ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – An African American state senator is on the hot seat for comparing elected leaders in St. Louis to “house slaves,” and another African American elected official is calling on that state senator to step down.
African American State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal recently appeared on a radio show speaking about city leaders who support local control of the city’s police department.
Rex Sinquefield is one of the leaders behind the effort for local control of the police department, and Chappelle-Nadal attacked his stance.
"What these plantation owners like Rex Sinquefield are doing...in using some of their house slaves are doing, that are elected in St. Louis city they're actually disguising the conversation."
The presidents of the St. Louis Board of Alderman, Lewis Reed, took offense when the state senator compared city leaders to house slaves.
His office set up a Facebook page calling for Chappelle-Nadal to resign.
“She's obviously playing the race card. But it's a race card I've never seen," says Reed. “Since we're African-American, we cannot have our own thoughts or our own views, we have to be guided by, in her terms, a slave owner, or plantation owner.”
State Senator Chappelle-Nadal says she has no intention of stepping down. Reed says radio talk show host Don Imus didn’t get a pass for his comments about African Americans, and he said neither should Chappelle-Nadal.