ashamed of being there, knowing that white students and white people were there not to welcome integration, but to fight it?
I don’t know what Jones said that day 65 years ago, was he hurling words and spitting at the black students, or was it an unknown person who put his finger on Lindsey’s neck, or was he just making a really stupid decision? ignore your coach’s orders.
All I know is that when Colin Kaepernick started protesting the police killing of black people, Jones threatened to punish his players if they protested.
What I do know is that it will take until 2020 before Jones mutters something about “grace” and “vulnerability” to the concerns of black players after George Floyd’s murder. may protest during the pre-game ceremony.
What I do know is that Jones never had a black coach in his decades of ownership of the Cowboys.
What I do know is that when Jones says he hires head coaches because he knows them personally, Rooney’s interviews with non-white candidates since the rule (requiring NFL teams to interview minority coaching candidates) have barely been seen. 20 years ago is completely useless.
What I do know is that Jones stood in front of a room of black head coaches and general managers earlier this year, dumbfounded, and told a story about how he once pulled several strings to land a potential business partner. He went to Augusta National to play golf with his old football coach over the weekend, and if the coaches and scouts do something similar, they will be successful. Augusta didn’t even admit its first black member until 1990, and remains one of America’s whitest and most exclusive spaces.
What I do know is that Jones admitted in his interview with the Post that the NFL has a problem against hiring blacks and does nothing to actively help solve the problem.
Jones says he wants to be “on the front lines” of diversity, but where has he been? According to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the league’s racism has been a topic and headline at meetings for years. Again, Rooney’s rule is functionally useless and nearly twenty years old as it has become a box-checking exercise with no punishment for flagrant insults to its spirit. Jones has had four head coaches during that span, and except for Dennis Green, who once considered hiring him, he only hired white coaches he liked because he played with him decades ago or because his father worked for him.
If he wanted to lead the charge for equity among NFL executives and coaching staffs, he could have done so. If he really wants NFL coaches to be more involved in the lineup, Jones has made it happen. He knows the power in the league’s ownership category, as he often uses it like a gift for charming rhetoric.
He doesn’t talk about the subject.
My mom says that when I was little, I hated raisins so much that I didn’t eat watermelon because I thought watermelon seeds were that dried fruit part. Even at the age of 45, I still don’t like to eat raisins. It’s just ingrained in me.
If you think a 65-year-old photo is the point, you’re completely missing it.