It’s Worse Than I Thought: Supporter of Judicial Candidate Trying to Scrub Candidate’s Racist Remarks from the Internet
Yesterday I blogged about how a supporter of L.A. Superior Court judicial candidate Songhai “Sunny” Armstead abused copyright law to get a video removed from YouTube — a video that shows the candidate engaged in a racist appeal to black voters. I told you yesterday that a version of the video remains online, just without my preferred caption: “Judicial candidate: Vote for me because I’m black.”
I was a sucker. The version that remains online has edited out much of the candidate’s most blatant appeal to race.
Reader JWB explains what is going on in this video:
Why is that significant? You heard about realignment. You heard about the injustice that happens in our court system already. And you guys have seen who — I’m sure we all know who’s in our jails and who comes before our judges in court, right? It’s people who look a lot like the people in this room. People who look a lot like me.
I’ve been a prosecuting attorney and I’ve seen how things do not work in our system. I see how people who are disenfranchised, do not have appropriate education, or who come from underrepresented communities do not get access to fair justice. And part of the problem is that our judges don’t have the same life experiences that we have. They don’t have the same empathy. They don’t have the same understanding. They cannot relate. They have very narrow experiences. And so when they see a person come before them, they think everyone that comes before them is a horrible gang member or a violent criminal. You know?
Our jails are full of nonviolent people who are either have substance abuse problems, mental health issues, lack of education, or who are foster kids. Those people don’t need to be in jail. [Applause]
You have the power to change that. There are 15 open seats right now. I am the only African American running. There’s only one Chicana running. Can you guess who else is running? Are there people who care about the people in this room? Probably not. I can’t speak before them, but probably not.
So what we have is this: a woman who supports the candidate has taken a video, the copyright of which she appears not to own, and is issuing takedown notices for videos that have the candidate’s full remarks. Meanwhile, she has edited her own video to remove some of the candidate’s most inflammatory statements.
I suspect the above video will be scrubbed by the anti-speech fascists today, so watch it while you can. Reader Sean has more commentary here:
My blogging time is short today, but come Monday, this has my full attention. I am going to find a foolproof way to host the video, on my site if necessary. I do not take kindly to people who try to rewrite history and use thuggish tactics to do so.
For now, I just have one question: is the embed on my original video still working, even though it has been taken down? Please tell me if you are able to view this:
Although the video itself at YouTube is gone, this embed still works for me. Can you see it? Please let me know in the comments.
If you can watch it, jump to 4:20 and see how my version of the video does not skip at 4:24, while the video by copyright thug and Armstead supporter Gail Copeland does.
See what I mean?
Meanwhile, time to contact my tech guy to see how I can go about hosting the full video on my blog.