So what I gather is this: KG, Sam, the rest of the City Paper Ed team, and I are like some kind of special breed of person, homo superior mutants or something, who aren't afraid to put our faces and names next to our words. Good to know. I wonder what other abilities we have. Oooh ... I think I can see through clothes. Oh wait, I just got out of the shower and my towel fell. How embarrassing.
Surely everyone realizes that I didn't draw the parallels, nor would I have covering this. The P&C wrote an article which had at its base the argument that there were parallels.
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.
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?
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.
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