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.
Lamar writes about the people, the politics, and the magic of Louisiana. He is the founder and publisher of the Bayou Brief and a contributing writer for the Daily Beast. Lamar is best known for his investigative reporting on public corruption, racism, and civil rights. He has appeared as a guest on CNN, MSNBC, and the BBC, and he's been the subject of profiles in The Washington Post, The Advocate, and Huffington Post. Before launching the Bayou Brief, he published CenLamar, a popular blog that initially covered the drama of City Hall in his hometown of Alexandria. Lamar is a graduate of Rice University in Houston and the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Today he lives in New Orleans and is currently writing a book about the life of reputed New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos Marcello.