City disclaiming Black Lives Matter videos, not others

by Roch Smith, Jr.



The City of Greensboro added a disclaimer to a video shown by a citizen at a City Council meeting on November 15, 2016. Not all videos get this treatment.

GREENSBORO, NC — At last night’s City Council meeting, citizen April Parker, while speaking from the floor, showed a video of City Attorney Tom Carruthers misleading the public about votes taken by City Council in closed session. That video was previously posted on Greensboro 101.

The city modified the video by plastering across it “This video is from a resident and does not represent the city in any way.”

Of seventeen videos shown by people speaking from the floor at City Council meetings since 2013, only three have had this disclaimer superimposed on them. All three have something in common, they were related to Black Lives Matter. Two were presented by members of Black Lives Matter, Parker and Anthony Ndege. The third was about race and police and referred to Black Lives Matter.


14 videos shown by citizens at Greensboro City Council meetings since 2013 were not subjected to a superimposed disclaimer.

Why were these three videos singled out for the disclaimer and who decides? These questions have been posed to the city and this post will be updated when they reply.

A sad irony is that the video shown last night was comprised almost entirely of official video and audio recordings of the proceedings of the City Council. Of this, the City would have us believe it does not “represent the City in any way.” Well, yes, it represents the city significantly, no matter the desperate and ham-handed attempts at spin control.

1 Comment on "City disclaiming Black Lives Matter videos, not others"

  1. This is interesting, don’t you think? Maybe there’s a term for it, you know, how when cops only target minorities it’s called racial profiling. Wonder what this process should be called?

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