CT NAACP Chief Criticizes Dem Convention Process

From Neil Vigdor, Hartford Courant:

What has long been the knock on Republicans in Connecticut–the lack of diversity among its candidates for statewide office–is now roiling Democrats just days before their nominating convention.

Several black community leaders publicly aired their frustrations over the potential makeup of the ticket for the November election, with some telling The Courant that top Democrats continue to try to pigeon-hole candidates of color to run for certain offices.

A decision by the party to conduct the voting for state treasurer last on the agenda–after governor and lieutenant governor–has rankled some minority politicians.

Four of the last five Democrats to hold the treasurer’s office are black, including incumbent Denise Nappier, who is retiring after nearly 20 years in office.

For them to just try and limit the black and Latino community to just one spot, you only get this, is very arrogant,” said Scot X. Esdaile, president of the Connecticut NAACP.

Full story here.



  1. Melanin, or lack there of has been the deciding factor in everything America. Everything from the mass killing of Native Americans, to the slavery of Black’s, to the killing of Mexicans for part of their country, to Jim Crow, to white privilege to the election of 45. Let me know when melanin or lack thereof doesn’t play a part in this America.

    1. Don, this is how much that Melanin has played in America, the one-drop rule is a social and legal principle of racial classification that was historically prominent in the United States asserting that any person with even one ancestor of sub-Saharan-African ancestry (“one drop” of black blood) is considered black (Negro in historical terms), its implications of racial purity. America has never had a problem with whites voting for whites because that was the only game in town.

        1. You and Day are tilting at windmills. Day the Mexicans lost a war. The slaves is another story 400,000 were sent here and that was wrong. You and Day cant move forward. BTW our whole state delegations minority except for Stafstrom & and the north end guy.

          1. Andy, at what point in America’s history did blacks become equal with whites? When did all black get the right to vote, to go to the same school as whites and when did federal laws changed to give blacks the some rights as whites?

          2. i dont know the dates and I wish they were earlier. They have all been implemented and all people are covered by these laws but listening 2 people who have benefited from the ethnic problems when are you 2 professional blacks going to stop and move forward

          3. On March 6, 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court issued it’s controversial decision on Scott v. Sandford — generally referred to as “the Dred Scott case.”

            Chief Justice Taney wrote:
            “In the opinion of the court, the legislation and histories of the times, and the language used in the Declaration of Independence, show, that neither the class of persons who had been imported as slaves, nor their descendants, whether they had become free or not, were then acknowledged as a part of the people, nor intended to be included in the general words used in that memorable instrument…They had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit.”

            The infamous, oft-quoted conclusion of the Supreme Court’s decision, written by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, was that current or former slaves and their descendants had “no rights which the white man was bound to respect.”

            Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896), was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court issued in 1896. It upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities as long as the segregated facilities were equal in quality – a doctrine that came to be known as “separate but equal”.

            Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, case in which on May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously (9–0) that racial segregation in public schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits the states from denying equal protection of the laws to any person within their jurisdictions. The decision declared that separate educational facilities for white and African American students were inherently unequal. It thus rejected as inapplicable to public education the “separate but equal” doctrine, advanced by the Supreme Court in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), according to which laws mandating separate public facilities for whites and African Americans do not violate the equal-protection clause if the facilities are approximately equal. Although the 1954 decision strictly applied only to public schools, it implied that segregation was not permissible in other public facilities. Considered one of the most important rulings in the court’s history, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka helped to inspire the American civil rights movement of the late 1950s and 1960s.

  2. *** National NAACP is rumored to being investigated for helping Trump’s “2016” election team, Russian Spy’s & M. Cohen’s “Pay-Off Team, all while drawing up the Right-Wing Documents & Trump election speech on making “America Great Again”! However, the actual plans & speech was not completed by the NAACP due to the Trump Check actually “bouncing” twice! Rumor has it, the documents & speech was completed by the GOP.***

  3. *** You need some happy pills to help you deal with all your grouchy, negative, blind-sighted, chip on your shoulder, nationalist thinking, evil ways! *** Life’s Much Too Short To Worry About All The World’s Imperfections, No? ***

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