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That was 65 years ago.
I look at the person he is today and don’t have an issue with him in that photograph.
Well let's see. Who is Jerry Jones today?

His record in key appointments has been deficient. In his 33 years as owner, Jones has had eight head coaches, all White. During that time, just two of the team’s offensive or defensive coordinators, the steppingstones to head coaching positions, have been Black, including none since 2008. Maurice Carthon, who was offensive coordinator under Bill Parcells in 2003 and 2004, said he had a good relationship with Jones — both grew up in Arkansas — but he never sensed he had a realistic shot at the top job with him. Or with any other owner. “I can’t say that I was close at any time,” Carthon said. “I think all of them are failing.” Carthon retired in 2012 after coaching stints with seven teams.

Jones’s responses to questions about that seminal event 6½ decades ago fit a pattern that revealed itself again in his dealings with the issue of Black coaches. He is an enthralling storyteller but also a master of deflection, so absorbed in his own success story that he tends to filibuster and evade when questions get too close to a racial reckoning.

Though the room is now moderately lit, it’s apparent that there is something Jones either can’t or won’t perceive: Black coaches in the NFL are straining to succeed, but they aren’t getting a return on their efforts. A Washington Post investigation found that the Black men who became NFL head coaches in the past decade, on average, spent more than nine years longer than their White counterparts in mid-level assistant jobs. And when they do get the job, they are likely to be fired more quickly. Jones’s own hiring record is proof of this.

The question, as Jones sees it, is how to escort Black coaches into the circle of cronyism so they don’t have to be interviewed. Jones insists the most avid candidates will find a way in.

The story landed hard. Jones seemed clueless that invoking a backdoor oil deal at a rich man’s private club in the Deep South, notorious for not admitting its first Black member until 1990, was less than useful advice to the men sitting in front of him.

“It was not good,” recalled someone who was in the audience. “It was very much a ‘be grateful you’re in the NFL and have this opportunity’ tone. … I don’t know any White guys who let me bring my friends to the Masters on a random whim. I don’t have that type of access.”

Asked how he imagined that story sounded to a mid-level Black coach whose network does not include White members of Augusta National — and who has met an implacable resistance that NFL owners will not name — Jones falls quiet.

In many ways, Jones is the NFL owners’ representative man. He is 80. Twelve owners were born in the 1940s or earlier. Collectively, the owners’ average age is 70. Generationally, most grew up in the era of segregation. Socially, most of them continue to move in circles that are just as racially segregated today.

But at this moment, Jones is trying to think. After nearly 20 seconds, he says gently: “We are not born equal. Anybody that says we’re equal, well, you’re wrong. … Some of us can talk it better than others. Some of us were better quarterbacks in college. … You got to figure your angle out. Lay awake, figuring it out. If you want it as bad — remember, you’re trying to get something that’s almost impossible to get, one of these jobs — you somehow got to figure the angle out. And that’ll separate the ones that can.”
 
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Will the billionaire be treated the way Kyrie Irving has been?

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When I first read your post I reacted negatively to your comparison to Kyrie as it seemed to be suggesting that Kyrie is being unjustly persecuted for his anti-Semitism. I have heard many people in the black community assert this; I understand where their concern comes from in this regard but I think it is misguided in this instance.

Anyhow, as far as Jerry Jones goes, I agree that he is one of the more problematic owners in the league when it comes to addressing issues around race. I wasn’t aware of this photo from 1957 but I’m not surprised- Jones threatened to cut any player on the Cowboys who took a knee in support of the George Floyd protests so clearly not much has changed in “Jerry-World.”
 

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When I first read your post I reacted negatively to your comparison to Kyrie as it seemed to be suggesting that Kyrie is being unjustly persecuted for his anti-Semitism. I have heard many people in the black community assert this; I understand where their concern comes from in this regard but I think it is misguided in this instance.

Anyhow, as far as Jerry Jones goes, I agree that he is one of the more problematic owners in the league when it comes to addressing issues around race. I wasn’t aware of this photo from 1957 but I’m not surprised- Jones threatened to cut any player on the Cowboys who took a knee in support of the George Floyd protests so clearly not much has changed in “Jerry-World.”
I think Jerry felt kneeling was an insult to the national anthem and the flag not a hate for blacks.
 
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I think Jerry felt kneeling was an insult to the national anthem and the flag not a hate for blacks.
I think the Kansas City Chiefs fans proved that this was never about patriotism or the flag or anything other than exactly what it looks like it is when they BOOed a “Moment of Unity” where players and owners took a knee together in solidarity:



Jerry did eventually stand on the field with his players and took a knee with them after extensive “negotiations” between the league and the Players’ Association. In the end, it was ok for them to take a knee as long as it was on Jerry’s terms.
 
