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This website is dedicated to the life and work of the late Bayard Rustin.

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"We need in every community a group of angelic troublemakers." --Bayard Rustin--

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Allen Jones has lived in San Francisco since 1960.

In the course of his activism on other matters concerning San Francisco, Jones noticed, and was surprised, as a 49er fan to hear that in December 2011, the NFL had loaned the San Francisco 49ers $200 million to build a new stadium 35 miles south of San Francisco.

Aware of the NFL’s "Commitment to the Community Letter" dated June 15, 2011 made it even harder to believe. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell promised to support communities that support the NFL. But six months later, in December 2011, the NFL owners voted to loan the 49ers $200 million to leave the Black community of San Francisco that had supported the team for the last 40 years of the team's 67 years being in the city.

Jones firmly believes any sports team has the right to take its business anywhere it can make the most profit. However, there is a right way to leave and a wrong way to leave. Jones believes something was seriouly wrong with how the team moved away from San francisco's struggling Black community.

Looking into the matter further, Jones discovered more blatant hypocrisy by elected city officials of San Francisco concerning the 49er departure. That has caused Jones to revolt as a fan of not only the 49ers but also as a fan of "Everyone's favorite city."

In respect for the struggling Bayview Hunters Point where Candlestick Park was located and respect for the name San Francisco, Jones felt the duty to fight back.

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This site was created for the purpose of chronicling racism as viewed by its creator, of, the SF 49ers owner Denise York's now successful relocating of the team out of San Francisco. SF 49er Fan Revolt will continue to track racism on this same site as perpetrated by San Francisco City Hall, until major changes occur in policy decisions that affect the SF Black community.

 

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Friday
Mar252016

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2016

CONTACT:
Allen Jones
(415) 756-7733
jones-allen@att.net
 

 

Critic of SF racism says, BSU at Lowell High School should take the lead in phasing out “Black History Month” in all of America. 

(San Francisco, CA) – Allen Jones, a longtime resident of San Francisco (1960) and activist known for documenting SF and City Hall racism, points the finger of blame at an outdated Black History Month, not racism, as the reason Black students attending San Francisco’s highly regarded, Lowell High School walked out of class last month.

Black Historian, Carter G. Woodson created what we now call Black History Month in 1926, with the intention it should be temporary. Jones says, “90 years and counting does not equate as temporary, nor does it suggests we are following the wishes of this historian and visionary.”

Citing as a misunderstanding, a Lowell High student put up a poster to celebrate Black History in his school last month was simply trying to honor his Black friends, Black rap idols and Black president. But some Black students took offense to the poster. The result has caused one now confused, Lowell student to possibly look for another school and a few Black students at Lowell making what Jones calls “unrealistic demands” of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). Jones takes claims of Lowell High treating its Black students in a manner that led to this Black Student Union (BSU) led walk out of class very seriously. And in no way suggests Lowell’s Black students are exaggerating their claims of racism.

However, Jones feels, based on the evidence and a visit with the school’s principal, Andrew Ishibashi, whatever Black students of Lowell felt, it was not racism. He adds, "All 2700 students of Lowell High should be proud of their principal."

Jones does question the SFUSD and the SF Board of Education (SF BOE) for how it responded to the walkout and a subsequent “Demand letter,” supposedly written by the BSU. The demand letter by the Lowell BSU reads like an unrealistic and “Coached” document. One member of the SF school board published his opinion in a local opinion piece, which suggested all of SFUSD has a problem with racism based on what happened at Lowell.

Jones does believe there is hope for a greater percentage of high achieving Black students from San Francisco to attend Lowell High School without fear of being viewed or treated negatively, while trying to get a Lowell education. But with political correctness standing in the way of Black progress by offering a false sense of respect to Blacks and a nation leaning on an outdated plan to recognize the countless contributions of Blacks in America, Lowell High School will have to work a miracle just to add one Black student.

Jones believes a first and big step towards making Blacks at any school in the country feel as though they belong, would be to phase out “Black History Month.” The well-respected and also harsh critic of San Francisco racism and president of the SF NAACP Rev. Dr. Amos Brown recommended an “Ethnic Heritage Month.” Jones concludes, “Lowell High School’s Black Student Union can't have it both ways and does not need the SFUSD to lead them by the hand. Lowell's BSU only needs to coordinate and celebrate the opportunity to lead.”  

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