Ferguson Burns, CT NAACP’s Esdaile: ‘Honest and Open Conversation has to Continue’ Post-Ferguson

The head of the NAACP in Connecticut says racism is alive and well in America and that shouldn’t be forgotten after the situation in Ferguson, Missouri subsides. Scot X. Esdaile spoke to The Hanging Shad just before the grand jury decision was announced. It was just before 9:30 p.m. EST Monday that it was announced the grand jury would not indict Officer Darren Wilson. Violence, looting and the burning of businesses and shops ensued.

The shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9th in Ferguson. Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was fatally shot by Wilson, a white police officer. The circumstances of the shooting were in dispute and have sparked protests, unrest and questions about the police response to the situation. The eyes of the nation and beyond have focused on Ferguson as the seen of the most high-profile case involving race relations.

Scot X. Esdaile

Scot X. Esdaile

“The relationship between African Americans and the police has been troubled for generations now,” Esdaile said. “What we’re seeing now is a new generation showing rage that dates back 400 years.”

Esdaile says the situation won’t get better until people address the problem. “We need to have an open and honest conversation once this situation [in Ferguson] is over. The problem comes when we all retreat to our lives and don’t deal with the problem,” he said.

Esdaile noted the overriding factor that, “Racism is alive and well in America.”