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

Richard Callow, campaign manager for Slay, says that he and his staff were taken aback when they saw the offensive flyer.

"It is an appalling contradiction to the Reed campaign's theme of 'One St. Louis' when they and their supporters demean, in the worst possible way, African Americans who support Mayor Slay," Callow tells Daily RFT, noting that this group includes Frankie Muse Freeman, a 96-year-old civil rights activist.

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Francis Slay at a "Sisters for Slay" campaign event.

The Slay campaign has also gone after Reed for accepting donations from the "Grim Reaper of Radio" Bob Romanik, a convicted felon with ties to a major east side racketeering scandal.

But Glenn Burleigh, campaign manager for Reed, tells Daily RFT that, very simply, the campaign has nothing to do with the film or the flyer.

"Slay should take it up with the people responsible for it," he says.

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Lewis Reed speaking at a recent debate as Francis Slay watches.

Asked if he condones the message of the flyer, Burleigh adds, "We don't have an official campaign position on this.... Personally, I think the graphic's in poor taste... It's just not ours."

He adds, "The Slay campaign is trying to focus negative attention on anything they can, because Lewis is too good of a candidate."

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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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