Video Commentary | An historic election in Alexandria should not be hijacked by hatred

Fair warning: This video is an hour and fourteen minutes long, and chances are that if you’re not from Central Louisiana, you may doze off within the first ten minutes. But if  you are from CenLa, I encourage you to watch this, because the vitriol expressed against my reporting reveals a lot of uncomfortable but important truths about the state of the region’s toxic politics.

Celeta McCall (pictured above, photo source: Facebook) and her son Tavares Swafford have spent the better part of the past week on their online radio show smearing me as a racist for publishing a series of reports about the Alexandria mayor’s race, reports that exclusively concerned campaign finance disclosures, polling data, and a potentially illegal sample ballot. 

This is my response (best viewed in full screen mode): 

The original videos can be located via Facebook.  

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Lamar White, Jr. is a native of Alexandria, Louisiana, a resident of New Orleans, a product of the state public education system, and a graduate of Rice University in Houston and Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law in Dallas. Prior to launching the Bayou Brief, Lamar published the award-winning blog site, CenLamar, and worked for more than five years as an executive assistant to his hometown mayor. Lamar's investigative reporting has been referenced by every major news publication in the country, and he has been the subject of profiles in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and the Advocate.