There has been much discussion this week about the dumping of two key historical figures by the Connecticut Democratic party. The names of Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson will no longer be used in the party’s big annual fundraiser, now formerly known as the Jefferson Jackson Bailey dinner.
The central committee voted to remove Jefferson and Jackson after a request by the Connecticut NAACP for the Democratic party to leave its “racist past.” Both Jefferson and Jackson owned slaves.
This Sunday on Face the State on WFSB Hartford (CBS) we talked with the president of the CT NAACP about the decision, which quickly made national news.
Esdaile explained in detail his reasoning for wanting the JJB dinner to be renamed, but what’s next? If Jefferson is too racist of a figure to be in the name of an event, then what about schools and streets in Connecticut named for him? What about other slave owners honored in our state? Should the town of Madison be called Hammonasset because President James Madison owned slaves?
Esdaile says we should open a dialogue about that and he would support a name change “1000” per cent.” He also wants a discussion on removing slave owners from U.S. currency.
watch the segment right here: http://www.wfsb.com/clip/11711636/ct-naacp-talks-about-decision-to-rename-jefferson-jackson-bailey-dinner
Esdaile’s suggestion for a new name for the dinner? The Obama Clinton Bailey dinner or the Obama Johnson Bailey dinner.