It was detracting from the overall point because it wasn't relevant.
Eric was a 43 year old man with one simple possession charge over 20 years ago. These pieces of shit, at 17 years old, have already stacked up multiple fire arms charges, manufacturing, trespassing, receiving stolen goods, attempted murder, assault, failure to stop for blue lights, hindering police, and now armed robbery and murder all within the last two years. One misdemeanor does not illustrate any sort of parallel to their litany of felony charges. Surely you realize that.
I have removed the comment in the article mentioning Eric Brantley's horrific murder since it was detracting from the overall point of this post. No offense was ever meant to his memory or his family or friends, although I was aware that merely mentioning his arrest would stir up anger. However, I felt it was important to point out the arrest given that the article in question examined the parallel lives of Brantley and his alleged murderers and that the omission in such a piece helped illustrate how a type of blind-eye bigotry still infects the P&C when it comes to issues involving race. The EBLA and I will probably never see eye to eye on this, and I'm willing to accept that. I may address the complaints and issues raised by some of his friends in a future column, in part because it has introduced another aspect of life in modern Charleston, if not modern America. Some have equated Eric Brantley's murder to the brutal race war killings of the Emanuel 9, I don't see a connection, but I understand the grief of those left behind. However, I do believe that the reaction by certain portions of the white community to Brantley's murder is similar to the reactions of the black community following the Walter Scott community — the anger, the protest, the social media prescene. Sadly, too many in the white community have defended Michael Slager's action and, as far as I know, little to no in the black community has condemned the actions of the two men that killed Eric Brantley. The two reactions very much speak to the division between whites and blacks in the Charleston area. All of this is also wrapped up in the rapid gentrification of Park Circle by whites and the increasing paranoia/obsession about crime in the neighborhood, a paranoia in which those affected see any black male teenager or a black man as a threat and not as their neighbor. In part, this fear has arisen as more whites have begun to more into the traditionally lower-income pockets of Park Circle where lower-income blacks have traditionally lived. Instead of breeding a feeling of community, sometimes it seems that only more animosity and fear are being created.
There is no comparison. EBLibArmy is correct. Eric got caught with a little weed, so have I (more than once), so have many others here in the Chuck, uhhh so what. There is no "somewhat" comparison to be made. The little lowlife animals that killed him were seriously studying Murder 101 for a few years already. Those animals and their accomplices won't be missed by anybody but many people will miss Eric for years to come.
To be clear, we read your article. We get the point you are trying to make. We believe there are probably dozens of better examples you could have used without publicly stating that Brantley had a 'criminal record'. To imply that any minor brush he may have had could compare with the violent records his assailants shared is obscene. It's lazy writing. It's offensive. It actually makes you look bad as opposed to the P&C who treated his memory with respect. At the very least you could apologize, but removing the portion of your article insinuating that Brantley shared a history of violence in common with the people who murdered him would be ideal.
Holy mother of christ what a painfully boring steaming pile of click-bait drivel. You have officially eclipsed even your own self as an embarrasment to an already embarassing rag.
Btw du buois, It's tenet, not tenant; you fucking imbecile.
Why can't you admit that using Eric Brantley was low on your part, aside from what the post has done.
Let me get this straight. You want me to apologize for one comment highlighting how a newspaper failed to mention one aspect about one man's life that was pertinent to the story they were telling but somehow you don't care that very same organization repeatedly helped subjugate and foster terrorism against an entire race of people? Why aren't you demanding the P&C apologize?
Dear Chris Haire,
Where is the apology?
The mention of Eric Brantley was not to draw hits. I wouldn't have expected that to be the case. I was merely trying to make a point by citing a recent example. Clearly, you can understand my point in noting certain facts: it is a recent omission on the part of the P&C. I urge you to step back from your friendship for just a moment and see what I said from the perspective of someone who tries to hold the P&C accountable, and encourages them to cast off their soft bigotry and acknowledge the hard bigotry of their past. The death of Eric Brantley was a tragic loss. Hopefully those who are responsible will receive a just punishment.
