Rayla Campbell, a black Republican challenging progressive U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), fled her home in fear for her life after a popular Boston Black Lives Matter activist trashed her on social media over her marriage to a white man and "proximity to white supremacy."
Campbell, a mother of three, told the Boston Herald on Tuesday that the crude attack was "racism to the ultimate level."
"Racism is racism no matter where it comes from," she said. "I was horrified and absolutely terrified. I had to uproot my family and just stay elsewhere."
The BLM activist and Pressley supporter, Monica Cannon-Grant, upset by Campbell's candidacy, posted the viciously racist rant on Facebook last week. She took it down soon after, but not before local blogger "Turtleboy" downloaded and disseminated it.
You can watch a shortened video posted on Twitter below or the entire video here.
Content Warning: Video contains vulgar language that may be disturbing to some viewers.
“White penises, white vaginas compromise your melanin” An @AyannaPressley campaign organizer & #BLM activist Moni… https://t.co/05XBDLWo2r— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ELIJAH SCHAFFER)1595093446.0
In the video, Cannon-Grant questioned Campbell's "blackness" over her marriage to her white husband, calling her "melanin-adjacent":
This heifer running against Ayanna Pressley. This one here with the white husband. At some point we gonna have to have a conversation with black folks who get in a relationship with white folks and then forget that they black.
If white vagina and white penises jeopardize your melanin, then we need you to sit in the back of the classroom and this ain't your part of the show and you don't get to talk right now.
Regardless of how many white penises you ride, and I ain't mad at you sis because if you riding that mother f***er for a credit score, get you that house, boo. Get you that 40 acres and a mule. Just don't forget you a n*****.
I'll be damned if I let this melanin-adjacent woman, whose proximity to white supremacy is so disgusting, be disrespectful to our congresswoman because white folks have convinced her that she was better. She's an exceptional negro? Is that what it is?
At another point in the video, Cannon-Grant suggested that Campbell, due to her conservative political beliefs, is a "house negro," akin to slaves who would bow to their master and report other runaway slaves.
Turtleboy noted in the blog that the claim "is ironic, because by being an outspoken conservative black woman, Campbell has essentially ran away from the democratic [sic] plantation and is being reported as a runaway by people like Cannon-Grant."
According to the Herald, Campbell has demanded apologies from Cannon-Grant as well as Pressley and Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy III (Mass.), both of whom have touted Cannon-Grant's support.
For her part, Cannon-Grant reportedly apologized for her words, saying, "I do wish I had been more careful with my words when I commented about an individual seeking public office last week, and for that I take responsibility — this work requires more from me right now, and I'm learning to deal with this bigger spotlight."
Campbell is currently running a write-in campaign in hopes of getting on the November ballot for Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District.