Elections

Cloves Campbell Jr.'s "House Negro" Comment Faces Criticism from Black Leaders

Black progressive community leaders in Phoenix are speaking out against a recent editorial written by Cloves Campbell Jr. in which he referred to one of the City Council District 8 candidates as a "house negro."

Campbell published the opinion piece in his newspaper, the Arizona Informant, on May 22. He doesn't identify the individual, but it's likely he's directing the epithet at Lawrence Robinson, one of the black candidates in the race.

In an open letter, several black leaders write that the views expressed in Campbell's Op-Ed piece are "disappointing to see in public discourse."

See also: Pastor Warren Stewart Supporter Cloves Campbell Calls Stewart's Political Opponent a "House Negro" Black Leaders in Phoenix Struggle to Retain Power in a District They've Historically Controlled