Missouri Democratic state senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal said the ongoing violence following the Ferguson grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson is “St. Louis’ race war.”
The state senator spoke with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on Monday night, her voice thick with emotion as bricks battered cop cars and broke shop windows and tear gas canisters arced across intersections in St. Louis, Missouri.
Chappelle-Nadal decried the “systematic racism that we have in our state government and our state party,” worrying that the damage may be past the point of recovery.
“I have to tell you, this is St. Louis’ race war,” she continued. “We didn’t have a race war like other cities throughout the country. This is our race war.”
“I know of people in my own party, in my own government structure, who disregard things that we say and how we feel,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “And we are not going to allow it anymore.”