Francis Slay v. Lewis Reed: Slavery Image on "Bootlicker" Film Flyer Sparks Controversy

Slay's three terms in office -- and the support he has gotten from black officials -- amount to a kind of slavery, Artis says.

"It actually is slavery once removed," he says. "I don't want anybody to diminish that this was a modern version of slavery. If they find that offensive, then I find that incredible.... I find it odd they would find that offensive."

He says of the flyer, "It's the idea of Slay utilizing blacks.... There's a black [man]...on his knees kissing the hand of Slay."

In the race for mayor, Slay has gotten support from some black leaders in the city -- and Artis says his film is targeting them and their backing of Slay.

These "so-called black leaders," he says, are "slayves," adding, "St. Louis is one big plantation. It is the Slay plantation."

Here's a trailer Artis sent us:

As is seen on the RiverCity website, his organization has formally endorsed Reed -- the first candidate they've ever endorsed, he says.

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"My paper never endorses candidates," Artis says. "But he is the only likely candidate who can take us out of this racial division, because of a number of reasons. Lewis helped black and white firefighters come together. He seems really aimed at facing racial division head on."

Continue for comments from the Slay and Reed campaigns.

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jealousblues1
jealousblues1 topcommenter

Apparently music used in this video was done without the artists permission 

jayvhall
jayvhall

RE: BOOTLICKER Film Promotion
It is disheartening as a citizen of this city to see blatant promotion that furthers the racial divide that we live with on a daily basis. PLEASE editorialize and debate, but political cartooning is misunderstood by the youth and misinformed of Saint Louis. We have a responsibility to better the city, not steer it toward more division and closemindedness.

I attempted to email the RiverCity Examiner at the email addresses on their website, but my emails were undeliverable. Perhaps their servers are down. Or maybe not? It would appear they don't want to hear from others.

KITTY
KITTY

Reed cant' win without injecting race in his run for mayor. Each and every time a black person runs against a white canditate racism rears its ugly head time and again. Never mind blacks are as racist as any white person ever was. This kind of shit makes me sick. Give it up Reed. You don't have a chance to beat Slay regardless of how low to stoop to get elected. As far as Sherman George - he was a fucking clown who brought disgrace to the fire department. He should never have been chief to begin with. Firing him was justified and we are better off without him.

Lloyd Henry
Lloyd Henry

Darrell Ford - Could you provide some verifiable evidence of your claim?

Darrell Ford
Darrell Ford

Of course Reed is going to play the race card...He's a racist !

Jeremy Morris-Burke
Jeremy Morris-Burke

Shouldn't the movie be called "Handkisser"? 'Cause, that's what he's doing in the picture. And I'm seeing this on the day the Pope, who is easily the most hand-kissed human alive, retires? I smell a C-o-n-s-p-i-r-a-c-y-!-!-!

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

If you can't use offensive race issues to determine an election what can you use? Policy? Results? Reasonable and logical discussion? Pfft! Boring!

Linda Woods
Linda Woods

Who put this on. Ifeel it was a moron who did.

Robert A. West
Robert A. West

The race-baiting tactics by Reed's supporters in this election have been quite deplorable, if you ask me. I'm not a huge Slay fan, and I was willing to give a challenger a serious chance and listen, but I haven't heard anything to move me toward Reed, even a little bit.

rach0176
rach0176

I was born and raised in St. Louis. I went to school and started my career throughout the South and I have yet to see racism like I saw in St. Louis. Eventhough its home, I would never move back if I can help it. It is a profound racial divide in the city and nobody cares. Sad but very true!

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