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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