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I think the Kansas City Chiefs fans proved that this was never about patriotism or the flag or anything other than exactly what it looks like it is when they BOOed a “Moment of Unity” where players and owners took a knee together in solidarity:



Jerry did eventually stand on the field with his players and took a knee with them after extensive “negotiations” between the league and the Players’ Association. In the end, it was ok for them to take a knee as long as it was on Jerry’s terms.
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So. the entire stadium are racists? Alot of fans don't like to see politics brought into sports.
If Jerry really had an issue with blacks, why the hell would he buy an NFL team? He should have bought a hockey team.
 

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I don’t know why it does that…but it f you click the link on the screen that says “Watch on YouTube” it will take you to the YouTube site.

Otherwise, I don’t think it’s a binary choice in the way you’re framing it: ie. everyone in the stadium is either racist or not racist…although I would point out that Missouri is the home of the McCloskys…



…but I digress.

Anyhow, as far as Jerry goes, if this photo from 1957 was out of character from everything else we knew about him then that might be different. If Jerry Jones had an otherwise exemplary history of supporting civil rights then I’d be inclined to give him a pass and take his word for why he was there…but that’s not the case.


Also…I think your comment about owning a hockey team is racist but otherwise unworthy of comment.
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If Jones is still engaged in racism then he should be condemned.

A better comparison would be racist NBA owners as that is a direct comparison to Kyrie. So far we have seen two NBA owners forced out over their anti-black racism which to me makes Kyrie's punishment reasonable (or even on the light side).
 
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I don’t know why it does that…but it f you click the link on the screen that says “Watch on YouTube” it will take you to the YouTube site.

Otherwise, I don’t think it’s a binary choice in the way you’re framing it: ie. everyone in the stadium is either racist or not racist…although I would point out that Missouri is the home of the McCloskys…



…but I digress.

Anyhow, as far as Jerry goes, if this photo from 1957 was out of character from everything else we knew about him then that might be different. If Jerry Jones had an otherwise exemplary history of supporting civil rights then I’d be inclined to give him a pass and take his word for why he was there…but that’s not the case.


Also…I think your comment about owning a hockey team is racist but otherwise unworthy of comment.
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What do the McClosky's have to do with Jerry or the Chiefs?
The hockey team reference wasn't racists at all, just over your head.
 

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What do the McClosky's have to do with Jerry or the Chiefs?
The hockey team reference wasn't racists at all, just over your head.
I guess we’re just going to have to agree to disagree…and may God have mercy on your soul.

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Lets just all thank god for Progressives.
 
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I think Jerry felt kneeling was an insult to the national anthem and the flag not a hate for blacks.
I watch a game just for the actual game.

Makes me ponder why have anthems at all?

Just treat people the way you want to be treated. Regardless of the pigment of their skin or religion or how they present themselves.

There no need for this ''social justice'' ideology veiled to divide people.

Of course the politicians would be scurrying to find the next issue they could leverage for votes. Always been that way and always will be that way.

As for Jones. He's been around a long time. He like all of us has made mistakes. Let the one who hasn't made a bad call somewhere down the road stand in judgement.
 
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If Jones is still engaged in racism then he should be condemned.

A better comparison would be racist NBA owners as that is a direct comparison to Kyrie. So far we have seen two NBA owners forced out over their anti-black racism which to me makes Kyrie's punishment reasonable (or even on the light side).
Too bad the NFL Commish doesnt have the balls of the NBA Commish in ridding the League of racist owners.
 

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He could be standing there in a pointy white hat and you'd still forgive him.
You’re wrong about that!
Let’s not forget the time period, if you go by the way people conducted themselves you would have to condemn 3/4 of the white population today.
If he’s standing there in a Ku Klux Klan outfit then that’s a whole different story.
 

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You’re wrong about that!
Let’s not forget the time period, if you go by the way people conducted themselves you would have to condemn 3/4 of the white population today.
If he’s standing there in a Ku Klux Klan outfit then that’s a whole different story.
Yes. Lets not forget the time period where they could really express how they feel.

It wouldn't be any different if he was dressed up in a Klan uniform or not. It represents the same thing.
 

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Its well known that Jerry Jones was/is a supporter of Donald Trump. SI it seems is doing the corporate media bidding of attacking anyone associated with the former President. But talk about digging deep in the crates, Jones is 15 in this photo.
 
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