It is odd to see a black man say he is pissed off about something racist a white man did in his teens.
Why would that make you mad? I understand trying to tell both sides of the story, but why would showing someone’s history upset you? Stephen A. Smith was furious that this old photo of Jerry Jones at a protest not allowing black kids into a school had surfaced.
On the first day of classes at North Little Rock High, a crew-cut sophomore named Jerral Wayne Jones found his spot among a phalanx of White boys who stood at the front entrance and blocked the path of six Black students attempting to desegregate the school.
In a photograph taken at the scene, Jones could be seen standing a few yards from where the six Black students were being jostled and repelled with snarling racial slurs by ringleaders of the mob. At one point, a Black student named Richard Lindsey recalled, someone in the crowd put a hand on the back of his neck. A voice behind him said, “I want to see how a nigger feels.” The ruffian hostility succeeded in turning away the would-be new enrollees.
The confrontation occurred 65 years ago, on Sept. 9, 1957, during the same month that a higher-profile integration effort was taking place at Little Rock Central High in the capital city a few miles away.
Jones said he was there only to watch, not participate. “I don’t know that I or anybody anticipated or had a background of knowing … what was involved. It was more a curious thing,” he said.
Are there a lot of older white men in our country that have probably done things they aren’t proud of in their teens? I imagine many people, especially those born in the South, like Jones. Do they feel the same about black people now as they did back in their youth? You have to ask them.
One thing Smith said is 100% wrong and something you hear many people tell that cover up prejudical actions. Smith said a lot of black players support Jones and Jones employs a lot of black people. That is the “I have a black friend defense.” I hope Jones doesn’t feel the same way he did in 1957 as he does now, but we have to consider his actions on a higher level. He threatened players who kneeled again racism and police brutality. He is a Trump supporter. He has never hired a black head coach and has rarely had black people in positions of power with the Cowboys.
So, even if he isn’t carrying tiki torches around, his actions are still in place to keep the status quo as it is, and that frankly is no different than what was happening in 1957.
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