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Jerry Jones defends a recently unearthed photo capturing him during a civil rights clash at school in Little Rock

A newly discovered photo shows 14-year-old Jerry Jones among a group of white teenagers blocking six African-American students from entering a school in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.

Mr. Jones, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Cowboys, admitted in an interview with the washington post he was in the photo, which was taken amid protests against efforts to integrate black students into local high schools during the civil rights movement.

Mr. Jones said the post office that his football coach had warned the players to avoid the arrival of the six African-American students for their first day at North Little Rock High.

He disobeyed but said it was out of curiosity rather than racist intent, adding that he looked “a bit like a burrhead” standing towards the back of the gathered crowd.

“I don’t know if I or anyone anticipated or had the experience to know … what was involved,” he said. the post office.

Richard Lindsey, one of the black students trying to get into the school, would later recount how a white student put his hand on the back of his shoulder and said, “I want to see how a ***** feels. ”

The students, known as Little Rock 6, ultimately decided against enrolling in the school.

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Events at North Little Rock High School occurred weeks before a separate event that became a flashpoint for the civil rights movement.

On September 9, 1957, nine African American students attempting to enter Little Rock Central High School were pushed and shoved by white students as they attempted to enter the school.

Racist protests became so heated that then-President Dwight Eisenhower sent in federal troops to try to impose desegregation.

The post office The article goes on to point out that Mr. Jones, as one of the NFL’s most powerful leaders, has done little to advance racial equity issues in the league.

He opposed protests in the 2017 season when many players knelt during the playing of the national anthem, a move encouraged by Colin Kaepernick to push back against the killing of African Americans by police.

He also rejected the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which requires teams to consider at least one minority candidate when hiring a head coach.

Mr. Jones has never hired a black head coach or executive in his 33 years of ownership of the Dallas Cowboys.


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