For many of us reading the P&C article in question was painful, though for some it offered a bit of context for why his assailants may have made the deadly choice they made in the early hours of April 20th. That being said, at no time did it feel like an assault on Eric Brantley's character. The same can't be said for you using his name in order to make a jab at a paper you very obviously take umbrage with. As a journalist in a town riddled with 'soft bigotry'; surely you could have found another example, especially so soon after our friend's violent passing. If you ask me, an apology is in order. Initially I considered writing to you privately as I suspect his inclusion in this article was intentional as a way to draw 'hits' to your site. I preferred not to draw additional traffic it's way. I changed my mind after reading your responses. I'm formally asking that you retract the portion of your article mentioning Brantley's name. There is no reason why responsible journalism can't be respectful to the victim of a brutal murder and his friends and family.
Chris Haire you are an absolute idiot and should be ashamed of your self and should never be allowed to write anything again. "Not even a letter to your mother"
First off you threw every thing you could at this dumbass puff piece and not only did you do a disservice to the musicians that you should have focused on but you managed to show just how slow,shallow and racist you your self are!!! You fall right in the same line with all those other bigots that you mentioned...
You wanted or needed attention " obviously"
Well you got the attention of EBLA and we do not take kindly to your complete disrespect and disregard to our good friend and great mans life.
Eric Devlin Brantley was and will always be regarded as an honest and honorable person far from what you tried to compare him to.
Of course, Eric Brantley's past had nothing to do with his killing. But the P&C wrote an article specifically — specifically — about the parallels between EB and his alleged killers and then failed to note an additional parallel; after all, they mention one alleged killer's misdemeanor drug arrest. That he took responsibility for his life, as you said, is key to the story. It only makes him a stronger, better person. None of what I said is to excuse their actions bc their actions are inexcusable. I appreciate the love that so many feel for their friend. I do. But reporting is about honesty, and like I said, while I wouldn't have taken the parallel lives tract or advised my writers to do so, the P&C did and then offered an incomplete parallel narrative.
Adding Eric Brantley as a side note to your article is disgraceful. Two armed men shot and killed Eric Brantley (unarmed and innocent). Eric's past had nothing to do with his killing. He didn't initiate the violence; they did. Shame on you using a man's death to make a name for yourself. The parallels that the Post and Courier drew was that they came from similar backgrounds growing up. Eric chose to take responsibility for his life while the other two men did little or nothing to better themselves. They took his life. Period. Utterly disappointed in the lack of better judgement from the paper's editor. Soft bigotry, really!
Bill and Ella, I appreciate your sadness over your friend's passing. It saddens me too. The P&C wrote an article that drew parallels between Eric Brantley and his alleged killers. I didn't do that, and I surely wouldn't have in the way they did if I had. From a narrative point of view, and one of factual reporting, the arrest omission should not have happened, if you're trying to draw parallels. Many of us have been arrested for similar things — some of us have drunk driving convictions, some of us drug convictions while some of us simply never got caught for those things. The point is, the P&C was attempting to draw parallels and they apparently never once considered EB might have an arrest record. But like I said, I wouldn't have taken that approach, but I do believe this failure to consider that he might have one is rooted in a soft bigotry.
Hold on, are you talking about Emily or me? Emily, right, since Jack was her guitarist and she paid him? Wait, wait, you mean me? Jack, one, wasn't my employee; he was a freelance columnist prior to my arrival at the paper. Two, while I chatted with Jack briefly at AC's on a few occasions when I would stop in at lunch, I would not have considered him a friend, just a professional colleague. He's a very nice man and an extremely hard worker and I agreed with many of his foreign policy views — being an anti-war, anti-interventionalist guy after all — and his libertarian streak — I lean heavily libertarian on the Democratic spectrum. I admire those things about him. However, I admire even more his willingness to apologize for his old racist ways. I believe he is sincere, and I wish him the absolute best in all of his endeavors. That said, the Post and Courier should have never allowed Jack to write about a friend.
Chris Haire.... Why does Byron keep beating you for "Charleston's best bum" in the city paper awards? Don't you work there?
Eat shit you prick.
What makes you think you can take your assigned story about a musician (I think... Your writing is painfully boring) and twist it to include Eric Brantley? You are a disgusting human being to grasp straws to this point just to be heard. Your opinion doesn't matter. And this article is shit.
You are an idiot sir. To compare my friend's misdemeanour charge for posession of marijuana to the criminal records of the scumbag low lives that murdered him in cold blood is highly offensive, which i can only guess is your intention. Both of those guys have charges for weapons distribution, aggravated assault and one has attempted murder. Eric was worth a million of them. Hopefully they will rot in jail for the rest of their miserable lives.
Probably shouldn't use the Hunter defense, since he was both your employee and your friend.
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