Don Lemon Takes on Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones A Harrowing Portrait of the Apartheid Era with the Little Rock Nine Survivor

CNN anchor without a lemon In the face of the shocking unearthed photo of the owner of the Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones In a pro-apartheid rally by getting a perspective Ernest Greena live member of the Little Rock Nine.

In the Wednesday morning edition of CNN this morningLemon and co-mortifier Caitlan Collins He played a video of Jones explaining his presence in a crowd shouting insults and blocking the way of black students on September 9, 1957, at North Little Rock High.

“That was, oh my God, 60, 65 and he was such a curious kid, I didn’t know at the time the rally the huge event was going on. And I’m sure we’re glad we’re apart of that, I am. Would that remind me, just We continued to do everything we could to prevent such things from happening.”

Then he brought in Lemon and Collins-Green, who a few weeks later had integrated Little Rock Central High School with eight other black students, who reframed the issue in the current context:

Ernest Green, Member, Little Rock Nine: Well, good morning to you both and the fans. Well, my point is, Jerry Jones is an opportunity to make that picture, have a different ending, by pursuing diversity and inclusion and engaging the African American community, people of color, all over this country.

The Dallas Cowboys is an institution that most Americans know something about. Professional football is an entity that everyone cares about. And I think instead of talking to Jerry about what happened in 1957, let’s go ahead and see what we can do with this year.

Don Lemon, CNN Anchor: I think it’s — listen, I have to tell you, Mr. Green — thank you very much for doing that. good morning to you. happy thanks giving. It’s really an honor to be with you, because — people like you are hugely the reason I get to sit in the seat and do what I do.

So I think it’s tremendous that you want to stay in the present and move forward. But if you look at that picture, at the faces in that crowd, you encounter — you encounter similar faces, and you see these people, those people grew up to be adults, and many of them are still alive today, functioning in that community. So for those faces, like Jerry Jones and the others you witnessed, what is your message to them now?

Greene: Well, they have a chance today to write — to make that picture a different outcome, to show that this can be a country that includes people, not once to turn them away. I mean, the reason I went to Central High School was, first, because it was closer to me than the school I was attending. And the second, that Central had more layers, and a variety of layers. They had physics, we didn’t have physics.

All of this was to show that a lonely life in Arkansas was not something that would have a good outcome. And I believe today, as president of the Dallas Cowboys, he has an opportunity to make a tremendous impact on expanding opportunity in this country.

Collins: And that was a big question, does he use his role — that was the kind of question that was raised, I think. Is he using his role and promoting black coaches to elevate not just Jerry Jones, but other organizations in the NFL? Because that was — seems like a big blind spot for them.

Green: Well, I think you’re right. I mean, the article I read showed that while the Cowboys did have an African-American quarterback, they did — I follow that daily part-ownership, an opportunity to bring in black and colored coaches, all at their fingertips. And that Jerry Jones somehow, has more interest in him than many of the other owners.

It is a pacemaker, it can adjust the tone. And I hope he does, and I hope he uses this as a stepping stone and not a stone to throw at someone. But I applaud you for raising this because the NFL sets the tone for more than just a sport, it really sets the tone for the country as a whole and going forward as we need to.

We need more business community involvement. We must be able to show that there is a relationship between education and success. It all ties together and I think Jerry Jones — he has the opportunity to try and right and wrong.

Lemon: Yes. Well, I think you’re right, if you look at the change that often happens through sports, at Jackie Robinson, with Arthur Ashe, with Muhammad Ali, with Wilma Rudolph and all the people who’ve broken barriers in this country, and they’ve done it through sports. You did it by merging the schools, you know.

I’m honored and glad you’re here to give us some perspective, Ernest Green. Thank you so much. you will be fine.

GREEN: Thank you, and have a nice holiday everyone.

Lemon: Yes.

Collins: Thank you, Ernest.

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