A report surfaced last week from The Washington Post that shows current Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones photographed amongst a group of students who were attempting to block the desegregation of North Little Rock High School in 1957; Jones was seen with the group of young men attempting to keep six black students from entering.
Jones, who was 14 years old at the time, addressed the controversial photo not long after his team's Thanksgiving win over the New York Giants, saying that he was simply there out of curiosity rather than participating in the protest.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has now offered his thoughts on the subject in a lengthy reaction.
"Obviously, we can be more empathetic and give grace to one another, regardless of race," Prescott said. "From the times we’ve come from to where we are now, thinking about the growth we’ve had. That’s who I am, how I think, optimistic. I mean [as] a guy who is completely biracial, Black and White, it’s easy for me to speak on race on one side or another. … I don't know if I've fully processed it all the way, honestly."
"In the same sense, it’s 65 years ago and how times have changed," he continued. "I mean, look at the man’s resume since then, right? As I said, I give grace. I think that’s a conversation and question not only for him but for you guys and how you all feel and how accountable you all have been in covering and discussing the disparities and differences in race."
"As I said, I’m here for growth and giving grace and trying to make this world a better place," Prescott added. "That’s who I am at my core and what I believe in. Unfortunately, things come up from the past, pictures, and they show how far we’ve come, but at the same sense, they’re a reminder of how short of a time that was ago. That wasn’t that long ago that we were all sitting on different sides, and we weren’t together. But as I said, I wouldn’t be here if it were still that way. So, I believe in grace and change. Those are questions for Jerry for you all, honestly, that I don’t have quite the answers for."